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Cause Of Group B Strep Infection
Watery/bloody discharge only during sex. Not BV or yeast. Diagnosed with group b strep infection. Could this be the cause of the excessive discharge?
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
OB's follow protocol: 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 & tested for a specific period after delivery. Discuss your concerns with your ob. ...Read more
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
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
Is 3x500 mg for 28 dy Amoxicillin effective for treating Group B Strep Infection found using semen culture? Original sympom: reduced ejaculate volume.
Gyn ran tests for infection. Found out I have group b strep and neg other. Is there anything i need to do for that? Don't plan on having any kids.
Not uncommon: Group b strep is a common germ found in the female genital tract.At any time as many as 1/3 will have it.It also comes and goes over time without treatment. It is important near the end of a pregnancy when it can transfer to the baby and cause serious infection.It can occasionally be a cause for a uti.It is unlikely to be of significance to you. ...Read more
Why do obgyns wait until 35 weeks inutero before testing for group b strep? Can outcomes be better for baby if infection is treated before l&d?
4 weeks : If group strep is found during the pregnancy at any time (like a urine culture) then that patient will be treated when in labor. The culture is reliable for 4 weeks. Testing at 35/36 weeks will cover for those delivering in that time frame. Gbs is passed to baby when passing though the vaginal therefore treating while the patient is in labor is correct. ...Read more
How would you treat a bladder infection from Group B Strep (tested, high number of colonies) that doesn't respond to Ampicillin/Penicillin?
Very unusual: This is almost impossible: GBS is uniformly susceptible to ampicillin and related penicillins. You may need testing to confirm if you are now infected with a different bacteria; and whether you still have a urinary tract infection or some other explanation for your symptoms (e.g., STDs like chlamydia or gonorrhea). Discuss with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more
What could it mean that my removed iud (after 7mths) was found to have group b strep? Likely contamination or could I have an infection in my uterus?
IUD & Streptococcus: Streptococcus Group B can usually be found normally in the vagina. It can migrate up the IUD string and produce a Fallopian tube infection. If your MD has examined you and found that there isn't either a intra-uterine or tubal infection, then that is great. The IUD could have been contaminated at the time of tis' removal through the vagina if you don't have any evidence of infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does taking treatment for throat infection put my baby more at risk for my Group B Strep? I'm a carrier. Abx don't cover GBS can they make it stronger
So the usual recommendation is that you get tested for Group B strep between 35-37 weeks of your pregnancy. If you test positive, they will give you IV antibiotics that cover GBS during labor because the GBS transmission to the baby occurs during childbirth. Generally speaking, if an antibiotic doesn't cover GBS, it won't stimulate it to become "stronger". ...Read more
Group B strep germ: This is a germ that is commonly found in the digestive tract.It rarely causes problems for older kids or adults although occasional UTI's are seen in some women. About 1/3 of women will carry it in their genital tract during pregnancy.If the germ gets up to baby after the membranes rupture, or is acquired during delivery, it can cause pneumonia or blood poisoning in the newborn or meningitis later ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have had several boils. And toId Im a Group B Strep colonizer. Is that the cause? If not what should I do?
Skin abscesses are : usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Some heal on their own if you put warm compresses on them 4-5 times/day before & after the pus drains out. Even if you take a full course of antibiotics, when a few " staph" germs remain under the skin after it heals over, they can overgrow & re-form an abscess. See www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001474.htm for prevention & treatment. ...Read more
I have an UTI caused by group b strep and was prescribed amoxicilion. Approximately when should I be feeling some relief from symptoms?
24 hrs: The medicine should take effect and you should begin relief of symptoms within 24-48 hrs. ...Read more
Is it safe to have HSG test while I'm positive for GBS (Group B Strep)? The GBS doesn't go away! Dr says I'm a carrier, it sometimes caused UTI.
Not routinely done: 25 % of women carrier the GBS bacteria. After treatment with penicillin, ampicillin, cefazolin, or clindamycin GBS comes back within days.Testing before a HSG is not routinely done. If there is still a concern, antibiotics can be taken and the HSG can be performed on the second to last day of antibiotic prophylaxis. The insurance carrier may not pay for the prophylaxis. ...Read more
Not the best: Ciprofloxacin is not the best option for GBS. Others in this family may have better MIC (a measure antibiotic activity against certain bacteria) if this class is necessary based on allergies or other contraindications to penicillin-based antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can group b strep cause UTI symptoms? Have had symptoms of UTI with culture positive for gbs. One doc says yes, could be the group b. Another says no.
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