Question: Is Group B Strep Bad?

Is Group B Strep serious?

Group B Streptococcus (group B strep, GBS) are bacteria that come and go naturally in the body.

Most of the time the bacteria are not harmful, but they can cause serious illness in people of all ages.

In fact, group B strep disease is a common cause of severe infection in newborns..

Can I pass group B strep to my husband?

A high possibility of GBS infection was found in a couple when either of the spouses was possible to GBS. The serotypes of 31 of the 34 couples (91.2%) were identical. Conclusion: It is suggested that GBS can be sexually transmitted, and cause reinfection between spouses in spite of antepartum medication.

Will I have GBS forever?

People who carry GBS often have no symptoms. GBS can come and go. Testing positive for GBS does not mean you will have it forever. But you will still be considered a carrier for the rest of your life.

What does group B strep discharge look like?

Even though health care providers do not widely recognize GBS vaginitis, GBS can cause yellow or green discharge as well as vaginal burning and/or irritation. These symptoms may be mistaken for a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis.

When should I go to the hospital if im GBS positive?

Most providers will recommend if you are GBS positive to come to the hospital immediately after your water breaks, because GBS risk to the baby will go up the longer your water is broken. They will want to start you on antibiotics right away.

Can I get rid of group B strep?

Early recognition and treatment is important to cure GBS infection in adults. High doses of antibiotics such as penicillin should be administered and the full course taken. Most GBS infection can be treated successfully, although some people will require all the expertise of intensive care facilities.

What happens if you test positive for group B strep?

Medical professionals diagnose GBS infection by isolating the organism from body fluids. A positive result means that a person is GBS-positive. The treatment for GBS infection is antibiotics. Complications of GBS infection include sepsis, pneumonia, meningitis, or occasionally death.

Should I be worried about strep B?

Group B Strep is not a sexually transmitted disease. Most women carrying GBS will have no symptoms. Carrying GBS is not harmful to you, but it can affect your baby around the time of birth. GBS can occasionally cause serious infection in young babies and, very rarely, during pregnancy before labour.