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.
Classical. This could include secondary complications of rheumatic fever, kidney failure from glomerulonephritis, and several other problems, including acute bacterial endocarditis. Hope my internal medicine colleagues also give you answers, as mine may cover only part of the complications.
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.
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.
Penicillin. It depends what you mean. If you are treating a soft tissue infection the antibiotic of choice is oral penicillin or cephalosporin. If you mean gbs + colonization of the genital tract during pregnancy, then this is treated with IV penicillin until delivery.
Culture. Swab taken for culture specifically for gbs.
None usually. Usually no symptoms in pregnancy but risk to baby delivered vaginally.
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.
It's not alive. Streptokinase is an enzyme that dissolves blood clots. It is not the bacteria streptococcus which is probably what confuses you.
No bacteria in shot. Streptokinase injections don't contain actual strep bacteria (or any other bacteria unless it is contaminated).
Very contagious. Strep throat is caused by group a streptococcus (or streptococcus pyogenes) which is a very infectious bacteria.