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How are group a & group b strep throat different?

How are group a & group b strep throat different?

Streptococci A & B: Here is a good article that addresses your question: http://www.Drgreene.Com/articles/streptococcus/. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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 are the differences between group a & group b strep throat?

What are the differences between group a & group b strep throat?

In Newborns..: Dr gallant's answer is correct except for a newborn infant.If they have grp b strep it desperately needs antibiotic therapy as it can be life threatening.Thus if an expectant mom has grp b vaginal strep they recieve antibiotice immediately before delivery. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a tonsillectomy/adenectomy with active group b strep throat? (Currently taking augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) pre-op)

Is it safe to get a tonsillectomy/adenectomy with active group b strep throat? (Currently taking augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) pre-op)

Probably safe: because Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) should take care of any residual strep infection. Make sure that surgeon knows about your concern before the operation. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i'm diagnosed with group b strep in the throat. Is this even possible?

Peculiar diagnosis: Most labs would not go past confirming or excluding group A strep.Group B is an occasional benign visitor to the human GI tract, occasionally causes UTI's in women and deadly infection in newborns. I would consider it a novelty, but not worth much attention.Oral treatment of GBS carrier state in women has not been found useful in preventing neonatal disease. ...Read more

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Group b strep in throat. Not pregnant. Is that possible?

Yes: Group B strep can be a normal finding in the intestinal germ profile. It has little significance unless it invades the lungs/blood of a newborn during or after delivery but occasionally causes some UTI's in women. To get to the intestines it will enter through the mouth/throat. I wouldn't sweat it and wonder why someone would bother to report it. ...Read more

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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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I have a very sore throat and ulcers on my uvula and tonsils. My culture showed group b strep. And my doc says I don't need an antibiotic. Still hurts?

I have a very sore throat and ulcers on my uvula and tonsils. My culture showed group b strep. And my doc says I don't need an antibiotic. Still hurts?

Find another doctor: I would treat you with antibiotics. Even if your primary infection is viral I have found that antibiotics can help prevent bacterial superinfection. ...Read more

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My son was diagnosed with group c strep throat. He is coughing now. Does he need an antibiotic ?

Depends: Strep A is primarily treated with antibiotics to prevent a later transition that some have to Rheumatic fever.This condition can injure the heart, brain while some have kidney damage. Strep C does not have this potential and in many will produce a mild self healing process.If it were moderate or severe antibiotics might be indicated to aid the body in reducing/clearing the infection. ...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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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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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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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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