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How long does group b streptococcal infection last?

How long does group b streptococcal infection last?

Depends: After diagnosis most physicians will treat a newborn with this DX for 2 weeks on IV antibiotics. Recurrent infection after shorter treatment has been seen. Complications may warrant additional time on meds.The kids generally stabilize on treatment within a few days & toward the end of treatment appear quite normal. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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How do people treat group b streptococcal infection?

How do people treat group b streptococcal infection?

Penicillin: Penicillin is the drug of choice for grouop b streptococcus infections. For those allergic to penicillins there are other antibiotic choices that are effective. The route of administration and the duration of the treatment would depend on the nature, location, and severity of the infection. ...Read more

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What are the tests for group b streptococcal infection?

Culture: Swab taken for culture specifically for gbs. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of group b streptococcal infection?

What are the symptoms of group b streptococcal infection?

None usually: Usually no symptoms in pregnancy but risk to baby delivered vaginally. ...Read more

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What kind of illnesses are caused by group a streptococcal infection?

What kind of illnesses are caused by group a streptococcal infection?

Several: Untreated streptococcal infection can cause permanent heart damage, kidney problems , arthritis, skin infections and more. That is why you should see your doctor if you have a sore throat to determine if you need antibiotics to prevent these complications. ...Read more

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What can I do about a streptococcal infection?

What can I do about a streptococcal infection?

Penicillin.: Depends, but typically antibiotics of the penicillin family should suffice. See you physician for acute infections. ...Read more

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What are the tests for streptococcal infection?

Culture: A swab of infected material such as " pus" is collected and send to the laboratory for positive identification of the bacteria. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of streptococcal infection?

Strep throat: Can present with any combination of the following: sore throat, headache, stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, and fever. Other strep infections can present with sudden high fever, problems breathing (pneumonia), impetigo (skin infection), or lymph nodes that are swollen and very tender. ...Read more

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Is a streptococcal infection more serious in the elderly?

Is a streptococcal infection more serious in the elderly?

Yes.: Any illness is more severe at the extremes of age ( neonatal/infantile period and elderly), including infections and streptococcal etiology. ...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