They may as well be the cause for other kind of infections like:
- rheumatic fever
- acute glomerulonephritis
- toxic shock syndrome
- necrotizing fasciitis
- otitis media
- brain abscess
Acute pharyngitis caused by GAS
The presence of Streptococcal throat infection is suggested by the presence of: fever, whitish spots/patches on the tonsills, tender and enlarged anterior cervical lymph nodes (glands) and the absence of cough. It takes 2 to 4 days to become clinically manifested (sudden onset of sore throat, malaise, headache and fever; in small children nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain could be present as well).
A rapid test for detection of Group A Streptococcus infections is now available at Charlestown Medical Centre (results ready in 5 - 10 minutes).