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Medicine For Group A Strep Infection
Had a throat infection. 4 months later still hav large tonsils no pain. swabbed it myself as dr dismissed me! found group a strep. Is Treatment needed?
No: Antibiotics are given to prevent Rheumatic Heart Disease(RHD), NOT to cure the sore throat. At best they may reduce the duration of symptoms by 16 hours. The incidence of Rheumatic Fever(RF) in the U.S. is one in a million cases of strep throat. Only one out of three patients with RF develop RHD. For every three million antibiotic Rx's only one case of RHD is prevented. **See my comments below: ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Different strain: Strep has many different strains. Different strains cause different types of infections. In the throat, we usually just test for group a, since that is the strain that can lead to rheumatic heart disease. Other strains are usually left for the body to take care of without antibiotics. ...Read more
Got diagnosed with group a strep after a month of being sick. Will the antibiotic take care of it after that length of time?
Maybe: Strep is a self limiting illness which disappears on its own if not treated within a weeks time. There may be another problem because of the length of time involved. Another possibility is that you were reinfected during the month antibiotics should help. ...Read more
I've read that carriers of group a strep bacteria can have no symptoms but can still unwittingly spread it. Others say this is not true. Which is it?
It is true: Carriers have the bacteria in their throats and can occasionally spread it to others it does not require treatment unless you could be traced as a source of frequent infections to others. I have had lots of carriers in my practice and they have not created any epidemics.... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
23/Female non-smoker. Never have had issues with lungs before. Past two days have had odd grey looking fibers or something in my phlegm. Phlegm is clear. - Previously was on amoxicillin for group A strep however finished those about a week ago. ?
My 5 year was swabbed for vaginal rash and it came back as group a strep. If the rash is going away on its own does she still need to take antibiotics?
Please ask: Please ask your pediatrician.Get a more detailed answer ›
REVISED- I developed a large neck swelling, with severe pain and sore throat at home after I had already taken a 10 day course of 300mg Clindamycin and condition worsened. Went to ER and was diagnosed with Group A Strep, CT Scan revealed soft tissue swe
OB's follow protocol: 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 for a specific period after delivery. Discuss your concerns with your ob. ...Read more
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
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
Why do obgyns wait until 35 weeks inutero before testing for group b strep? Can outcomes be better for baby if infection is treated before l&d?
4 weeks : If group strep is found during the pregnancy at any time (like a urine culture) then that patient will be treated when in labor. The culture is reliable for 4 weeks. Testing at 35/36 weeks will cover for those delivering in that time frame. Gbs is passed to baby when passing though the vaginal therefore treating while the patient is in labor is correct. ...Read more
Diagnosed with group B strep infection? How did I get this? What are symptoms? I have a lot of watery/bloody discharge during sex. Related?
Common pest: 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. If you have urinary symptoms antibiotic treatment may be helpful, but rarely eliminates this germ permanently ...Read more
Is 3x500 mg for 28 dy Amoxicillin effective for treating Group B Strep Infection found using semen culture? Original sympom: reduced ejaculate volume.
How would you treat a bladder infection from Group B Strep (tested, high number of colonies) that doesn't respond to Ampicillin/Penicillin?
Very unusual: This is almost impossible: GBS is uniformly susceptible to ampicillin and related penicillins. You may need testing to confirm if you are now infected with a different bacteria; and whether you still have a urinary tract infection or some other explanation for your symptoms (e.g., STDs like chlamydia or gonorrhea). Discuss with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more
Watery/bloody discharge only during sex. Not BV or yeast. Diagnosed with group b strep infection. Could this be the cause of the excessive discharge?
What could it mean that my removed iud (after 7mths) was found to have group b strep? Likely contamination or could I have an infection in my uterus?
IUD & Streptococcus: Streptococcus Group B can usually be found normally in the vagina. It can migrate up the IUD string and produce a Fallopian tube infection. If your MD has examined you and found that there isn't either a intra-uterine or tubal infection, then that is great. The IUD could have been contaminated at the time of tis' removal through the vagina if you don't have any evidence of infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer