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How do you know if group b strep is causing a UTI? Tests? Have group b strep in urine, but am heavily colonized and could be contamination from vagina

How do you know if group b strep is causing a UTI? Tests? Have group b strep in urine, but am heavily colonized and could be contamination from vagina

Here are some...: To confirm UTI is based on history + urinalysis + urine culture. History raises the concern of possible UTI; UA + U-culture are to confirm, but always using properly collected urine specimen so to avoid contamination as you mentioned. Clinically, strep B may cause UTI but rare since all bacteria are opportunistic to reflect personal unique defense ability. For detail, ask your doctor timely. ...Read more

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Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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I have group b strep bacteria in my urine. I had a urine culture and that's what it showed and now I also have a small amount of blood in my urine.

I have group b strep bacteria in my urine. I had a urine culture and that's what it showed and now I also have a small amount of blood in my urine.

Your question is???: You have not asked a specific question.Group b strep will occasionally cause a UTI in women and women with a UTI may have a small amount of blood in their urine. Please confer with your pcp about treatment and the findings you cite. ...Read more

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Since 2013 urine cultures show group b strep 50000-100000. Delivered 2 babies gbs+ for both. Is this somethig that will always show in my urine? Harm?

Since 2013 urine cultures show group b strep 50000-100000. Delivered 2 babies gbs+ for both. Is this somethig that will always show in my urine? Harm?

Maybe/not: GBS is an incidental finding in the poop of everyone. Because of the structure of the genitals it is a common contaminant of the female genital tract. As many as a 3rd of women carry it off & on at any given time. Other that a risk for vulnerable newborns and the occasional UTI it is considered benign. Oral meds will not eradicate it, which is why they are given IV during labor. ...Read more

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Can a positive urine culture with group b strep, but normal urinalysis confirm a UTI? Or likely to not be a UTI?

Can a positive urine culture with group b strep, but normal urinalysis confirm a UTI? Or likely to not be a UTI?

Confirm a UTI: Group B strep is usually a gut bacteria. If there are symptoms such as burning on urination foul-smelling urine for the positive culture it is most likely a urinary tract infection. Urinalysis probably would show a positive leukocyte esterase test. The culture is usually the goal stand it if it is greater than 100, 000 colonies. ...Read more

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If Group B Strep is found in my urine, does this for sure mean that I have high levels in my vagina? I had an HSG test while + in urine. Worried

If Group B Strep is found in my urine, does this for sure mean that I have high levels in my vagina? I had an HSG test while + in urine. Worried

Group B strep: Group B strep commonly is in the vagina, and you can assume that if urine is positive. If symptoms of UTI, your doc will treat you. The main GBS problem is serious infections of babies if present in the vagina during delivery. Make sure your obststrician is aware; she will test with a vaginal swab as your due date approaches and will prescribe an appropriate antibiotic if present at that time. ...Read more

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Can you have a UTI when urinalysis negative, but urine culture positive for group b strep?

Can you have a UTI when urinalysis negative, but urine culture positive for group b strep?

Perhaps......: The finding of bacteria in the urine without accompanying symptoms is referred to as asymptomatic bacteriuria. Whether or not to treat this should be discussed with your physician, especially if you are pregnant. ...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 is group b strep, and how do you get it?

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 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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I have group b strep should I get antibiotics?

I have group b strep should I get antibiotics?

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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Do I need to be pregnant to have group b strep?

Do I need to be pregnant to have group b strep?

No: This germ is occasionally found in the digestive tract as a somewhat innocent part of the gut germ profile. This is one likely explanation of why the female genital tract can acquire the germ intermittently. When found it does not usually cause any problems. It can occasionally cause urinary tract disease. ...Read more

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How must I prepare for labor if I have group b strep?

How must I prepare for labor if I have group b strep?

If water brks go in: Since gbs carriage affects a signifcant percentage of moms the routein your ob's advises will generally cover this possibility. The only extra caution I would add would be to go in as soon as your water breaks, even if you don't think your in good labor. Open waters allows an access point for the germ so go in & get started with the gbs protocol. Also go early enough for the to get meds in (~6hr). ...Read more

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I have group b strep but allergic to most antibiotics?

I have group b strep but allergic to most antibiotics?

Get straight answer: Please forgive my frankness. You can't go through life being "allergic to most antibiotics". What REALLY happens? Mild side effects aren't allergy. Sooner or later, you're likely to be seriously sick and REALLY need an antibiotic; and it's time to sort with your physician now to decide which allergies are genuine. Is this a strep B infection that needs Rx? Insist on a straight answer from your Dr. ...Read more

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I have group b strep positive ladies during pregnancy?

I have group b strep positive ladies during pregnancy?

Discuss with OB: I would expect the OB to be extra vigilant. Since GBS can be transient and is present in 1/3 of women at any time, most screening occurs later in pregnancy or at the beginning of premature labor. IV antibiotics during labor is a standard treatment as oral meds have not been shown to effect outcome. ...Read more

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Is Group B Strep a reason for going into labour early?

GBS early labor?: Group B strep colonization occurs in many pregnant woman (one study estimates10%). Some studies reported that GBS is associated with premature labor and may have effect on member rupture. However other surveys of large groups of women could not repeat these finding. Talk to your doctor with him/her about risk, your particular situation and come up with a plan together with him/her ...Read more

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How do you get diagnosed with group b strep during pregnancy?

How do you get diagnosed with group b strep during pregnancy?

Genital swab: It is common practice to test for this at various points during pregnancy. About 1/3 pregnant women will be positive at any one point, and that can change without any treatment. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if positive group b strep during pregnancy?

Rx during delivery: Group B Strep positive women will receive IV antibiotics during labor to prevent transmission of the bacteria to the baby during delivery. Ideally, 3 doses are administered prior to delivery. For this reason, going to the hospital for admission early in labor would be advisable. ...Read more

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What could cause a positive group b strep test during pregnancy?

Common finding: Up to a third of normal women will be gbs positive at a given point with this germ on their genitals. It is common germ that is often found in the GI tract ; poo and occasionally causes uti's in women. Its main danger comes to the newborn where it can cause blood poisoning (sepsis), and or meningitis.After close monitoring was adopted, the frequency of problems has declined. ...Read more

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Does my new baby need medication if I am a group b strep carrier?

Does my new baby need medication if I am a group b strep carrier?

OB/peds have protocl: Gbs carriage is common & ob's & peds have protocols (patterns) they follow to provide worthwhile testing & surveillance to guide treatment. Only a portion of gbs exposed infants will have any need for medication. If mom comes in during labor they usually receive abx in an IV to kill off the germ. That seems effective enough to reduce the need to rx the baby. Discuss with your concerns/ pediatrician. ...Read more

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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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What are the effects of group b strep on pregnancy and birth?

What are the effects of group b strep on pregnancy and birth?

Infection, delivery: Fortunately in north america we see fewer fetal or neonatal deaths or maternal illness than in the past. That is because there are accepted guidelines for giving antibiotics to decrease the risk of infection in the pregnant woman who carries gbs or the baby who is at risk of getting it. It is still a major threat to very small fetuses and neonates especially in developing nations. ...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

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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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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

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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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