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Streptococcus pyogenes is one of the three most important types of streptococci.

It may be a cause of both tonsillitis and other infections contagious through airways or skin.

Streptococcus pyogenes

Its Latin name is also streptococcus pyogenes. It belongs to group A streptococcus.

Not just streptococcus pyogenes, but other streptococci are dangerous bacteria as well. They pertain to the family of coca, the group of lactic acid bacteria. When looking through a microscope, the streptococcus bacteria appear as a bunch of berries. Independent cells could have the shape of a ball or egg. Streptococcus bacteria can cause other diseases besides tonsillitis, such as rheumatic fevers, streptococcus pneumonia, scarlet fever, middle ear infection, lung inflammation, kidney inflammation and others. 

Streptococci are most often found in the mouth, throat, skin, upper airways and in women also in the vagina and uterus, which can be dangerous both for the woman and for her foetus or new-born baby.  

The source of infection may be both people, who are ill with tonsillitis, and carriers, who are not ill themselves but they carry and spread streptococci.

Streptococci are usually treated with antibiotics, which they are vulnerable to, but the problem is the ever increasing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics (see the WHO report), where not even streptococci are an exception. For this reason a treatment without antibiotics is coming to the forefront, being possible especially for local infections such as tonsillitis, skin inflammations, earaches, and virtually on every area of the human body accessible e.g. to treatment by Streptokill.

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