The Signs of a Group B Strep Infection You're Overlooking

May 7th 2016

The test for GBS infection involves culturing a fluid that does not normally contain the bacteria in adults who are hosts to see what grows. These fluids include urine, cerebrospinal fluid and blood. If you have any concerns about GBS, talk to your doctor to see which test is best for you. If another infection is the cause of your symptoms, a bacterial culture can also reveal this in some cases, so it is well worth testing for GBS infection if diagnosis is otherwise proving to be tricky.

Fever

Most commonly found in young babies with the disease, a low-grade fever can be a sign of a GBS flare-up or sepsis, an infection in the bloodstream. This can lead to seizures if untreated, so do not ignore temperature rises in a young baby. In vulnerable adults, this often expresses as a feeling of general unwellness and lethargy, with non-specific aches also being common.

Skin Infections and Ulcers

In adults, common signs of GBS include invasive infections such as ulcers and other inflammations of the skin and soft tissue. Developing a tendency to this type of infection despite good hygiene and regular movement can be an indicator of GBS. If you cannot move much, it's particularly important to be aware of steps to prevent bedsores and leg ulcers; if standard prevention techniques aren't working, a GBS test is a good idea.

Bone and Joint Pain

A GBS infection can cause unexplained or new bone and joint pains. Because the bacteria travel in the blood, they reach even the most inaccessible parts of the body, and they can set up an infection almost anywhere, particularly in vulnerable adults. Be aware of the possibility when coping with any new aches.

Pain on Urination

GBS infections are one possible cause of urinary tract infections. The symptoms of these include more frequent urges to urinate and a burning sensation when passing urine. Check out these symptoms as soon as possible in any case; untreated UTIs can lead to fertility issues.

Breathing Issues

If you do not have known allergies and begin wheezing or developing pneumonia symptoms, GBS may be to blame. Cases of GBS-related pneumonia are on the rise, and they tend to manifest as shortness of breath and fever with cough.

Conclusion

Group B strep bacteria are extremely common. Most adults carry them in their bodies at some time or another, and you may even carry them all of the time with no symptoms at all. However, there are several signs of a more serious GBS infection that are still easy to overlook, so it's worth being aware of what to watch out for. GBS infections are particularly dangerous for newborns, diabetics, or people who have cardiovascular disease or cancer.

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