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If I tested positive for the group b strep test is that the reason why I had a tiny bit blood after urinating & wiping? Ob didn't sound concern.

If I tested positive for the group b strep test is that the reason why I had a tiny bit blood after urinating & wiping? Ob didn't sound concern.

GBS: Group b strep a germ that common in the bowel & can find its way to the genital tract.OB's check for it because It can infect babies during or after labor & cause devastating illness. It can also cause UTI's in some women that will need treatment.If you are having discomfort with voiding let the OB know. The test, if positive, is commonly not treated until you are in labor. ...Read more

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

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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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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Could i test positive for group b strep with all of my pregnancies?

Does not matter: If you are beta strep + once u automatically get treated with antibiotics with your next labor, whether you are + or not because sometimes the culture can miss a + one so the rule is once you have been + then u get antibiotics anyway but u will still be tested no big deal. ...Read more

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Gyn ran tests for infection. Found out I have group b strep and neg other. Is there anything i need to do for that? Don't plan on having any kids.

Not uncommon: Group b strep is a common germ found in the female genital tract.At any time as many as 1/3 will have it.It also comes and goes over time without treatment. It is important near the end of a pregnancy when it can transfer to the baby and cause serious infection.It can occasionally be a cause for a uti.It is unlikely to be of significance to you. ...Read more

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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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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. For more info, copy this link: http://bit.Ly/kl216m. ...Read more

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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