Complications of Strep Throat
posted by Dr. Brandon Hall | October 11, 2017
Strep throat, an infection in the throat and tonsils caused by strep bacteria, causes a severe sore throat and may lead to fever. The standard treatment for strep throat is antibiotics.
If this treatment is not properly applied, or even in some cases where it is, strep throat complications can lead to other conditions or diseases that may require other treatments to solve.
Strep Infection Complications
It’s rare, but complications may result if the strep infection spreads to other areas of the body. Strep can spread to the sinuses (sinusitis), middle ear (otitis media) and tonsils (tonsillitis).
In other cases, complications might include:
Immune Response Complications
The body’s immune system responds to infections within the body like strep. However, sometimes the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissues instead, creating complications. Some of complications in the case of a strep infection might include:
There are a couple specific complications of strep throat that are worth noting individually:
If you or your child has strep throat, your doctor will offer the proper treatment recommendations to avoid possible complications.
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“Strep Throat Complications – Topic Overview.” WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/tc/strep-throat-complications-topic-overview
“Complications of Strep Throat in Adults.” LiveStrong. http://www.livestrong.com/article/105371-complications-strep-throat-adults/
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.