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What brings about a group b strep infection in pregnancy? Does diet play a role?

What brings about a group b strep infection in pregnancy? Does diet play a role?

GBS lives in vagina: Some bacteria have certain areas where they like to live. Group B Strep lives 'normally' in the vaginal area. Yes, sorry- there are bacteria EVERYWHERE and you just can't get rid of 'em. If you do, some other microbes will just take their place. Diet has no effect. Ob/gyn's screen for GBS because it can be dangerous to the baby -causing meningitis at birth -so mothers are treated prior to delivery ...Read more

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How can I decrease the risk of my baby getting a group b strep infection?

How can I decrease the risk of my baby getting a group b strep infection?

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

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What increases my baby's risk of having a late onset group b strep infection?

Usually unknown: Any new born baby staying for a prolonged period in a neonatal intensive care unit is at higher risk. Other than that, most of late-onset group b strep infections are community acquired. ...Read more

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How is a group b strep infection treated in moms. Babies?

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

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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?

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

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Is 3x500 mg for 28 dy Amoxicillin effective for treating Group B Strep Infection found using semen culture? Original sympom: reduced ejaculate volume.

Is 3x500 mg for 28 dy Amoxicillin effective for treating Group B Strep Infection found using semen culture? Original sympom: reduced ejaculate volume.

Below: If there was a semen culture, then sensitivities were prob also done at the same time and your DR used the Amoxicillin because the Group B Strep was sensitive to that drug. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Possible but: Group B strep does not always cause a discharge but it can. Given your description, please be sure to have your doctor check to see if other infections can be contributing. ...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.

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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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?

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

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How would you treat a bladder infection from Group B Strep (tested, high number of colonies) that doesn't respond to Ampicillin/Penicillin?

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

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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?

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 more

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Does taking treatment for throat infection put my baby more at risk for my Group B Strep? I'm a carrier. Abx don't cover GBS can they make it stronger

Does taking treatment for throat infection put my baby more at risk for my Group B Strep? I'm a carrier. Abx don't cover GBS can they make it stronger

Antibiotics: Hi
So the usual recommendation is that you get tested for Group B strep between 35-37 weeks of your pregnancy. If you test positive, they will give you IV antibiotics that cover GBS during labor because the GBS transmission to the baby occurs during childbirth. Generally speaking, if an antibiotic doesn't cover GBS, it won't stimulate it to become "stronger". ...Read more

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Is it safe to have an HSG Femvue test while I have a UTI from Group B Strep? Could this infect womb?

Is it safe to have an HSG Femvue test while I have a UTI from Group B Strep? Could this infect womb?

Maybe risky: GBS mostly resides in the vagina, and might cause fallopian tube infection if flushed into the tubes when Femvue is injected. Make sure your doctor knows of your GBS infection, also the radiologist who may be actually doing the test. It may be safe, especially if your infection has been treated for a few days. But make sure they know; better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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If a pt requests an prescription for a +ve group b strep infection prior to delivery, can this prevent ascending infection resulting in chorioamnionitis in l&d?

Not reliably: This was tried in controlled studies in the past and found ineffective in reliably eliminating group b carriage.One likely problem is gbs is a common inhabitant of the intestinal tract & oral medications likely can't reach all the germ traveling within the stool. Standard rx is to give IV meds in labor to surpress/kill any residual germs. Such protocols have dropped infection rates substanti. ...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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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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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 is the definition or description of: Group B streptococcal infection?

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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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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Group B Strep Infection (Definition)

An infection caused by a common ...Read more