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

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

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. ...Read more

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Group B Strep (Definition)

Group b streptococcus is a bacteria. Many men and women are carriers of gbs. Gbs is significant in pregnancy, because having gbs that is untreated can cause illness to a newborn. Gbs is not a significant infection in the mother, she is treated only to ...Read more


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What is group b strep and how can someone get it?

What is group b strep and how can someone get it?

A bacteria: Group b strep is a type of bacteria that grows on the skin and in your vagina. It can cause an infection in the baby so all women are screened for colonization in the third trimester and treated with antibiotics during labor if the screen is positive. You get it from other people who are colonized. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss group b strep and how do you get it?

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. ...Read more

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I have group b strep should I get antibiotics?

I have group b strep should I get antibiotics?

Ignore it: Group B strep is a periodic visitor to the digestive tract and at any given time 30% of women may have it show up on a vaginal swab. Except for it's well known nasty habit of hurting newborns & occasionally causing urinary tract infections it can be just a benign hitchhiker in your system. Unless you have urinary symptoms or are in the final weeks of pregnancy, I would ignore the germ. ...Read more

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Can group b strep be transmitted sexually between man and woman?

STREP TONSILLITIS: No, it is not transmitted sexually but you can get it through kissing each other. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with group B strep infection? How did I get this? What are symptoms? I have a lot of watery/bloody discharge during sex. Related?

Diagnosed with group B strep infection? How did I get this? What are symptoms? I have a lot of watery/bloody discharge during sex. Related?

Common pest: Group b strep is a periodic visitor to the digestive tract and at any given time 30% of women may have it show up on a vaginal swab. Except for it's well known nasty habit of hurting newborns & occasionally causing urinary tract infections it can be just a benign hitchhiker in your system. If you have urinary symptoms antibiotic treatment may be helpful, but rarely eliminates this germ permanently ...Read more

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Can a fullterm baby get neonatal pneumonia from group b strep?

Can a fullterm baby get neonatal pneumonia from group b strep?

Yes: Group b strep (gbs) is a gram-positive streptococcal bacteria also known as streptococcus agalactiae. It is not the same as group a strep which causes strep throat. It is a bacteria which can spread from mother to newborn infants and is the most
common cause of sepsis and meningitis in the United States during a newborn's first week of life. It is not restricted to premature infants. ...Read more

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Can group b strep trigger a herpes outbreak? Can I pass herpes through saliva with no outbreak? Have had no outbreaks for over a year or more and suddenly my husband and I got one the other night. I have no sores in or on my mouth... But did get a call to

Can group b strep trigger a herpes outbreak? Can I pass herpes through saliva with no outbreak? Have had no outbreaks for over a year or more and suddenly my husband and I got one the other night. I have no sores in or on my mouth... But did get a call to

Yes: Yes you can get or give herpes through saliva
and yes it can stay dormant for years without any symptoms and individuals called carriers, a weakening immune system may cause the viruse to be active like depression or any physical illness can trigger the outbreak. ...Read more

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What is ''group b strep''?

What is ''group b strep''?

Bacteria: We all have different bacteria that live normally on our skin. About 15-20% of women have group b strep (gbs) on their genital area skin. It is not a std.
Group b strep is a bacteria that usually doesn't affect the mother but sometimes can cause serious infections in the baby if the mother does not get antibiotics in labor.
For more info, copy this link: http://bit. Ly/kl216m. ...Read more

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What is a group b strep test?

What is a group b strep test?

Culture for bacteria: Group b streptococcus is a bacteria present in the vagina and rectum in approximately 20% of women. The test involves a qtip swab of the vagina and rectum to see if the bacteria is present. This is usually done around the 35th week of pregnancy. If positive you will need antibiotics during labor to protect the baby from infection. ...Read more

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What to do about group b strep!!?

What to do about group b strep!!?

Ignore it: Group b strep is a periodic visitor to the digestive tract and at any given time 30% of women may have it show up on a vaginal swab. Except for it's well known nasty habit of hurting newborns & occasionally causing urinary tract infections it can be just a benign hitchhiker in your system. Unless you have urinary symptoms or are in the final weeks of pregnancy, I would ignore the germ. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have group b strep?

How can I know if I have group b strep?

Test for it: Group b strep is a common germ in nature & found at any one moment in the genital tract of ~1/3 of women. In most cases it is innocuous, causing no harm, although it sometimes can cause a uti. It can be there one week & gone the next however, if passed to a newborn during labor or delivery, a fraction will get very sick. I would consider any mom @ risk & rely on the ob's to monitor the situation. ...Read more

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What can I expect if I have group b strep?

What can I expect if I have group b strep?

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. ...Read more

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What to do if I think I have group b strep?

Why?: For most women, GBS is an innocent germ that can be found in the poo or the female genital structures of about a third at any time. It becomes an issue with pregnancy where it may pass to the newborn and cause significant disease. It occasionally causes UTI's in women. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: group b strep?

