2 years ago
Last edited at 6:28PM on 2/9/2012
Yes. If left untreated it can lead to kidney failure. Any infection serious enough can cause kidney failure. Specifically though, strept can cause scarlet fever which can damage the heart but can also lead to a condition called " Bright's Disease" which is an acute inflammatory kidney failure that may be permanent.
I had a strep infection which activated IGA nephropathy, which I did not know I had, and it caused severe kidney damage. Two years after many hospitalizations and different medications I had a kidney transplant. I also had my tonsils taken out to avoid further infections. Strep is nothing to play around with.