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What is the definition or description of: Group B streptococcal infection?

What is the definition or description of: Group B streptococcal infection?

Group B Strep: Group B Strep (or GBS) infection is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus agalactiae. It can can cause serious illness (sepsis) and sometimes death, especially in newborns, the elderly, diabetics and people with weakened immune systems. If you have questions about this or other infections, you should talk to a doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Endocarditis (Definition)

An infection of the inner lining of your heart. It generally occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart. Left untreated, endocarditis can damage or destroy your heart valves and can ...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

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What are the symptoms of group b streptococcal infection?

What are the symptoms of group b streptococcal infection?

None usually: Usually no symptoms in pregnancy but risk to baby delivered vaginally. ...Read more

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How long does group b streptococcal infection last?

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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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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For what reason wouldn't an injection of streptokinase cause a streptococcal infection?

For what reason wouldn't an injection of streptokinase cause a streptococcal infection?

No bacteria in shot: Streptokinase injections don't contain actual strep bacteria (or any other bacteria unless it is contaminated). ...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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Is there any chances that septic shock caused by streptococcal infection can cause brain damage in a teenage boy?

Depends: Septic shock will not usually cause permanent brain injury, but there are exceptions.One is if the infection directly involves the brain. So strep pneumoniae can cause an infection of the lining surrounding the brain ( menningitis) that can result in brain injury. Sometimes if the shock is severe enough with blood pressure very low for a long time, this can result in brain injury. This is unusual. ...Read more

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What can I do about a streptococcal infection?

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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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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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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Should I see a specialist for streptococcal infection, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

No specialist needed: Your primary care physician will be able to prescribe medication for your streptococcal infection. No specialist is needed. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of streptococcal infection?

Strep throat: Can present with any combination of the following: sore throat, headache, stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, and fever. Other strep infections can present with sudden high fever, problems breathing (pneumonia), impetigo (skin infection), or lymph nodes that are swollen and very tender. ...Read more

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Can a streptococcal infection induce a miscarriage?

Can a streptococcal infection induce a miscarriage?

What's Infected?: A vaginal infection certainly increases risk to the fetus. A urinary tract infection not so much and a lung or skin infection is unlikely to cause risk unless the infection gets bad enough to cause sepsis/shock. ...Read more

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Are the herbal supplements that can treat a streptococcal infection?

Are the herbal supplements that can treat a streptococcal infection?

Not for Cure: There are no proven herbal cures for strep throat . There are pain remedies such as tae and honey that may help discomfort. ...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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How does a child contract scarlet fever streptococcal infection?

How does a child contract scarlet fever streptococcal infection?

Other people: Strep is a bacteria that is passed from one person to another by mucous droplets. Strep is quite contagious and easily spread from one to another. ...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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Can staphylococcal infection cause endocarditis?

Can staphylococcal infection cause endocarditis?

Absolutely: This is a major etiologic agent of infectious endocarditis. ...Read more

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I have had endocarditis twice got a c diff infection in a hospital can that infection cause endocarditis again?

I have had endocarditis twice got a c diff infection in a hospital can that infection cause endocarditis again?

C Diff endocarditis: It would be very very rare for this bug to cause infective endocarditis. A patient who has had multiple episodes of endocarditis should probably have a specific program for prevention of recurrence. Consult a cardiologist or infectious disease doctor. ...Read more

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I had endocarditis said to be caused by IV drug use could the mytral vale alreadfy been scared causing the infection to be attracted to it birth othe?

I had endocarditis  said to be caused by IV drug use could the mytral vale alreadfy been scared causing the infection to be attracted to it birth othe?

Unlikely: Mitral valve "scared from birth" would be an unlikely scenario. If so, then your pediatrician would likely have noticed a murmur and told you parents. Iv drug use is a more likely cause. ...Read more

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Can "necrotizing fasciitis" infections cause endocarditis?

Can "necrotizing fasciitis" infections cause endocarditis?

Maybe: Any serious infection, sepsis, or even bacteria in the blood stream could result in endocarditis if the person is at risk for heart valve disease. Even something as minor as a dental infection could result in endocarditis in those at risk. ...Read more

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I have had endocarditis twice and now maybe strep throat can this cause me to get endocarditis agaiin?

I have had endocarditis  twice and now maybe strep throat can this cause me to get endocarditis  agaiin?

Uncommon cause...: Strep throat is caused by what is called "beta hemolytic streptococcus" bacteria. It is an extremely rare cause of endocarditis. Untreated strep throat can cause other heart problems, so antibiotics are very important for you. Otherwise, it is important for you to have antibiotics before all dental procedures given your history. Any correctible heart lesions should also be fixed, if safe to do. ...Read more

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What kind of infection is infective endocarditis?

What kind of infection is infective endocarditis?

Usually bacterial: Infective endocarditis is usually bacterial infection of the heart valves, but fungi can also cause endocarditis. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Infection (Definition)

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Streptococcal Infection (Definition)

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