What Is Streptococcus Faecalis?

Streptococcus faecalis is a gram-positive, commensal bacterium inhabiting our gastrointestinal tracts. Although it’s naturally present in humans, it can cause infections under certain conditions.

History of Streptococcus Faecalis

In 1906, streptococcus faecalis was first discovered by two mycologists named Andrewes and Horder. They believed it possessed qualities of the genus streptococcus.

However, nearly a century after their discovery in 1984, they were proven wrong by Schleifer and Kilpper-Bälz who proved that the species actually belonged to the genus enterococci.

Today, many people still refer to the species as streptococcus faecalis because that’s what most scientific studies called it. That’s why the two names are now considered synonyms.

No matter what you want to call it, the important thing you should know about the species is that it’s responsible for multiple diseases in humans.

What’s worse is that it’s resistant to many commonly used antimicrobial agents, including cephalosporins, aztreonam, clindamycin, aminoglycosides, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Streptococcus Faecalis

Since streptococcus faecalis can cause multiple diseases like endocarditis, meningitis, and urinary tract infections (UTIs), the symptoms vary completely depending on the disease.

For instance, people who catch endocarditis typically suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Shortness of breath
  • Aching joints and muscles
  • Chest pain when breathing
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as fever and chills

In comparison, a UTI has no similar symptoms:

  • Blood in your pee
  • Smelly or cloudy pee
  • Pain in your lower tummy
  • Pain or a burning sensation when peeing
  • Peeing suddenly or more often than usual
  • Changes in behaviour such as severe confusion or agitation, especially in older people

Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that all diseases caused by streptococcus faecalis can lead to more serious conditions if they’re not treated right away.

How You Can Treat Streptococcus Faecalis

Since streptococcus faecalis is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat it today will work tomorrow.

Currently, doctors typically pursue monotherapy with the drug ampicillin for a week or more to treat an infection caused by streptococcus faecalis.

All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by streptococcus faecalis, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.

You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of facing a problem caused by streptococcus faecalis?

If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill streptococcus faecalis is all you need to do.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly.

Our Path-Guard® System can kill streptococcus faecalis in under 5 minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your property is safe for everyone living or working there.

For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.