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Dr. Heidi Fowler
812 Doctors shared insights

Streptococcal Infection (Overview)

Streptococcal infection is communicable bacterial disease.


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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
812 Doctors shared insights

Streptococcal Infection (Overview)

Streptococcal infection is communicable bacterial disease.


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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

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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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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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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What causes streptococcal infection in the throat? Is it contagious?

What causes streptococcal infection in the throat? Is it contagious?

Very contagious: Strep throat is caused by group a streptococcus (or streptococcus pyogenes) which is a very infectious bacteria. ...Read more

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Are the herbal supplements that can treat a streptococcal infection?

Are the herbal supplements that can treat a streptococcal infection?

Not for Cure: There are no proven herbal cures for strep throat. There are pain remedies such as tae and honey that may help discomfort. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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What can be done to help prevent group a streptococcal infections?

What can be done to help prevent group a streptococcal infections?

Strep pyogenes: Treatment of infected individuals, hand washing, minimizing exposure to infected persons may all assist in limiting spread. ...Read more

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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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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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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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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

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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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 common symptoms of streptococcal infection?

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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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 is the definition or description of: Group B streptococcal infection?

Group B Strep: Group B Strep (or GBS) infection is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus agalactiae. It can can cause serious illness (sepsis) and sometimes death, especially in newborns, the elderly, diabetics and people with weakened immune systems. If you have questions about this or other infections, you should talk to a doctor. ...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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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 is the vaccine for streptococcal infection called?

What is the vaccine for streptococcal infection called?

No Strep Vaccine: There is not yet a vaccine available for strep infections. Only ongoing research. ...Read more

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What causes streptococcal infection in the throat? Is it contagious?

Very contagious: Strep throat is caused by group a streptococcus (or streptococcus pyogenes) which is a very infectious bacteria. ...Read more

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Will a streptococcal infection harm my newborn child?

Yes: As dr ferguson explained, the group b strep (gbs) infection is most often acquired during vaginal birth, leading to early onset disease within 6 days of birth. But if the gbs is acquired from nursery personnel, the symptoms of infection may lay dormant until the second week of life. ...Read more

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Why doesn't injection of streptokinase cause a streptococcal infection?

It's not alive: Streptokinase is an enzyme that dissolves blood clots. It is not the bacteria streptococcus which is probably what confuses you. ...Read more

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Why doesn't injection of streptokinase cause a streptococcal infection?

No bacteria: Streptokinase does not contain any live strep bacteria. You have to have the bacteria to have the infection. ...Read more

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Can a streptococcal infection induce a miscarriage?

Can a streptococcal infection induce a miscarriage?

What's Infected?: A vaginal infection certainly increases risk to the fetus. A urinary tract infection not so much and a lung or skin infection is unlikely to cause risk unless the infection gets bad enough to cause sepsis/shock. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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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