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Is group b strep contagious?

Is group b strep contagious?

Depends on situation: Its most worrisome problem occurs when it passes from the genital tract of a mother to her newborn during labor or delivery. The resulting exposure may result in a severe infection in the infant. The germ is found normally in the stool, and as such came from ingestion. It is common & seldom causes problems outside that with the newborn. The infected newborn is unlikely to pass it to others. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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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 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?

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

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What is group b strep like?

Variable: It is a germ normally found in the intestines causing no problems & can be there on & off. It can contaminate the female genital tract & cause a uti. It can get into a leaking bag of waters around a baby & cause infection & death. Babies that pick it up on the way out may have no problems or develop blood poisoning or meningitis. Quick treatment can salvage many but not all infants. ...Read more

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Why is group b strep so bad for babies?

Why is group b strep so bad for babies?

Imunity: Babies have no immunity so any bugs potentially can kill them. They gain some immunity from maternal milk but bottle feeded babies dont. ...Read more

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How is gbs (group b strep.) contracted?

How is gbs (group b strep.) contracted?

Common hitch hiker: 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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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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What % of babies with group b strep have no effects?

What % of babies with group b strep have no effects?

Need to ask a neo: Natologist, that doc should have the answer, the goal is not for the baby to get b strep, that is why all pg women are tested and if it is + at any time during the pg, then antibiotics are given as soon as you are in labor or your water breaks. ...Read more

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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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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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I lost my plug. I have group b strep. Will this affect my baby?

I lost my plug. I have group b strep. Will this affect my baby?

Not specifically: As long as the fetal membranes are intact (your water isn't broke) tha baby is shielded against germ invasion. Once your water breaks, head up to the hospital so they can start meds that can stop GBS from being a problem. They are given IV. ...Read more

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Can group b strep be transmitted sexually between man and woman?

STREP TONSILLITIS: No, it is not transmitted sexually but you can get it through kissing each other. ...Read more

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Why would a 4 year old test positive for group b strep? Is it a major concern?

Why would a 4 year old test positive for group b strep? Is it a major concern?

Normal poop germ: This has been known to cause a UTI on occasion in mature women and is a known inhabitant of the intestines. Why someone would look for it in a 4 yo is unknown to me. It is likely in incidental finding and not of any concern. ...Read more

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

I have had several boils. And toId I'm 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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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.
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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 is group b strep, and how do you get it?

Nature: Group b strep (gbs) is a naturally occuring bacteria in the environment. It can live in the intestines of 20-25% of all individuals and in general does not cause any issues. It can however, cause an infection in the womb (uterus) during pregnancy, particularly during labor. Therefore, a woman who is known to be gbs positive is treated with antibiotics in labor to protect the baby. ...Read more

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What is group b strep and how can someone get it?

What is group b strep and how can someone get it?

A bacteria: Group b strep is a type of bacteria that grows on the skin and in your vagina. It can cause an infection in the baby so all women are screened for colonization in the third trimester and treated with antibiotics during labor if the screen is positive. You get it from other people who are colonized. ...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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What exactly group b strep and how does a person get it?

Group B: Germs are a common part of our existence many types inhabit our body. Some in our poo help our digestion. Some do nothing. Some can cause problems under specific conditions. U getgbs from the environment. It tends to occupy the lower female genital tract (1/3 have it at any point).If it is there during labor & delivery, it can invade a baby causing infection or do nothing at all. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: group b strep?

GBS: 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. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss group b strep and how do you get it?

Group B: Germs are a common part of our existence many types inhabit our body. Some in our poo help our digestion. Some do nothing. Some can cause problems under specific conditions. U getgbs from the environment. It tends to occupy the lower female genital tract (1/3 have it at any point).If it is there during labor & delivery, it can invade a baby causing infection or do nothing at all. ...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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How probable is it for a 59 year old to recover from group b strep?

Variable: Gbs is not a common germ for the adult set. It is known to cause urinary tract disease in women. If it were part of an emergency patient, you might be given residual. ...Read more

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How probable is if for a 59 year old to recover from group b strep?

Confusing question: Group b strep is a common germ found in the female genital tract. It is transiently found in a third of women at any time during pregnancy & for them usually causes no problems. It is occasionally found as a cause of a urinary tract infection in females & blood poisoning or meningitis in newborns. Unless an adult had an immune defect, I don't see gbs as causing any major problem. ...Read more

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When after coming into contact with somene who has group b strep do you test positive?

Why do you ask?: Group b strep is occasionally found as a benign inhabitant of the GI tract & does create problems for newborns delivered to women who have it in their genital tract. Pregnant women go through transient periods where it is present & the disappears but rarely have any problem other than a UTI with it. It is not a germ known to cause waves of infection to people who are exposed. ...Read more

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