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Doctor insights on: Antimicrobial Underwear

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Are cotton underwear better than no underwear for preventing yeast infections?

Are cotton underwear better than no underwear for preventing yeast infections?

Probably won't help: Vaginal yeast infections and underwear, tight clothing, etc is mostly urban myth. It may make a difference once in a while, but not in most women. If not yet checked for underlying problems that promote yeast, e.g. diabetes, do that. Assuming no special cause, the best approach may be a once weekly dose of oral fluconazole (Diflucan®), usually very effective in prevention. Discuss with your gyn. ...Read more

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A vicious cycle: clean vagina, sex, infection, antibiotics, monistat, douche, clean vagina, etc?

A vicious cycle: clean vagina, sex, infection, antibiotics, monistat, douche, clean vagina, etc?

Be seen: It sounds like you have a resistant infection, or something else, going on. Though i would be cautious about douching, as it has a tendency to upset the balance of the ph of your vagina, and can be contributing to this situation. ...Read more

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Can dettol soap clear yeast infection?

Can dettol soap clear yeast infection?

I would have: Concerns that if could change vaginal ph and through off vaginal flora more. ...Read more

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Antibacterial soap good for skin infections?

Antibacterial soap good for skin infections?

Probably not: Antibiotic soap can prevent infections, but it's unlikely to treat them once they happen. ...Read more

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Doesn't antibacterial soap just kill bad bacteria?

Doesn't antibacterial soap just kill bad bacteria?

Not a concern: We worry about killing "good bacteria" in the GI tract. It's not an issue on the skin. There's no harm if you happen to kill some harmless bacteria living on your hands. However, plain soap and water is enough for most purposes. ...Read more

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Are there triclosan-free antibiotic soaps?

Are there triclosan-free antibiotic soaps?

Yes: Search the internet for specific triclosan-free soaps. Or you can even ask your doctor for specific handouts and recommendations where to find this information. Tru-test can also be used for information. ...Read more

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Latex allergy from douche bag for feminine hygiene?

Latex allergy from douche bag for feminine hygiene?

Douche: Yes. You may have a problem with that. Finding an alternate may be difficult. If your symtoms are very mild or more theoretical than real you may be able to by with using this method. ...Read more

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Can STD be transmitted through clean underwear mixed with STD contaminated underwear during laundry?

Can STD be transmitted through clean underwear mixed with STD contaminated underwear during laundry?

No - shouldn't: I can't imagine that happening. Even if the clothing came in contact, the process of washing the clothing in a washing machine should remove contaminants. ...Read more

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Colgate white is advisable for feminine wash?

NO: Toothpaste is for teeth not for vaginas. Do not use products in the vagina which were not made for that purpose. ...Read more

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White/yellowish w/ mild cheesy odor discharge bad itching & irritation on vulva.I been using perfumed soaps, sprays, vaginal cleansers.What could it be?

White/yellowish w/ mild cheesy odor discharge bad itching & irritation on vulva.I been using perfumed soaps, sprays, vaginal cleansers.What could it be?

Yeast: This sounds classic for yeast infection. Soaps, sprays and cleansers won't help, you may need an antifungal such as one that's available over the counter at your local grocery or drugstore. It's also possible that you have bacterial vaginosis, which is overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria. See a doctor or start with antifungal and see if that helps. Stop all sprays, creams = could make worse. ...Read more

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Bacterial Vaginosis back AGAIN. Ten years of dealing with this. Tried everything! Metro, clind, Dalacin, vag probiotics. No baths, cotton undies. ?

Bacterial Vaginosis back AGAIN. Ten years of dealing with this.  Tried everything! Metro, clind, Dalacin, vag probiotics. No baths, cotton undies. ?

Try Nuvaring: Using Nuvaring for birth control is often effective at preventing recurrent bacterial vaginosis. It stabilize the vaginal pH between 3.5-5.5. This inhibits the overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria that causes BV ...Read more

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How effective is dettol liquid soap in vaginal disinfection?

