Streptococcus is a type of bacteria that can lead to a wide variety of other conditions, including strep throat or rheumatic fever.
Rather than being one specific condition, streptococcus is a group of bacteria that can lead to other conditions. Streptococcus can lead to:
- Erysipelas (a bacterial skin infection)
- Rheumatic fever
- Scarlet fever
- Strep pneumonia
- Strep throat
Coming into direct contact with an infected person’s mucus, skin or infected lesions spreads streptococcus from person-to-person.
Signs and symptoms of a streptococcus infection vary according to the condition that results, and can include:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Respiratory (breathing) problems
- Problems with heart function