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Can streptococcal infections make me sterile?

Can streptococcal infections make me sterile?

No: Streptococcal bacteria infections commonly cause strep throat, but do not make people sterile. Even the group b streptococcus that can infect pregnant women and their newborns is not known to cause sterility. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Are streptococcal infections serious?

Are streptococcal infections serious?

Can Be: Untreated streptococcal infection can cause permanent heart damage, kidney problems, arthritis, skin infections and more. That is why you should see your doctor if you have a sore throat to determine if you need antibiotics to prevent these complications. ...Read more

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Is there a high mortality rate for streptococcal infections?

Is there a high mortality rate for streptococcal infections?

Fortunately Low: Luckily as common as strep is, the mortality is very rare. Although there can be serious complications such as rheumatic fever. ...Read more

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Are streptococcal infections higher in under-developed countries?

Ubiquitous: Strep is ubiquitous, meaning it's everywhere. In famine countries, infections in general are more prevalent because the people, in their poor state of health, are more susceptible to infections. This does not mean you're more likely to contract an illness. Wash your hands, boil your water, and keep wounds clean. ...Read more

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What causes streptococcal infections?

What causes streptococcal infections?

Bacteria: Streptococcus, a bacteria, causes these infections and can lead to serious complications such as rheumatic heart disease which can be permanent, if the strep is untreated with antibiotics. See your doctor if worried about strep. ...Read more

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How common are streptococcal infections?

Very common: The majority of the skin and soft tissue infections are due to either streptococcal or staphylococcal organisms. ...Read more

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How are group b streptococcal infections spread?

Normal skin bacteria: Group b strep is a common bacteria which grows on our skin. We screen for gbs in pregnancy around the vaginal and rectal area but it can grow on the skin anywhere. It is not transmitted or spread from person to person as it is a normal bacterial flora. ...Read more

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Are streptococcal infections dangerous to children?

Are streptococcal infections dangerous to children?

Absolutely: Untreated streptococcal infection can cause permanent heart damage, kidney problems, arthritis, skin infections and more. That is why you should see your doctor if your child has a sore throat to determine if you need antibiotics to prevent these complications. ...Read more

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What is the thing which causes streptococcal infections?

What is the thing which causes streptococcal infections?

Bacteria: Streptococcal bacteria such as streptococcus pyogenes, streptococcus agalactiae, streptococcus pneumoniae, streptoccus anginosis group, streptoccus bovis, streptococcus dysgalactiae, streptococcus virus and group etc. ...Read more

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Can streptococcal infections be prevented?

Can streptococcal infections be prevented?

PracticeGood hygiene: Safe hygiene practices will reduce, but cannot prevent the risk of streptococcal infection. Streptococcus is a normal colonizing bacteria for all humans. Infection from any bacteria depends on host factors and many other variables that make total eradication close to impossible. Hand washing, isolation, cohorting, and sterile technique all reduce strep infections effectively ...Read more

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What can be done to help prevent group a streptococcal infections?

Strep pyogenes: Treatment of infected individuals, hand washing, minimizing exposure to infected persons may all assist in limiting spread. ...Read more

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What treatments are available for group b streptococcal infections?

What treatments are available for group b streptococcal infections?

Antibiotics: Group b strep is a bacteria present in vaginal flora; although harmless to women, it can cause devastating disease in the newborn. That is why pregnant women are screened for group b strep – and it positive are given Ampicillin a few hours before delivery or an equivalent medication if the patient is Ampicillin allergic, to prevent transmission of the bacteria to the infant. ...Read more

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I had an abortion, am I more susceptible to streptococcal infections in future pregnancies?

I had an abortion, am I more susceptible to streptococcal infections in future pregnancies?

No: There is no data to say that simply having had an abortion increases your risk for any kind of infection in the future. Abortions can be associated with very severe infections, so for women who chose this option, it is best to work with a physician who has experience. Also, if a woman thinks that she had a spontaneous abortion or doesn't feel the baby move, she should contact her doctor right away. ...Read more

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What are the tests for streptococcal infection?

