What Is Streptococcus Pyogenes?

Streptococcus pyogenes is a gram-positive, aerotolerant, and extracellular bacteria that are made up of non-motile and non-sporing cocci.

History of Streptococcus Pyogenes

In 1874, streptococcus pyogenes was first discovered by the Austrian surgeon, Theodor Billroth, who was studying erysipelas and wound infections.

Billroth described the species as small organisms found in either isolated or arranged pairs, and sometimes in chains of four to twenty or even more links.

However, Billroth did not name the species. It was later on in 1884, when Friedrich Julius Rosenbach examined the bacteria isolated from suppurative lesions, and named it S. pyogenes.

The real importance and formal entry of this species came in 1879 when Louis Pasteur isolated the microorganism from the uteruses and blood of women with puerperal fever.

Pasteur proved that S. pyogenes was the etiological agent responsible for the disease that caused the highest mortality rates of women and newborns.

Like that’s not bad enough, we found out in the 20th century that S. pyogenes is also responsible for several other diseases, including sepsis, pharyngitis, and toxic shock syndrome.

Furthermore, the species is also developing resistance to antibiotics like penicillin quickly, making it one of the most dangerous pathogens in the world.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Streptococcus Pyogenes

Since streptococcus pyogenes can cause multiple diseases like  pharyngitis, scarlet fever, and necrotizing fasciitis, the symptoms vary completely depending on the disease.

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

  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Sneezing
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • A runny nose

In comparison, scarlet fever has no similar symptom:

  • A high temperature of 38C or above
  • A sore throat or swollen neck glands
  • A rash that may appear a few days later

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

How You Can Treat Streptococcus Pyogenes

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

Currently, doctors typically prescribe a regular course of either penicillin or amoxicillin to treat an infection caused by streptococcus pyogenes.

All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by streptococcus pyogenes, 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 pyogenes?

If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill streptococcus pyogenes 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 pyogenes 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.