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what exactly group b strep and how does a person get it?

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Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Group B Step: Streptococcus is a bacteria that is given different.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Group B: Germs are a common part of our existence many types inhabit our body. Some in our poo help our digestion. Some do nothing. Some can cause problems under specific conditions.U getgbs from the environment. It tends to occupy the lower female genital tract (1/3 have it at any point).If it is there during labor & delivery, it can invade a baby causing infection or do nothing at all.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

What can I do if I test positive for group b strep?

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Dr. Deya Dafashy
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Antibiotics : It is not uncommon to be gbs +ve in pregnancy.This can put the baby at risk as he comes out the birth canal .We normally prescribe antibiotics while you giving birth.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is ''group b strep''?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Bacteria in vagina: Group beta streptococcus or gbs is a bacterial present in the vagina and rectum. Approximately 20% of women are carriers and it is not a sexually transmitted infection. In most cases is does not cause problems in the mom. Babies can inhale it during vaginal delivery and this can lead to serious infections. Moms with gbs will need antibiotics in labor to protect the baby from infection.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

What can I expect if I have group b strep?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Antibiotics in labor: When a woman has group b strep we start antibiotics when she goes into labor. These antibiotics pass through the placenta and protect the baby during delivery. You can also expect more careful assessments of baby after delivery and possibly needing to stay at least 24 hours. If you don't get at least two doses of antibiotics before delivery, you may need to stay for further monitoring.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What is group b strep, and how do you get it?

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Dr. Denise Lochner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Nature: Group b strep (gbs) is a naturally occuring bacteria in the environment. It can live in the intestines of 20-25% of all individuals and in general does not cause any issues. It can however, cause an infection in the womb (uterus) during pregnancy, particularly during labor. Therefore, a woman who is known to be gbs positive is treated with antibiotics in labor to protect the baby.
A 46-year-old member asked:

When after coming into contact with somene who has group b strep do you test positive?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Why do you ask ?: Group b strep is occasionally found as a benign inhabitant of the GI tract & does create problems for newborns delivered to women who have it in their genital tract. Pregnant women go through transient periods where it is present & the disappears but rarely have any problem other than a UTI with it. It is not a germ known to cause waves of infection to people who are exposed.

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