Is Group B Strep bad?

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.

Should I be worried about having strep B?

If you have just tested for group B Strep carriage, whatever the result, please don’t worry. Carrying GBS is perfectly normal and natural and does not post a health risk or cause symptoms in the person carrying the bacteria.

What happens if my group B strep test is positive?

If you test positive for group B strep, it doesn’t mean that you’re ill or that your baby will be affected. It simply means you need treatment to prevent an infection in your baby. Talk with your health care provider about how you’ll incorporate your group B strep treatment into your labor plan.

Is group B strep A big deal?

Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carry GBS, the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life.

Does group B strep make you high risk?

Risk for serious GBS disease increases as people get older. Adults 65 years or older are at increased risk compared to adults younger than 65 years old.

How does a pregnant woman get group B strep?

What causes group B strep? The group B strep bacteria come and go naturally in people’s bodies. If a pregnant woman has the bacteria in her body, she can pass it to her baby during labor and delivery. A group B strep infection happens when a baby is exposed to the bacteria while it’s being born.

Can Strep B be cured?

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.

When should you go to the hospital for labor if GBS positive?

When would someone who is GBS positive need to go straight to the hospital in labor? If your water has broken and you are strongly and regularly contracting, at least in a frequency of 5 minute intervals and with minute long contractions, having labored this way for 3+ hours.

Is Strep B an STD?

The bacteria that cause group B strep disease normally live in the intestine, vagina, or rectal areas. Group B strep colonization is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD).. One of every four or five pregnant women carries GBS in the rectum or vagina.

Can group B strep go away during pregnancy?

Most babies who are treated for GBS do fine. But even with treatment, about 1 in 20 babies (5 percent) who have GBS die. Premature babies are more likely to die from GBS than full-term babies (born at 39 to 41 weeks of pregnancy). GBS infection may lead to health problems later in life.

How do you get strep B positive?

How do people become carriers of group B Strep? Like many bacteria, GBS may be passed from one person to another through skin-to-skin contact, for example, hand contact, kissing, close physical contact, etc. As GBS is often found in the vagina and rectum of colonised women, it can be passed through sexual contact.

Does group B strep go away in adults?

Much of the time, there is no specific way to prevent GBS in adults. The bacteria may regularly come and go in people’s bodies and cause no symptoms. However, prevention is extremely important in pregnant women and their newborns. Doctors will want to take steps to prevent a woman from passing GBS to her newborn child.

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.

How can you reduce the risk of group B strep?

The two best ways to prevent group B strep (GBS) disease during the first week of a newborn’s life are:

  1. Testing pregnant women for GBS bacteria.
  2. Giving antibiotics, during labor, to women at increased risk.

Can Strep B cause vaginal issues?

Most women don’t have any symptoms of GBS. It can, however, cause vaginal burning, itching or discharge that may be mistaken for a yeast infection (and incorrectly treated). It can also cause bladder (urinary tract) infections, with or without symptoms.

What causes Strep B not pregnant?

You can develop a GBS infection even if you’re not pregnant. You’re at risk for this infection if you have diabetes, cancer, HIV, or severe liver or kidney disease. You’re also at greater risk if you are dependent on alcohol, have heart disease, or are an older adult.

Can Strep B cause a miscarriage?

Sometimes GBS infection in newborn babies can cause serious complications that can be life threatening, but this is not common. Extremely rarely, GBS infection during pregnancy can also cause miscarriage, early (premature) labour or stillbirth.