Untreated Strep Throat Complications and Prevention
Please don’t keep untreated strep throat as long as you wish because it is very uncomfortable and dangerous for your health. In addition, this disease is commonly underestimated by people. It may cause complications if untreated. You should know these facts.
What It Is
Strep throat is basically a bacterial infection that will affect your throat for only a small portion of the sore throats. So, it is only affecting the throat in a small area. The sufferer of strep throat will feel sore and scratchy on his throat.
What happens when this disease untreated? The most common thing that will happen with untreated strep throat is to cause many complications. You may have kidney inflammation, rheumatic fever, and many other complications. The worst one is rheumatic fever that may give you painful and inflamed joints. The heart valve will be damaged and the sufferer may risk his life with this complication. For your information, this disease commonly affects our kids. But, it doesn’t close the possibility that strep throat also affect adults. Seeing your doctor as soon as possible when your kids have some symptoms of this disease may reduce the risk.
It is always important to see the symptoms of strep throat because we can immediately go to find a doctor to treat our illness. They are as follow:
- Pain in the throat
- Painful swallowing
- Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
- The back of the roof the mouth usually shows some tiny red spots
- Swollen, tender lymph nodes in your neck
- Younger kids may vomit frequently
- Body aches
There is also a possibility that we have those symptoms but it doesn’t affect strep throat. On other hand, those symptoms may lead us to other diseases. That’s why we should see a doctor and do some treatments ASAP. According to some health websites, strep throat also occurs with no any symptoms.
Here are the complications that may be suffered by adults as follow:
Tonsillitis is when the tonsils that usually aids he body to sort out the microorganism in preventing infection can’t do its job in filtering out the bacteria of strep throat. They will be swollen with some white spots on the top of the throat.
Scarlet Fever is when your skin comes out with a red rash over your chest and abdomen. If you keep it untreated, it will be spreading over your body.
Post-streptococcal Glomerulonephritis is when your kidney is infected with the untreated strep throat. It causes inflammation and kidney malfunctions so that your urine won’t be filtered normally. So, the symptoms can be identified through the urine output. It may include visible blood and some swelling face, eyes or abdomen. Chronic kidney failure is the worst thing that you may suffer if it is untreated.
Stay in healthy life style may help you to prevent untreated strep throat. Of course, it will prevent the risk of affecting by strep throat. Clean your hands, cover your mouth when coughing and don’t share personal item to others are the best examples of prevention.
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