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Strep A: What Does it Mean?

As parents, we should be aware of the potential health risks for our children. Several young people have recently died in the UK from a severe form of strep A infection. This has prompted health officials to warn families around the world of this serious condition.

As the world opens up again more and more, the doors of viral transmissions have also opened. It is therefore not surprising that we have recently seen a steady increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.

While most people who come into contact with this highly contagious bacteria will not experience serious symptoms, it can still pose a serious health risk and should be taken seriously.

What is a Strep A

Strep A is common in the throat and skin and is something we all encounter at one time or another.

Unbeknownst to many, the harmless carriers of a certain contagious agent can cause harm when bringing it in contact with others. Without proper knowledge and preventative measures, these potentially vulnerable individuals may suffer from illness associated with this infectious intruder.

Transmission of the virus occurs through close contact with an infected person and through droplets from a cough or sneeze.

Even in places of education and care, such as schools or nursing homes, outbreaks can still occur. Therefore, we must be aware of the risk, even within our most trusted environments.

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What are the Symptoms

While most bacterial infections are mild, such as a sore throat or skin infection, quick access to antibiotics can help resolve these problems quickly.

Strep A is no small-time malady; it can lead to far more severe consequences than just a sore throat.

One result would be scarlet fever. Scarlet fever is a contagious illness primarily affecting young kids and requires antibiotic treatment to erase its symptoms.

Scarlet Fever

Health professionals must recognize and report suspected cases of this notifiable disease, as timely treatment can stop the spread and help prevent outbreaks.

A rash plus flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, and enlarged lymph nodes can be a telltale signs of this ailment.

For those with darker skin, the rash can be harder to spot by just looking at it. However, a telltale sign may be its sandpaper-like texture when touched.

Scarlet fever comes with an interesting symptom – a tongue that resembles a strawberry. Because of its unique hue, doctors often refer to it as the “strawberry tongue.”


Although it is rare, strep A can be responsible for a severe infection called iGAS – Invasive Group A Streptococcal. Those infected may experience severe symptoms and require urgent medical attention.

Danger lurks, which could be fatal – a reminder to stay vigilant.

In some cases, bacteria invasions can occur when an individual’s immune defenses are weakened – such as through pre-existing illness or treatments like specific cancer therapies that impair the body’s natural protection.

Be aware of high fever and severe body aches, as they could be signs of the invasive disease. 

Time is of the essence if you require medical attention – don’t wait to get quick, effective treatment.

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