Pneumococcus

Pneumococci are a type of streptococcus bacteria. The bacteria spread through contact with people who are ill or by healthy people who carry the bacteria in the back of their nose. Pneumococcal infections can be mild or severe. The most ...1

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Symptoms of Pneumococcus

The symptoms of a pneumococcal infection can vary, depending on the type of infection you have. Common symptoms include:

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Causes of Pneumococcus

Causes: There are more than 90 different strains of S. pneumoniae, and some are much more likely to cause serious infection (virulent) than others. Some strains can be easily killed by the immune system, while others are resistant and likely ...3

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Causes List for Pneumococcus

Some possible causes of Pneumococcus or similar disorders may include:4

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Types of Pneumococcus

Types of pneumococcal infection Pneumococcal infections usually fall into one of two categories:

  • non-invasive pneumococcal infections - these occur outside the major organs or the blood and tend to be less serious
  • invasive pneumococcal infections - these occur inside a major ...
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Diagnosis of Pneumococcus

Diagnosis: There are several ways to diagnose pneumococcal infections, and the tests you have will depend on your symptoms. Physical examination If a pneumococcal infection is suspected, your GP will listen to your chest with a stethoscope. The fluids produced ...5

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Risk Factors for Pneumococcus

Who is at risk? People with a weakened immune system are most at risk of catching a pneumococcal infection. This may be because:

  • they have a serious health condition, such as HIV or diabetes, that weakens their immune system
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Treatments: Pneumococcus

Treating pneumococcal infections Non-invasive pneumococcal infections are usually mild and go away without the need for treatment. Rest, fluids and over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol are usually advised. More invasive types of pneumococcal infections can be treated ...6

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Vaccinations for Pneumococcus

Other important childhood vaccines include the PCV vaccine, which protects against pneumococccus, and the seasonal flu shot. Young children are at a greater risk of getting seriously ill from the flu, especially infants younger than six months who are too ...7

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References

  1. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ pneumococcalinfections.html
  2. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Pneumococcal-infections/ 
  3. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ pneumococcal-infections/ causes/ 
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ pneumococcal-infections/ diagnosis/ 
  6. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Pneumococcal-infections/ 
  7. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ spring15/ articles/ spring15pg17.html

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