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Is garlic washing a natural and effective option for group b strep treatment in labor for home birth?

Is garlic washing a natural and effective option for group b strep treatment in labor for home birth?

Doubtful: Group b strep infection in newborn, typically acquired from colonized birth canal, can be serious. Pregnant mother should receive penicillin. Don't fool around.
Garlic used to be hung around the neck to ward off bad germs & spirit in the medieval era. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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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Do vaginal exams increase risk of fetal group b strep?

Do vaginal exams increase risk of fetal group b strep?

No there is no risk: Vaginal exams are performed with a sterile speculum. Even though approximately 25% of women are colonized with group b strep, it is highly unlikely that the speculum would enter the uterus to transmit the bacteria to the fetus. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vaginal swab culture positive for group b strep?

What is the definition or description of: vaginal swab culture positive for group b strep?

GBS: Group b strep (gbs) is one of many bacteria that live on most people's body. When it lives on or around the vaginal area, a newborn baby has a higher risk of getting in or on the body.

Unfortunately, gbs can be deadly to a newborn. Please talk to your doctor about what you can do to reduce this risk. ...Read more

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If my mother, grandma and sister had severe pelvic organ prolapse following vaginal birth, does it mean that i will too? Should I have c-sec?

If my mother, grandma and sister had severe pelvic organ prolapse following vaginal birth, does it mean that i will too? Should I have c-sec?

Personal choice: Pregnancy and not just delivery method impacts pelvic support. A study done at madigan army medical center several years ago demonstrated evidence of prolapse from the first OB appointment to the time of delivery. Unfortunately, a cesarean section will not necessarily prevent pelvic prolapse. ...Read more

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If a mother has a history of genital herpes, what are the odds of a baby having birth defects both for c-section and vaginal birth?

If a mother has a history of genital herpes, what are the odds of a baby having birth defects both for c-section and vaginal birth?

Varies: Birth defects are not an issue with maternal herpes. The baby is at risk of a severe infection from the germ.The risk period begins with the opening of the bag of waters if mom is actively shedding the virus during a recognized or silent outbreak.The germ can travel into babies system & lay dormant for a while or immediately cause infection.A c-section before labor starts can avoid the risk. ...Read more

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What is a better option, vaginal birth orna csection? Does the vagina go back to normal after birth? What are the changes that happen?

What is a better option, vaginal birth orna csection? Does the vagina go back to normal after birth? What are the changes that happen?

It depends: In an uncomplicated pregnancy (healthy mother with normal anatomy and well developed stable fetus), vaginal delivery is ideal (this is how nature intended it to be!!). C-sections are necessary in some cases to preserve the health of both mother and baby, but this is still a significant surgery which should not be taken lightly. ...Read more

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What can I do if I test positive for group b strep?

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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Can you please discuss group b strep and how do you 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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How can I protect my unborn baby from group b strep?

How can I protect my unborn baby from group b strep?

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, tested& treated if any signs appear that suggest invasive disease. Discuss your concerns with ob. ...Read more

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What are some natural ways to treat gbs (group b strep)?

No natural way: Usually present in gut and in genital tract of 20-40% - but bad in pregnant women as it is a devastating infection in newborn, so needs treatment with antibiotics (preferably penicillin). ...Read more

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I have had several boils. And toId Im a Group B Strep colonizer. Is that the cause? If not what should I do?

I have had several boils. And toId Im a Group B Strep colonizer. Is that the cause? If not what should I do?

Skin abscesses are : usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Some heal on their own if you put warm compresses on them 4-5 times/day before & after the pus drains out. Even if you take a full course of antibiotics, when a few " staph" germs remain under the skin after it heals over, they can overgrow & re-form an abscess. See www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001474.htm for prevention & treatment. ...Read more

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How can group b strep disease affect a newborn?

How can group b strep disease affect a newborn?

Group b infection: Newborn can get group b strep infection either during passage through birth canal or after birth coming in contact with an adult carrier of this bacteria
the infection quickly spreads into the blood stream and can make the newborn really sick and has to be treated with IV antibiotics. ...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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Are the antibiotics used to treat group b strep given orally or through iv?

Depends on the situa: If i suspect a newborn has gbs , a life threatening condition, i will give it iv.If mom is gbs + during labor, she will get meds iv. They used to give some oral meds years ago to try to get rid of it in gbs+moms but found the practice unreliable & ineffective. ...Read more

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Is Group B Strep a reason for going into labour early?

GBS early labor?: Group B strep colonization occurs in many pregnant woman ( one study estimates10%). Some studies reported that GBS is associated with premature labor and may have effect on member rupture. However other surveys of large groups of women could not repeat these finding. Talk to your doctor with him/her about risk, your particular situation and come up with a plan together with him/her ...Read more

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Could someone be group b strep positive and ovarian cancer?

Could someone be group b strep positive and ovarian cancer?

No relationship: Yes, certainly some one may have both group b strep infection and ovarian cancer. These two conditions are not related or dependent on each other. ...Read more

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Can you have sex if you've had your membranes stripped and are positive for group b strep?

Can you have sex if you've had your membranes stripped and are positive for group b strep?

Wait: You should be treated for group B strep during your labor. The best person to ask is your obstetrician. Do what is safest for the baby. ...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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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

Vaginal Birth (Definition)

A vaginal birth is one in which the baby passes thru the cervical opening into the vagina and out the vaginal opening. Sometimes naturally, or sometimes with assistance with forceps or vacuum extraction to assist moving the baby's head thru a vaginal area ...Read more


Dr. Subir Mitra
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Group B Strep Infection (Definition)

An infection caused by a common ...Read more