April 21, 2024
Health Conditions

Streptococcal Infections cause Kidney failure


Although not the direct cause, streptococcal infections enhance the possibility of a common kidney condition that might eventually result in kidney failure. Here is an explanation:

Glomerulonephritis caused by streptococcal infections (PSGN):

This is the fundamental connection between kidney disease and strep. It is an inflammation of the glomeruli, which are the filtering units in the kidney and can appear 1-2 weeks following a throat infection or 3-4 weeks following a skin infection brought on by specific streptococcus bacterial strains.

Children between the ages of 6 to 10 are usually affected.         

Most cases end successfully and within a few weeks.

On a few occasions, however, it may result in chronic kidney damage, even kidney failure. Adults are particularly vulnerable to this risk than children.

Other such problems that could arise:

Acute interstitial nephritis: In this less common disease, the kidney tissue is immediately impacted by inflammation. In certain circumstances, it is linked to strep infections.

Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS): The severe and sometimes deadly streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS) can harm various organs, including the kidneys.

Important factors to keep in mind:

PSGN is uncommon, whereas strep infections are common.

The risk of PSGN can be considerably decreased by treating strep infections with antibiotics as soon as possible.

Consult with a doctor immediately if you have a strep infection and have symptoms like blood in the urine, edema, or decreased urine production.