What Is Streptococcus?

Streptococcus is a bacterial infection that leads to what is called strep throat. This leaves the throat feeling sore and scratchy. Only a small percentage of sore throats are due to Streptococcus. This bacteria is highly contagious and can spread via airborne droplets whenever someone who is infected coughs or sneezes, as well as through sharing food and beverages. It can also be picked up on doorknobs and other high-touch surfaces.

History of Streptococcus

The name was given in 1877 by Albert Theodor Billroth, by combining the ancient Greek prefix “strepto” with the suffix “coccus” from modern Latin and ancient Greek. Essentially, it means easily twisted grain/seed/berry.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Streptococcus

When left untreated, streptococcus complications could lead to problems like inflamed kidneys and rheumatic fever. However, the most common symptoms include the following:

  • Painful throat
  • Painful swelling
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Swollen and tender lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Nausea
  • Body aches

How You Can Treat Staphylococcus Albus

Treating streptococcus involves taking antibiotics, which can relieve sore throats and other similar symptoms. Also, they will help avoid further spreading of this bacteria and prevent complications like tonsil infections or rheumatic fever.

Doctors will commonly prescribe an antibiotic like penicillin or amoxicillin in order to treat the symptoms. These are safe and effective against this bacteria. However, for children or adults who are allergic to penicillin, there are a few other antibiotics that can be taken instead. These include:

  • Azithromycin
  • Cephalosporins
  • Clarithromycin
  • Clindamycin

Antibiotics should be taken orally between one and three times a day. Occasionally, antibiotics will be administered via injection.

Prevention

Taking the following precautions can significantly reduce your risk of getting infected with this bacteria:

  • Wash your hands. Thoroughly washing your hands is the best preventative measure you can take to avoid getting infected with Streptococcus. It is especially vital for children to wash their hands and understand how to properly do so.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. If you want to take extra precautions, cover your mouth while laughing as well. Teach children how to do the same.
  • Avoid sharing personal items, including hygiene products.
  • Wash dishes in very hot and soapy water to ensure they are free of any infection.

Cure?

Since this is a highly contagious bacterial infection, a cure for Streptococcus involves taking antibiotics to stamp out its presence within the body. A simple antibiotic regimen, such as using penicillin, should kill this bacteria.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Streptococcus can be transmitted to others very easily. This means that the necessary precautions should be taken to avoid infection and avoid infecting others.

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly. Our Path-Guard® system and Path-Away Anti-Pathogenic Aerosol Solution® can kill Streptococcus, as well as other bacteria and viruses, in under five minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your place is a healthier space. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.