How Dangerous Is Untreated Strep Throat?

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A: Many people with strep throat think that they can get better relying solely on their immune system. In fact, it's pretty dangerous to live with untreated strep throat. It may get your tonsils removed and cause acute rheumatic fever and kidney failure.

1. Untreated strep throat may get your tonsils removed.

Strep throat is a type of throat infection resulting from streptococcal bacteria. In many cases, it causes tonsillitis. Therefore, if strep throat goes untreated for a long time, it may evolve into chronic tonsillitis. By then you risk getting your tonsils removed, which is a far more complicated procedure in adults than in children. [caption id="attachment_17172" align="alignnone" width="365"]Untreated strep throat, acute rheumatic fever, tonsils removed Tonsillectomy[/caption]

2. It may lead to acute rheumatic fever.

If you leave strep throat untreated, chances are that it may develop into acute rheumatic fever in about 4-6 weeks. Rheumatic fever is the most common complications of strep throat. In fact, scientists find that if you don't treat strep throat completely, bacteria will remain in the patient's tonsils and activate the immune system. As a result, the immune system may mistakenly attack other organs of the body, such as joints and heart valves. It may cause permanent damage to the heart valves and result in joint pains.

3. Prepare for acute sinusitis and ear infection.

Acute sinusitis will follow if you don't treat strep throat. Consequently, you may get severe sinus headaches and greenish-yellow discharge. Also, ear infection is a possible complication if you don't treat strep throat in time. [caption id="attachment_17174" align="alignnone" width="365"]Untreated strep throat, acute rheumatic fever, tonsils removed Guard against ear infection.[/caption]

4. Kidney failure is also a possible outcome.

If worse comes to worse, an acute rheumatic fever may lead to glomerulonephritis or kidney failure. Most possibly, this misfortune occurs on children under the age of seven. [caption id="attachment_17176" align="alignnone" width="365"]Untreated strep throat, acute rheumatic fever, tonsils removed Kidney failure[/caption] These are the most common but highly possible outcomes of untreated strep throat. As the old saying goes, it's better safe than sorry. So treat your strep throat completely before it leads to something else. Keywords: untreated strep throat.
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