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I've read that carriers of group a strep bacteria can have no symptoms but can still unwittingly spread it. Others say this is not true. Which is it?

I've read that carriers of group a strep bacteria can have no symptoms but can still unwittingly spread it. Others say this is not true. Which is it?

It is true: Carriers have the bacteria in their throats and can occasionally spread it to others it does not require treatment unless you could be traced as a source of frequent infections to others. I have had lots of carriers in my practice and they have not created any epidemics.... ...Read more

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How long does it take ampicillin to get rid of group strep b?

10 days: Group b strep soft tissue infections are treated for 10 days to achieve cure. Penicillin is given during labor until delivery to colonized women to prevent spread to the baby. ...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