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Dr. Martin Raff
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Was diagnosed with beta hemolytic streptococcus group b and.I wanted to know.How i got it and is it contagious?

Was diagnosed with beta hemolytic streptococcus group b and.I wanted to know.How i got it and is it contagious?

Infection?: Grp b strep is a bacteria normally found in various areas of our body. It does have the potential to produce different types of infection, but you must be predisposed in some fashion. Too much info to go into here. Commonly tested for vaginal carriage during pregnancy because can produce sepsis in neonate and mother postpartum. ...Read more

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Streptococcus (Definition)

Is a group of bacteria that grown in long chains of cocci (round cells). They are classified in part by whether they hemolyze sheep red blood cells completely, partial or not at all. The beta (complete) hemolysis ones are further classified by their capsules and the prototype is group a streptococci, that cause strep throat and rheumatic fever. The Alpha (partial) ...Read more


Dr. Jennifer Mcdonald
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What causes beta hemolytic.Streptococcus group b infection?

Common: Group b is strep is a normal bacteria in the vagina for three out of ten women. It is not caused by anything in particular and is not harmful to you unless it makes it way into the bladder and cause a urinary tract infection which should be treated. Pregnant women are tested at 35-36 weeks because while the bacteria isn't harmful to mom the baby could get pneumonia and very ill from group b strep. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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My child each year become infected with beta-hemolytic streptococcus, how can you immunize?

My child each year become infected with beta-hemolytic streptococcus, how can you immunize?

Not Yet: There is currently no vaccine avalable, although research is progressing. Only antibiotic therapy is available for proper treatment ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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What's the difference between group b streptococci and other beta hemolytic streptococci?

What's the difference between group b streptococci and other beta hemolytic streptococci?

Different strains: Beta hemolytic strep is group a and affects all ages, group b strep affects mainly newborns. See these sites for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002342/ http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/228936-overview. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Gallant
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Alpha hemolytic streptococcus are non pathogenic but streptococcus pneumoniae is grouped under this group. Why?

They're pathogemic: Alpha hemolytic strep are not non-pathogenic. They include the pneumococcus ( strep pnemoniae) and also viridans group strep. These all cause human disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Anthony Rooklin
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Is a persistent chest cough and swollen eyelids related to drs diagnosis of beta hemolytic strep group b? Just completed 7 days of cephalexin.

Perhaps: It seems that you may have an infection and as to whether it is group b strep depends on a culture. This could also be a viral illness in which case the antibiotic will not make a big difference. If you are not better in a few days then it may be worth getting a culture or empirically changing to a different antibiotic. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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