Group B Strep Skin Infection

Posted by rcfightin @rcfightin, Jun 24, 2018

Hi All,

I noticed what looked like a spider bite or pimple on my bottom. Within a couple of days it had grown in size/depth and was increasingly more painful. I had a previous history with MRSA, but hadn't had a lesion in years, and assumed that it was back. I had an appointment scheduled with my OBGYN and asked her to look at it. She agreed it looked like MRSA in appearance & based on my history, so cultured it and started me on Bactrim. By day 5 the pain was so unbearable and the spot had grown and was so inflamed (at this point larger than a golf ball in depth with inflammation spreading from it the size of a pancake) that I had to go in to have it lanced and drained.

All that to say, it turned out to not be MRSA, but GROUP B STREP. My awareness to GBS was limited to pregnant women, but apparently it can occur in nonpregnant adults and can occur on the skin. I'm just wondering if this is something that anyone else has been diagnosed with??


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Welcome to Connect, @rcfightin,

Symptoms of Group B Streptococcal (GBS) infection depend on the part of the body that is infected. Since GBS bacteria can cause a number of skin diseases (impetigo, cellulitis),, I'd like to invite @shoregal45 @jrofri @looloo @linde to join this conversation and offer their thoughts. What has your doctor suggested in terms of treatment, @rcfightin?

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