Learn about the different types of strep bacteria, what kinds of illnesses they cause, and how to prevent infection. Although strep throat is a common form of infection from streptococcal bacteria, it is not the only kind. There are a number of different streptococci, which create symptoms ranging from a mild throat infection to a life-threatening infection of the blood or organs.
Strep throat also known as pharyngitis or streptococcal pharyngitis is an infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenesor Group A Streptococcus GAS. Streptococcal pharyngitis is highly contagious and can spread by nasal secretions and saliva. Strep throat itself is not particularly dangerous, but the infection can worsenespecially if it goes untreated.
Group B strep bacteria, commonly found in your intestines and lower gastrointestinal GI tract, can cause serious complications for newborns, older people, and those with certain chronic illnesses, like diabetes. People who develop a group B strep infection could develop sepsis. Sepsis kills and disables millions and requires early suspicion and treatment for survival.
Group B strep streptococcus is a common bacterium often carried in the intestines or lower genital tract. The bacterium is usually harmless in healthy adults. In newborns, however, it can cause a serious illness known as group B strep disease.
Strep is short for Streptococcus, a type of bacteria. There are several types. Two of them cause most of the strep infections in people: group A and group B.
Carrying GBS is perfectly normal and natural and is not associated with any health risks or symptoms to the carrier. Simply carrying GBS detected from vaginal or rectal swabs does not require treatment. More information on GBS can be found by clicking here.
Back to Health A to Z. It's very common — up to 2 in 5 people have it living in their body, usually in the rectum or vagina. It's not routinely tested for, but may be found during tests carried out for another reason, such as a urine test or vaginal swab.
I'm 61 and recently began to have a vaginal discharge. It's not itchy, but sexual intercourse is painful. My doctor diagnosed it as strep B vaginitis and prescribed amoxicillin, which helped. But the discharge returned within a week.