Streptococcus pneumoniae infection is often diagnosed by isolating the bacteria from blood or other ordinarily sterile body locations. Capsular polysaccharide antigen detection tests are also offered.
Urinary Antigen Test
A commonly produced urine antigen test may identify Streptococcus pneumoniae’s C-polysaccharide antigen as a reason for societal pneumonia. The test:
- Can identify the infection after antibiotic treatment has begun,
- Has a decent accuracy in adults, and
- Is fast and easy to use
Based on the severity of the symptoms and the part of the body affected, the doctor may additionally order the following tests:
Treatment for a Streptococcus pneumoniae infection will be determined by how the illness affects the person.
Without treatment, a person can often recover from a minor infection. However, in rare circumstances, a doctor may prescribe antibiotics to avoid problems.
Antibiotics are required to treat and, in some instances, prevent invasive illnesses.
A doctor will prescribe antibiotics for invasive infections, a combination of various illnesses. They may begin with broad-spectrum antibiotics before determining which bacteria are implicated. If testing reveals which bacteria are causing the illness, the antibiotics may be modified to target the particular organism.