Strep throat isn’t considered to be a serious illness. Many people get strep throat on the premises of improper hygiene, decreased body resistance to illness, fatigue or unhealthy diet. All these factors facilitate the development of infections with the bacteria responsible for causing strep throat. Although people with a weak immune system are more likely to get strep throat, the illness can occur in healthy people too. Children and teenagers often get strep throat and due to this fact, most people think that strep throat doesn’t occur in adults. The truth is that strep throat can occur in adults and they may even have great difficulties in coping with it. Although strep throat in adults is rare, grownups difficultly deal with the infection.
Strep throat in adults usually occurs due to infection with streptococcus pyogens bacteria. This type of bacteria is very common and it can populate the throat, mouth and nose for long periods of time without causing any harm to the body. Strep throat in adults can be triggered by certain factors that activate the streptococcus pyogens bacteria. On the premises of stress and a weak immune system, the bacteria may start infecting the throat and the adjacent regions, thus causing strep throat.
The most common symptoms of strep throat in adults are sore throat that quickly becomes very painful, high fever, inflammation and swelling of the throat, the presence of pus on the tonsils and around them, inflammation, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, dry, stuffy nose and respiratory difficulties. In many cases, strep throat in adults isn’t accompanied by cough or runny nose.
Although the main causes of strep throat in adults are infections with streptococcus pyogens, other bacteria can also populate the throat and cause similar symptoms. Other types of bacteria responsible for causing strep throat in adults are staphylococcus, neisseria and hemophilus influenza. Unlike children, who usually have a strong immune system, adults are sometimes more susceptible to infections when their immune system is weakened by the lack of sleep, unhealthy lifestyle and stress. Therefore, most cases of strep throat in adults occur as a consequence of stress, over work and fatigue. If people suffered from flu or cold right before contracting the bacteria responsible for causing strep throat, the body has reduced strength in fighting external viral and bacterial threats. In this case, the forms of strep throat in adults can be very serious and can even lead to complications.
Strep throat in adults can lead to the following complications: acute rheumatic fever (inflammatory arthritis), acute post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis (kidney inflammation), tonsillopharyngeal cellulitis or abscess (occurs when strep throat is untreated, it is a severe inflammation of the throat accompanied by accumulation of pus) and otitis (ear infection). All these are serious complications that occur when strep throat is untreated or mistreated. Strep throat in adults can become very serious and therefore it is very important to quickly discover its symptoms in order to prevent the occurrence of undesirable effects.