Effects of Strep A - Kristine I. Lua
Kristine I. Lua
Effects of Strep A
This illustartion perfectly shows what to expect when one comes into contact with group a streptococcus or GAS. GAS is a bacterium (I) often found in the throat or on the skin (II).
Fig. A is of a healthy throat.
Fig. B is an infected one and has an enlarged uvula, tiny red hemorrhages on the soft palate, throat redness, yellow/white spots on the tonsils, inflamed tonsils and yellowish/gray furry tongues. Some strains only causes a mild form of the illness such as strep throat or impetigo (III).
On severe, sometimes life-threatening cases, GAS bacteria ends up in the blood, muscle, or the lungs. When it does, this infection is now called "invasive GAS disease" causing Necrotizing Fasciitis (IV) and Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrom which can damage the kidney, liver and lungs (V).