Streptococcus progenes is a gram-positive bacterium that causes group A streptococcal infections. Streptococci typically have a 1-3 day incubation period and over 700 million infections are reported worldwide every year. Roughly 650,000 of these infections are severe and invasive and 25% die from their infections annually. With Streptococci progenes, early detection and treatment are critical to the outcome as an untimely diagnosis can result in sepsis or even death.
Streptococcus pyogenes is one of the most frequent pathogens found in humans with around 5-15% of normal healthy individuals carrying the bacterium in their respiratory tract. Some may never know they have it while others may not know until their defenses have been weakened allowing for a perfect breeding ground for the bacterium to wreak havoc on vulnerable tissue. Streptococcus pyogenes is very serious and isn’t the type of bacteria people should underestimate as it has claimed countless lives including The Muppet’s mastermind, Jim Henson. While it’s true that most will suffer mild infections like strep throat or impetigo in their youth, it’s important to understand its full pathogenic potential to identify, treat, and avoid these infections for all ages. Because we know how serious an infection like this can be, Clear Gear Sports Spray is specially designed to kill the germs and bacteria responsible for illnesses like Streptococcus progenes.
Clear Gear Sports Spray can be used in a variety of applications such as treating objects shared at schools, daycares, locker rooms, sports gear and equipment, backpacks, even the cases of our cell phones and tablets. In an attempt to help simplify the process, streptococci produce a toxin that breaks down red blood cells by destroying them. No blood cell is safe, however as it can also destroy white blood cells responsible for fighting off bacteria and disease. Streptococcus progenes also produces three types of exotoxins known to cause fever and scarlet fever rashes while increasing the risk of endotoxic shock and depressing antibody synthesis. Streptococcus progenes also produces a toxin that digests blood clots in order to assist in the invasion of cuts, lesions and wounds.
What makes streptococcus pyogenes so unique is that it doesn’t cause just one type of disease, but instead is very astute at causing a host different diseases that range from mild (strep throat or impetigo) to more severe problems such as streptococcal toxic shock syndrome.
The most common bacterial condition that streptococcus pyogenes causes is strep throat which is typically characterized by a painful, sore throat that appears bright red with white patches on the back of the tonsils. Strep throat is usually accompanied by other symptoms such swollen lymph nodes, fever or headache and some people experience more unpleasant symptoms such as nausea and vomiting with abdominal pain. If strep throat is left untreated, it may lead to more complications including scarlet fever which makes itself known as red rash resembling sandpaper with tiny red pinpoints on it. While scarlet fever occurs primarily in kids under ten years old, it can also occur in adults.
There are other conditions and complications mild or otherwise that Streptococcus progenes can cause. Among these are impetigo, cellulitus, necrotizing fasciitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. Fortunately, when detected early, most conditions caused by streptococcus progenes can be treated with antibiotics.
Streptococcus progenes can be spread by skin to skin contact as seen in contact sports, sharing helmets, equipment, towels or by coming in contact with an open wound. At Clear Gear, we believe that prevention is the best cure and Clear Gear Sports Spray can help in the prevention of some of the most horrendous diseases and illnesses out there.