Risk Factors for Invasive group A Streptococcal disease


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About risk factors: Risk factors for Invasive group A Streptococcal disease are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Invasive group A Streptococcal disease makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Invasive group A Streptococcal disease. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Invasive group A Streptococcal disease. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for Invasive group A Streptococcal disease in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion: Few people who come in contact with GAS will develop invasive GAS disease. Most people will have a throat or skin infection, and some may have no symptoms at all. Although healthy people can get invasive GAS disease, people with chronic illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and kidney dialysis, and those who use medications such as steroids have a higher risk. 1

Invasive disease: elderly, immunosuppressed, persons with chronic cardiac or respiratory disease, diabetes, skin lesions (i.e. children with varicella [chicken pox], intravenous drug users) African-Americans, American Indians.2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Group A Streptococcal (GAS) Disease General: DBMD
2. excerpt from Group A Streptococcal (GAS) Disease: DBMD

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