Culture: A swab of infected material such as " pus" is collected and send to the laboratory for positive identification of the bacteria. ...Read more

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Are there any successful preventative methods to combat streptococcal b infection?

Are there any successful preventative methods to combat streptococcal b infection?

Wash hands: Wash your hands often, just like we do in healthcare. Try to avoid sick individuals, and if you're ill, stay home from work and keep your workmates healthy. Stay healthy, eat well, exercise. Same ol' same ol'. ...Read more

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Can streptococcal skin infections spread?

Can streptococcal skin infections spread?

Yes.: All bacterial skin infections should be considered contagious. ...Read more

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If one were to experience Post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis (PSG), in future, will the same infection result in PSG again?

PSG: In this country PSG is uncommon, but a repeat strep infection could stir up kidney problems again. Accordingly if close contacts have a known strep infection, you should probably be out on prophylactic antibiotics. Also if a questionable skin infection is present the same advice pertains. I would be interested in hearing from an infectious disease specialist or nephrologist about your question. ...Read more

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What is the vaccine for streptococcal infection called?

What is the vaccine for streptococcal infection called?

No Strep Vaccine: There is not yet a vaccine available for strep infections. Only ongoing research. ...Read more

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Is a streptococcal infection more serious in the elderly?

Is a streptococcal infection more serious in the elderly?

Yes.: Any illness is more severe at the extremes of age (neonatal/infantile period and elderly), including infections and streptococcal etiology. ...Read more

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What kind of illnesses are caused by group a streptococcal infection?

What kind of illnesses are caused by group a streptococcal infection?

Several: Untreated streptococcal infection can cause permanent heart damage, kidney problems, arthritis, skin infections and more. That is why you should see your doctor if you have a sore throat to determine if you need antibiotics to prevent these complications. ...Read more

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I have an cancer, will a streptococcal b infection cause serious complication?

It can: This bacteria is not usually invasive for people that are not receiving immunosuppressive medications, are not pregnant or elderly or have poorly controlled diabetes. It colonizes the gut and the perineal area. With reduced immunity it can invade the blood stream and caused serious infection. The good news is that it is still very sensitive to plain penicillin. ...Read more

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Will a streptococcal infection harm my newborn child?

Yes: As dr ferguson explained, the group b strep (gbs) infection is most often acquired during vaginal birth, leading to early onset disease within 6 days of birth. But if the gbs is acquired from nursery personnel, the symptoms of infection may lay dormant until the second week of life. ...Read more

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Why doesn't injection of streptokinase cause a streptococcal infection?

It's not alive: Streptokinase is an enzyme that dissolves blood clots. It is not the bacteria streptococcus which is probably what confuses you. ...Read more

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Why doesn't injection of streptokinase cause a streptococcal infection?

No bacteria: Streptokinase does not contain any live strep bacteria. You have to have the bacteria to have the infection. ...Read more

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What causes streptococcal infection in the throat? Is it contagious?

What causes streptococcal infection in the throat? Is it contagious?

Very contagious: Strep throat is caused by group a streptococcus (or streptococcus pyogenes) which is a very infectious bacteria. ...Read more

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What can I do about a streptococcal infection?

Penicillin.: Depends, but typically antibiotics of the penicillin family should suffice. See you physician for acute infections. ...Read more

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How long does group b streptococcal infection last?

Depends: After diagnosis most physicians will treat a newborn with this DX for 2 weeks on IV antibiotics. Recurrent infection after shorter treatment has been seen. Complications may warrant additional time on meds. The kids generally stabilize on treatment within a few days & toward the end of treatment appear quite normal. ...Read more

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How do people treat group b streptococcal infection?

How do people treat group b streptococcal infection?

Penicillin: Penicillin is the drug of choice for grouop b streptococcus infections. For those allergic to penicillins there are other antibiotic choices that are effective. The route of administration and the duration of the treatment would depend on the nature, location, and severity of the infection. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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