Font Size
A
A
A
...
10
...

Group B Strep Infection (cont.)

Prevention

Great strides have been made in reducing group B strep infections in mothers and infants. This has happened because doctors now test all pregnant women for group B strep by doing vaginal and rectal cultures. It is recommended that all pregnant women be tested for group B strep between 35-37 weeks of pregnancy. Women who carry group B strep are treated with intravenous antibiotics during labor. Women who plan to have cesarean sections do not need to be treated since the baby will not pass through the vagina. If a woman has not been tested before she is in labor, she may be treated with antibiotics to reduce the risk of group B strep infection in the baby, especially if the baby is premature, the mother has fever, or the water breaks >18 hours before delivery. If the mother has previously had an infant who was infected with group B strep or if group B strep is grown from the urine at any time during the pregnancy, she will be given antibiotics during labor regardless of what her rectal/vaginal cultures show.

As a result of using antibiotics during labor in colonized women, there has been a large reduction in invasive disease of newborns.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/3/2014

Must Read Articles Related to Group B Strep Infection

Abdominal Pain (Adults)
Abdominal Pain in Adults Abdominal pain in adults can range from a mild stomach ache to severe pain. Examples of causes of abdominal pain in adults include appendicitis, gallbladder dis...learn more >>
Antibiotics
Antibiotics Antibiotics are prescribed to individuals to cure disease by killing bacteria. There are over 100 antibiotics. The main classes of antibiotics include penicilli...learn more >>
Bacterial Pneumonia
Bacterial Pneumonia Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. People with pneumonia usually complain about coughing, fever, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Your body's imm...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Group B Strep:

Group B Strep - Patient Experience

What was your experience with symptoms of strep?

Group B Strep Infection - Treatment

Please describe your treatment regimen for your group B strep infection?





Medical Dictionary