Group B Strep Infection (cont.)
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Group B Strep Infection Treatment
Serious infections with group B strep require intravenous antibiotics. Fortunately, group B strep remains sensitive to many types of antibiotics, including penicillin. Treatment is usually continued for 10-14 days but may be continued longer (six to eight weeks) if there is an abscess, infected heart valve, or osteomyelitis.
If the infection is an abscess, it is almost always necessary to drain the abscess. Draining may be done at the bedside using a needle if the abscess is small and near the surface. For larger or deeper abscesses, draining is often done in the operating room.
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