Patient Comments: Group B Strep - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: strepbmomma, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I had a group B strep screen come back positive 12 years ago when pregnant for my last child. I was treated and cured and he was born normal and healthy. However, the group B strep came back with a vengeance. I guess I am colonized with it in the vaginal/groin area. Most of the time colonization does not cause problems for people. Unfortunately for me it does. I suffer from a disease called Hidradenitis suppurativa and the sores from it become infected with the group B strep it is awful. I have been on numerous antibiotics all to no avail. No one has suggested IV antibiotics, but I am willing to try it to get rid of this awful bacteria once and for all. I was wondering if there was any thing I could do on a daily basis to discourage the growth of these bacteria.

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Comment from: kjd, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I retired and moved to a new area. I felt I had vaginal problems since the move. I treated myself for yeast several times and yet the discharge and discomfort stayed. My doctor did the culture which was group B strep and I was treated with clindamycin vaginally. The infection was cleared, but now, 45 days later, I am having the problem again. This is the first time in over 30 years that I have not had chlorinated water.

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Comment from: nk, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

I had a pap test rejected due to unknown bacteria. Then I was given an antibiotic. I then developed a minor yeast infection and was treated for that. Two weeks after that, what I thought was the yeast infection came back in full force with all the severe symptoms of a yeast infection and sores. I was in severe pain. The doctor thought it was an outbreak of genital herpes. They did a culture, and it came back as group B strep. I am still waiting on the results of the STD test, but I am confident that it is only B strep. The antibiotics are helping tremendously!

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Comment from: kay, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I have been dealing with "vaginitis" for 5 years. I was diagnosed first with a yeast infection and then a bacterial infection by 3 doctors and one NP. Two weeks ago a family doctor finally diagnosed me with B Strep during a routine pap smear. I'm on my first round of antibiotics. Symptoms: extreme dryness, itchiness, extremely painful intercourse, and discharge. Finally, there is an answer, although the doctor said that I'll probably be dealing with this for the rest of my life. I wonder why I haven't been diagnosed with this sooner, I've had 3 kids in those five years.

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Comment from: 60yroldfemale, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

In January 2013 I was diagnosed with group B strep and a urinary tract infection after a urine culture. I had lower left groin pain and lower left back pain, along with headaches, joint pain, and swollen armpits. I had a cystoscopy in January 2013 and was ok. Now in September 2013 I got the same diagnosis by lab tests at my general practitioner. I go back to the urologist next week.

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Comment from: Luvmyamstaff, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I was diagnosed with a yeast infection in my belly button and under my breasts. I was given creams and powder which helped the itch but did not cure the infection. I then had cultures taken of my belly button and tongue along with blood test. They showed that I have Strep B. I'm now on antibiotics.

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Comment from: elfin_delight, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I am pregnant with my first child and am to give birth to her sometime in the next three weeks. I am 37 weeks now and found out during my doctor visit that I tested positive for Group B Strep. I will be given antibiotics when I go into labor but I still can't help but feel scared, especially for my daughter. It is nice to feel not so alone.

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Comment from: Dora, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 15

When I went to the hospital in labor back in 1976 they tested me for the group B strep because they said it was showing up with lots mothers to be south of town. I gave birth to my daughter about an hour later. Two days later they took her away from me saying I had tested positive and she tested positive with it in the nose and throat. They gave her the heavy duty antibiotics and we both went home 3 days later. She was perfectly healthy but did have some learning problems in school. My doctor said this was something my husband and I passed back and forth but if it's not sexually transmitted why would he have told me that?

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