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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Group B Strep (Overview)

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 protect her unborn child.


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I have a sore throat, fever, and white patches on my tonsils. My throat culture came back as group b strep. How does one treat group b strep?

I have a sore throat, fever, and white patches on my tonsils. My throat culture came back as group b strep. How does one treat group b strep?

Not an issue for: Self treatment. Please consult your doctor for a prescription. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/groupbstrep/index.html. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
119 doctors shared insights

Group B Strep (Overview)

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 protect her unborn child.


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How long after coming into contact with somene who has group b strep can you start developing symptoms?

How long after coming into contact with somene who has group b strep can you start developing symptoms?

Confusing question: Group b strep is a common cause of newborn blood poisoning & pneumonia syndrome but rarely trouble to anyone else. The germ can travel in the fluids at birth into babies nose & lungs & cause immediate or delayed (up to 6-'s 8 wks) symptoms. It occasionally causes uti's in females & is occasionally found in stool cultures. I have never seen or treated a gbs problem in any kid over 2 months old. ...Read more

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Treating Hepatitis B (Checklist)

See your gastroenterologist
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Follow recommended therapy completely
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Notify your doctor if you're pregnant
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Get periodic repeat blood tests
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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 would be a nanda diagnosis for someone with group b strep?

Group b strep: I'm not sure what you mean by nanda diagnosis. Gbs is significant for pregnancy. It is a bacteria only significant on its affect on newborns. Women with gbs only need to be treated to keep their newborn healthy. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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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?

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

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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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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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Is it safe for a woman who tests positive for group b strep to still have a homebirth?

Not a good idea: The baby is prone to group b strep infections which can cause life-threatening illnesses--the mother needs to be treated with antibiotics prior to delivery. ...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