GBS: Group b streptococcus is a bacteria. Many men and women are carriers of gbs. Gbs is significant in pregnancy, because having gbs that is untreated can cause illness to a newborn. Gbs is not a significant infection in the mother, she is treated only to protect her unborn child. ...Read more

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What would be a nanda diagnosis for someone with group b strep?

Group b strep: I'm not sure what you mean by nanda diagnosis. Gbs is significant for pregnancy. It is a bacteria only significant on its affect on newborns. Women with gbs only need to be treated to keep their newborn healthy. ...Read more

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How probable is it for a 59 year old to recover from group b strep?

Variable: Gbs is not a common germ for the adult set. It is known to cause urinary tract disease in women. If it were part of an emergency patient, you might be given residual. ...Read more

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How probable is if for a 59 year old to recover from group b strep?

Confusing question: Group b strep is a common germ found in the female genital tract. It is transiently found in a third of women at any time during pregnancy & for them usually causes no problems. It is occasionally found as a cause of a urinary tract infection in females & blood poisoning or meningitis in newborns. Unless an adult had an immune defect, I don't see gbs as causing any major problem. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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I've just been diagnosed with group b strep can someone give me more info about it please?

Common problem: As many as a 3rd of women will be found to carry gbs in their genital tract at any given time. It is a common germ found in the bowel and occasionally causes uti's in women. Newborns who are exposed can develop blood poisoning, pneumonia and progress rapidly to a fatal outcome. In the us, women carrriers get IV antibiotics in labor and the newborns are monitored. Most do quite well. ...Read more

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How long after coming into contact with somene who has group b strep can you start developing symptoms?

Confusing question: Group b strep is a common cause of newborn blood poisoning & pneumonia syndrome but rarely trouble to anyone else. The germ can travel in the fluids at birth into babies nose & lungs & cause immediate or delayed (up to 6-'s 8 wks) symptoms. It occasionally causes uti's in females & is occasionally found in stool cultures. I have never seen or treated a gbs problem in any kid over 2 months old. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to do if I found out I was positice for group b strep. I don't really understand what it means if its bad?

Can you tell me what to do if I found out I was positice for group b strep. I don't really understand what it means if its bad?

Ignore it: Group b strep is a periodic visitor to the digestive tract and at any given time 30% of women may have it show up on a vaginal swab. Except for it's well known nasty habit of infecting newborns ; occasionally causing urinary tract infections it can be just a benign hitchhiker in your system. Unless you have urinary symptoms or are in the final weeks of pregnancy, I would ignore the germ. ...Read more

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How must I prepare for labor if I have group b strep?

How must I prepare for labor if I have group b strep?

If water brks go in: Since gbs carriage affects a signifcant percentage of moms the routein your ob's advises will generally cover this possibility. The only extra caution I would add would be to go in as soon as your water breaks, even if you don't think your in good labor. Open waters allows an access point for the germ so go in & get started with the gbs protocol. Also go early enough for the to get meds in (~6hr). ...Read more

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How is a group b strep infection treated in moms. Babies?

OB/peds have protocl: The frequency of invasive group b strep disease has declined since the adoption of surveillance and treatment protocols by ob's & peds. Since gbs can come & go, most moms will be screened at 35-37 wks & receive abx during labor if positive, if status unknown she will be treated. Babies are monitored & treated if any signs appear that suggest invasive disease. ...Read more

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What is group b strep like?

Variable: It is a germ normally found in the intestines causing no problems & can be there on & off. It can contaminate the female genital tract & cause a uti. It can get into a leaking bag of waters around a baby & cause infection & death. Babies that pick it up on the way out may have no problems or develop blood poisoning or meningitis. Quick treatment can salvage many but not all infants. ...Read more

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Is group b strep contagious?

Is group b strep contagious?

Depends on situation: Its most worrisome problem occurs when it passes from the genital tract of a mother to her newborn during labor or delivery. The resulting exposure may result in a severe infection in the infant. The germ is found normally in the stool, and as such came from ingestion. It is common & seldom causes problems outside that with the newborn. The infected newborn is unlikely to pass it to others. ...Read more

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Why is group b strep so bad for babies?

Why is group b strep so bad for babies?

Imunity: Babies have no immunity so any bugs potentially can kill them. They gain some immunity from maternal milk but bottle feeded babies dont. ...Read more

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How is gbs (group b strep.) contracted?

Common hitch hiker: Group b strep is a common germ in nature & found at any one moment in the genital tract of ~1/3 of women. In most cases it is innocuous, causing no harm, although it sometimes can cause a uti. It can be there one week & gone the next however, if passed to a newborn during labor or delivery, a fraction will get very sick. I would consider any mom @ risk & rely on the ob's to monitor the situation. ...Read more

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