STREP THROAT

Re: STREP THROAT

Postby Mata on 12 Dec 2012, 23:29

Surgical removal of the tonsils is much less common today thanks to the ability to rapidly and accurately diagnose strep infection, and to the excellent antibiotic coverage currently available. :x :x
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Re: STREP THROAT

Postby Mado on 12 Dec 2012, 23:30

But occasionally, your doctor might suggest the need for surgical removal of the tonsils (tonsillectomy) if an individual: is experiencing more than five documented strep throat infections in a 12 month period. :P :P :mrgreen:
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Re: STREP THROAT

Postby Tony on 12 Dec 2012, 23:31

Has tonsils that are so large, even when the individual is well, that they cause not just "snoring" but significant obstruction or blockage of the airway during sleep (sleep apnea). :arrow: :| :|
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Re: STREP THROAT

Postby Nadia on 12 Dec 2012, 23:32

Develops an uncommon but serious deep-seated infection within and surrounding one or both of the tonsils, called a "peri-tonsillar abscess". :?: :?: :?:
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Re: STREP THROAT

Postby Pauline on 12 Dec 2012, 23:33

Studies have shown that if antibiotic treatment is started within the first 48 hours of symptoms, the duration of the symptoms is reduced by one to two days. If untreated, the body's immune system will generally clear the infection within 5 to 7 days. :!: :!: :!: :!:
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Re: STREP THROAT

Postby Mata on 12 Dec 2012, 23:34

Another reason to treat strep infection early is that there is a 35% reduction in transmitting the disease to another. Reports indicate that after 24 hours of antibiotics individuals become minimally contagious. :) :) :)
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Re: STREP THROAT

Postby Mado on 12 Dec 2012, 23:37

Possible complications of untreated or partially treated strep throat infection are:
rheumatic fever (described below);
glomerulonephritis (described below);
otitis media (spread of infection to the middle ear);
meningitis (spread of infection to the lining of brain and spinal canal);
pneumonia (lung infection). :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: STREP THROAT

Postby Tony on 12 Dec 2012, 23:38

Toxic shock syndrome (a rare but severe complication of strep pharyngitis, causing severe widespread infection and organ failure); and/or abscess formation around the tonsils and behind the throat (peri-tonsillar abscess and retro-pharyngeal abscess). :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Re: STREP THROAT

Postby Nadia on 12 Dec 2012, 23:39

Formation of an abscess behind the throat (retro-pharyngeal abscess) due to untreated or under-treated strep throat infection can lead to severe illness causing pain in throat and neck, difficulty swallowing, and potential respiratory compromise. These abscesses may need to be drained by an ear-nose-throat (ENT) specialist urgently, and hospitalization may be required. :geek:
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Re: STREP THROAT

Postby Pauline on 12 Dec 2012, 23:40

There is also a condition called Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder associated with group A Streptococcus infection (PANDAS). This is a somewhat controversial condition linking group A strep infection in children with possible development and/or exacerbation of obsessive compulsive disorders or tic disorders (Tourette's syndrome) in children :roll: :lol: :D :D :D
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