Human microflora is influenced by environmental factors and the competitive ecosystem of the organisms in the GI tract. Pathogenic significance should be based upon clinical symptoms.
Alpha-hemolytic Streptococcus refers to a group of gram-positive cocci bacteria within the Streptococcus genus. These bacteria exhibit alpha-hemolysis, a partial or "greening" hemolysis on blood agar.
Alpha-hemolytic Streptococcus can cause various infections in humans and animals, including streptococcal infections transmitted through coughs and sneezes. The viridans streptococci, another subgroup, are commensal bacteria that produce alpha-hemolysis.
Streptococcal infections are any type of infection caused by the group of bacteria Streptococcus.
There are many different types of Streptococci and infections vary in severity from mild throat infections to pneumonia.
Streptococcal infections are primarily treated with antibiotics.
Streptococci are divided into two key groups:
- alpha (α)-haemolytic Streptococci
- beta (β)-haemolytic Streptococci.
The alpha group is very common. Alpha-haemolytic Streptococciare split into two groups:
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