Strep throat is an infection caused by group A Streptococcusbacteria. It can make your throat red, swollen, and sore. You can usually clear it up with antibiotics, but in rare instances, it can lead to more serious complications.
These can be related either to the infection itself or to the way your immune system responds.
Can strep throat cause infections in other areas?
The bacteria that create strep throat can spread to other parts of your body if antibiotics don’t kill them. This can cause infections in places near your throat, including your:
- Middle ear
Can strep throat lead to deeper infections?
Yes. It can lead to an infection of tissue underneath the skin. Fat and muscle can become infected with the strep bacteria. The formal name for this is necrotizing fasciitis, and you may hear it called the “flesh-eating disease.”
It’s life-threatening, but strep throat very rarely leads to this condition -- less than 1 child in a million each year
Can strep throat lead to inflammation of the kidneys?
Yes. Its formal name is “poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis.” Usually, this goes away on its own. Taking antibiotics to treat strep doesn’t always prevent this complication.