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INFORMATION FOR PREGNANT WOMEN WHO HAVE BACTERIAL PHARYNGITIS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is bacterial pharyngitis?

The term pharyngitis refers to inflammation of the pharynx (the part of the throat behind the mouth and nose), or of the tonsils, which are concentrations of lymphoid tissue, a type of tissue that belongs to the immune system. Bacterial pharyngitis is pharyngitis that is caused by an infection with any of a range of bacterial species. The most common category of bacteria causing pharyngitis is called Group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus (GABHS), which is why the condition is often called "strep throat", but pharyngitis also can be caused by group C and group G Streptococcus, and by several other types of bacteria, such as: Fusobacterium necrophorum, Arcanobacterium haemolyticum, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Corynebacterium diphtheria, Francisella tularensis, Treponema pallidum, Mycoplasma pneumonia, Chlamydophila pneumonia, Chlamydophila psittaci, and a mixture of various anaerobic species of bacteria (species that flourish in the absence of oxygen).


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