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Do vaginal exams increase risk of fetal group b strep?

Do vaginal exams increase risk of fetal group b strep?

No there is no risk: Vaginal exams are performed with a sterile speculum. Even though approximately 25% of women are colonized with group b strep, it is highly unlikely that the speculum would enter the uterus to transmit the bacteria to the fetus. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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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 the definition or description of: vaginal swab culture positive for group b strep?

What is the definition or description of: vaginal swab culture positive for group b strep?

GBS: Group b strep (gbs) is one of many bacteria that live on most people's body. When it lives on or around the vaginal area, a newborn baby has a higher risk of getting in or on the body. Unfortunately, gbs can be deadly to a newborn. Please talk to your doctor about what you can do to reduce this risk. ...Read more

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What increases my baby's risk of having a late onset group b strep infection?

What increases my baby's risk of having a late onset group b strep infection?

Usually unknown: Any new born baby staying for a prolonged period in a neonatal intensive care unit is at higher risk. Other than that, most of late-onset group b strep infections are community acquired. ...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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How can I protect my unborn baby from group b strep?

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, tested& treated if any signs appear that suggest invasive disease. Discuss your concerns with ob. ...Read more

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I have had several boils. And toId Im a Group B Strep colonizer. Is that the cause? If not what should I do?

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

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Could i test positive for group b strep with all of my pregnancies?

Does not matter: If you are beta strep + once u automatically get treated with antibiotics with your next labor, whether you are + or not because sometimes the culture can miss a + one so the rule is once you have been + then u get antibiotics anyway but u will still be tested no big deal. ...Read more

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I have group b strep but allergic to most antibiotics?

I have group b strep but allergic to most antibiotics?

Get straight answer: Please forgive my frankness. You can't go through life being "allergic to most antibiotics". What REALLY happens? Mild side effects aren't allergy. Sooner or later, you're likely to be seriously sick and REALLY need an antibiotic; and it's time to sort with your physician now to decide which allergies are genuine. Is this a strep B infection that needs Rx? Insist on a straight answer from your Dr. ...Read more

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Does my new baby need medication if I am a group b strep carrier?

Does my new baby need medication if I am a group b strep carrier?

OB/peds have protocl: Gbs carriage is common & ob's & peds have protocols (patterns) they follow to provide worthwhile testing & surveillance to guide treatment.Only a portion of gbs exposed infants will have any need for medication.If mom comes in during labor they usually receive abx in an IV to kill off the germ.That seems effective enough to reduce the need to rx the baby.Discuss with your concerns/ pediatrician. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Streptococcal Infection (Definition)

Streptococcal infection is a bacterial infection. There are several types, such as Group A and Group B, which cause disease in different areas of the body and ...Read more