U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Drexel Hill, PA
A female asked:

how do u get bacterial vaginosis?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Vaginal pH change: The vagina is kept at a pH(acidity/alkalinity) scale of 4.5 to 5.5.(mildly acidic) by Doderleins bacteria that are "native"(beneficial) to the vagina and maintain a rather constant pH. Several events can abnormally change the pH or kill the "good" bacteria, such as frequent douching, perfumed soap use, non-hygienic sexual partners, and unsanitary dildos. BV thrives on those situations.
Dr. Vaidehi Patel
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
Imbalance of flora: Bacterial vaginosis is a very common vaginal infection in women. It is from bacteria that live normally in the vagina and for unclear reasons, overgrow and cause symptoms. Sexual contact with new and multiple male and female partners was associated with an increased risk of BV.
Dr. Jamie Glover
Family Medicine 22 years experience
BV is an imbalance: Sexual activity with new or multiple partners is a risk factor although it is not an STI per se and there is no evidence that treating a partner will help. BV mostly involves a change in the numbers and balance of normal bacteria that live in the vagina with certain types of normal bacteria increasing in concentration and other types decreasing. Douching and cigarette smoking are risk factors.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Similar questions

A 21-year-old member asked:

How are bacterial pneumonias different from viral pneumonias?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Cause and treatment: The cause is different. Viruses are much smaller than bacteria, harder to identify, and are treated with an entirely different kind of medications. Treatment for one does not work for the other.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can insect repellant reduce my chances of getting infected by bacteria transmitted from a bite?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Probably not: Insect repellants are designed to prevent your being bitten by insects; they are not antibiotics or antiseptics. If you've been bitten & the site is getting redder, hurting more, swelling, producing pus, sending red streaks up the arm/leg/etc, see your doc for evaluation and treatment.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can all fleas potentially carry the plague bacteria?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Probably yes: Rats, prairie dogs, chipmunks, squirrels, deer mice, etc..., and the fleas of all these animals can carry the plague. Other animals, such as rabbits, also can have the plague. After pet cats and dogs catch the plague, their fleas can become infected and transmit the bacteria also.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
I read the question differently from you, since not all fleas have been exposed to Yersinia pestis. So some fleas could not transmit the illness.
Jan 4, 2014
A 31-year-old member asked:

Do all ticks carry borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: LD is spread by specific species of ticks if and only if they acquire the germ in their life cycle. In the US, Ixodes scapularis, the black legged tick is the main problem for northeast & upper north central US; the western blacklegged tick, Ixodes pacificus is the problem for the west coast.
Fort Worth, TX
A 25-year-old female asked:

Are there any over-the-counter treatments for bacterial vaginosis?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not effective: Many otc products that "promise to treat bacterial vaginosis" are not as effective as a rx from your gyn. The products just enhance the profitability of the company that makes them and can do harm with the irritating ingredients they contain.

Related questions

A 20-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 38-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 36-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 31-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Nov 7, 2020

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.