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8 Things You Need to Know About Strep Throat
When is a sore throat a sign of something more? Roughly contract mild strep infections each year and antibiotics typically nip the problem in the bud, but if left untreated, those same infections can progress to more serious conditions. Last December, 24 hours after first complaining of strep throat symptoms, Kevin Breen, a 44-year-old husband and father of three, was admitted to the hospital with acute pancreatitis. During an exploratory procedure, doctors found 1.5 liters of infected pus teeming with streptococcal bacteria in Breen's stomach. He lived, but the medication that saved him ultimately caused kidney failure and tissue death in his extremities—he's now a candidate for partial amputation surgeries in both hands and feet. Here's what you need to know about the potentially fatal infection.
1. Strep bacteria thrives in your nose and on your skin.
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