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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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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. Sandra Eleczko
122 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?

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 Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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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

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When should you go to the hospital if you have group b strep 40 weeks pregnant?

When should you go to the hospital if you have group b strep 40 weeks pregnant?

Common finding: About a third of women will be gbs positive at any point in their pregnancy, including near delivery. I would proceed to the hospital when your water breaks or under the labor guidelines given you by your ob. They will want you available to give doses of IV antibiotics several hours apart before delivery to help reduce infection risk for baby. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels with hot water separately
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What are the causes of group b strep disease in babies?

What are the causes of group b strep disease in babies?

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 more

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Can you tell me what to do if i found out i was positice for group b strep. I don't really understand what it means if its bad?

Can you tell me what to do if i found out i was positice for group b strep. I don't really understand what it means if its bad?

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 infecting 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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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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Are the antibiotics used to treat group b strep given orally or through iv?

Are the antibiotics used to treat group b strep given orally or through iv?

Depends on the situa: If i suspect a newborn has gbs , a life threatening condition, i will give it iv.If mom is gbs + during labor, she will get meds iv. They used to give some oral meds years ago to try to get rid of it in gbs+moms but found the practice unreliable & ineffective. ...Read more

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What are some natural ways to treat gbs (group b strep)?

No natural way: Usually present in gut and in genital tract of 20-40% - but bad in pregnant women as it is a devastating infection in newborn, so needs treatment with antibiotics (preferably penicillin). ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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How is a group b strep infection treated in moms. Babies?

How is a group b strep infection treated in moms. Babies?

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

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Should a non-pregnant woman who was diagnosed with group b strep take antibiotics? Based on research, I am reading that treating group b strep with antibiotics could do more harm than good. What are holistic alternatives to antibiotic treatment?

Should a non-pregnant woman who was diagnosed with group b strep take antibiotics? Based on research, I am reading that treating group b strep with antibiotics could do more harm than good.  What are holistic alternatives to antibiotic treatment?

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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