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Streptococcus

What is Streptococcus?

Streptococcus is a type of bacteria. When streptococci multiply, they grow in chains. They get their name from “streptos” which is Greek for 'twisted chain'.

Streptococcus is a gram-positive bacterium, unlike e coli, which is gram-negative. Gram-positive bacteria are so called because they give a positive result to the Gram Test - a way of staining bacteria so that they show up under a microscope. They retain the purple colour of the stain because they have a thick layer around their outer wall which basically holds the colour in. Gram negative bacteria have a more porous cell wall so the colour leaks out.

There are very many different species of streptococcus so they have been classified into different groups depending on their characteristics. Those that are most important to human health are mostly classified as Group A, B or D streptococcus. There are also Group C, F, G and H types of Streptococcus, but these are more commonly found in animals such as horses, pigs and cattle, and are much less likely to cause infections in humans.

Streptococcus

streptococcus infection

Different species of streptococcus are responsible for a wide range of health conditions, ranging from mild to life-threatening. Some of the more common species and the conditions they can cause are listed below:

  • Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A) - strep throat/pharyngitis, impetigo, scarlet fever, toxic shock syndrome
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae (Group A)- bacterial pneumonia, sinusitis, meningitis
  • Streptococcus agalactiae (Group B) - pneumonia and meningitis (in babies and the elderly)
  • Streptococcus mutans (Group D) - tooth decay
  • Streptococcus Bovis (Group D) - urinary tract infection, endocarditis

You should always seek medical advice if you suspect a streptococcal infection.

Taking Xylotene® for Streptococcus Infections of the Throat, Gums, Ear, or Urinary Tract

Xylotene (a sweet but healthy sugar) is extremely effective against Streptococcus infections since it contains Xylitol, a substance that attaches to Streptococcus and carries it out of the body.

Xylotene has been proven to be effective in treating a wide range of infections caused by streptococci (strep throat, periodontal disease, ear infection, urinary tract infections) and it is a natural anti-inflammatory. It also has the added bonus that it is also great for your bones, joints and teeth due to its ability to enhance calcium absorption.

Just mix one teaspoon of Xylotene with water and gargle with this or apply dry to quickly treat any ulcers in the mouth. There is no need to spit the Xylotene out as it can be swallowed for its full range of health benefits.

Bahador, A., Lesan, S. and Kashi, N. (2012). Effect of xylitol on cariogenic and beneficial oral streptococci: a randomized, double-blind crossover trial. Iran Journal of Microbiology,4(2), pp.75-81.

Sakallioğlu, Ö., Güvenç, I. and Cingi, C. (2014). Xylitol and its usage in ENT practice. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 128(07), pp.580-585.

Tapiainen, T. (2004). Ultrastructure of Streptococcus pneumoniae after exposure to xylitol. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 54(1), pp.225-228.

Tapiainen, T., Kontiokari, T., Sammalkivi, L., Ikaheimo, I., Koskela, M. and Uhari, M. (2001). Effect of Xylitol on Growth of Streptococcus pneumoniae in the Presence of Fructose and Sorbitol. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 45(1), pp.166-169.

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