How is poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis prevented?

Updated: Dec 16, 2020
  • Author: Duvuru Geetha, MD, MRCP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Preventive measures are as follows:

  • The patient and any family member or close personal contact should have a throat culture.
  • Treatment with penicillin G or erythromycin (if allergic to penicillin) helps prevent nephritis in carriers and helps prevent the spread of nephritogenic strains to others.
  • Patients with skin infections must pay close attention to personal hygiene.
  • Epidemics should prompt empirical prophylactic treatment for high-risk individuals (family and close personal contacts).

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