Streptococcus Pneumoniae Symptoms


By: - Medicine - September 29, 2011
streptococcus pneumoniae symptoms overview

Strep pneumo is a very nasty little form of bacterium that precipitates infections of the respiratory system.  It is common to every age group of the population however streptococcus Pneumoniae symptoms differ in regards to age group.  Common to children is its manifestation as an inner ear bacterial infection and to adults it is primarily responsible for pneumonia within adults and the elderly population whose immune system isn’t adequate enough to ward off infections easily.

Remarkably enough, though, strep pneumo can be identified within the mouths and throats ranging anywhere between ten to forty percent of people who are in good health without causing any of the streptococcus pneumoniae symptoms and thereby making them ill.  Strepto pneumo are mainly present during the winter season when colds, flu and other respiratory issues ensue.  The characteristics of Streptococcus Pneumoniae Symptoms are difficulties in the respiratory system, a nasty chest pain, and high fever.

Beginning with a mild, irritated throat that produces a slight cough, it gradually escalates to the point of which the cough sounds like a wet kind of cough.  This results in the purging of a very foul smelling and dark phlegm.  On occasion, the infection will result in what is called a pleural effusion.  This is a build up of fluid in between the lining of the lungs and the lung itself, resulting further in an acute shortness in breath and continue until this fluid is either absorbed or drained.  The area in which the infection was found within the lung can develop abscesses as well.

A pain within the patient’s chest is another accompanying symptom of this affliction in addition to the accumulation of pus.  Sometimes this pain is confused with the symptoms of a heart attack; however chills and a high fever are present in pneumonia and not in heart attacks, although it is never a bad idea to seek out medical attention for treatment of this illness and to ensure against the possibility that it could be a heart attack.

Fevers are never a completely bad thing to endure as it is the body’s natural reaction to bacterium.  Higher temperatures will kill off any bacterium however there is a point to which temperatures should be controlled through the use of over the counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.  High temperatures in infants and children are never a great thing to see and medical attention should be sought in an effort to treat both the affliction and the fever.

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