How effective is dettol liquid soap in vaginal disinfection?

Keep vag. life alive: A woman can just use the same mild shower soap that she washes everywhere else with, and just gently rub the places between the big labia and her thighs, and between the big labia and her small inner labia, and around the clitoris. That should gently remove excess oils (sebum) and stuff. Of course, "over-cleaning" can lead to rashes. The actual vagina is inside the body and does not need washing. ...Read more

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Can yeast infections from damp bathing suits?

Can yeast infections from damp bathing suits?

It can contribute: Yes, change out of your wet bathing suit when you get out of the water. ...Read more

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Will antibacterial cleaner kill scabies?

Will antibacterial cleaner kill scabies?

No, Scabies are not: Bacteria. Medications prescribed by your health care provider are usually needed to treat scabies. Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, ; crotamiton. ...Read more

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Is chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse effective against bad breath?

Is chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse effective against bad breath?

It couldn't hurt: The rinse will help a little to keep bad breath at bay, but you do have to have good teeth (no holes) and you must also practice good oral hygiene. The rinse will mostly help keep gingivitis or mild periodontitis in check. Bad breath is not only an oral problem but is possibly caused by what you have in your stomach. ...Read more

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Does listeria antibacterial mouthwash cause dry mouth?

Does listeria antibacterial mouthwash cause dry mouth?

Not sure: If you are referring to listerine, then possibly. Any mouthrinse that contains alcohol can cause dry mouth...Traditional listerine has alcohol. Try switching to listerine zero or any other mouthrinse that is alcohol free. ...Read more

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Why do i have an odour but my panty shield and underwear dont have the odour on it?

Why do i have an odour but my panty shield and underwear dont have the odour on it?

Vaginal odor?: panty shields are a choice, but aren't necessary. While there is a "smell" to a vagina, this is nothing to be ashamed of or try to cover up. It's normal. Sometimes a panty shield is not "breathable", and may contribute to vaginal odor or overgrowth of bacteria or yeast. Ur panties likely don't smell Bc of the shield. Try cotton panties and no shield, and see your ob to be checked for infection. ...Read more

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Is it safe to wear polyester underwear?

Is it safe to wear polyester underwear?

Probably yes: Recommended is cotton, polyester helps retain moisture which can in time cause skin fungal infections. ...Read more

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What kind of underwear do most teens wear?

What kind of underwear do most teens wear?

None in particular: They wear all kinds. Boxers seem popular, briefs seem popular. Some wear none at all. Wear what you like and make you comfortable and make you feel right about yourself. ...Read more

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Is there special underwear for diabetic men?

Is there special underwear for diabetic men?

UW: Not sure about your question. If this is in regards to urinary incontinence, then "depends" are fairly popular. ...Read more

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Is the white stuff in my underwear discharge?

Is the white stuff in my underwear discharge?

WHITE STUFF: If it doesn't itch, burn or smell, you are ok. ...Read more

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What does a little blood on underwear indicate?

What does a little blood on underwear indicate?

Can be many things: Blood in the underwear can be due to many issues, potentially from the urinary tract or from the rectum. See your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it normal for discharge to soak an underwear?

Sort of : It's not extremely common but it's not abnormal. It depends on what part of your cycle you're in and other factors, e.g. Sexual arousal. ...Read more

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Can you get brown stains on underwear when you ovulate?

Can you get brown stains on underwear when you ovulate?

Yes: Ovulatory spotting is quite common and is not dangerous. I would keep a diary to ensure that it only occurs right at ovulation. There are many other causes of midcycle spotiing and i would see your gynecologist to be sure it is not something serious. ...Read more

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If you wore someone's clean underwear can you get herpes?

If you wore someone's clean underwear can you get herpes?

Herpes transmission: requires contact with the lesions of an active outbreak. Contracting herpes in the scenario you suggest is highly unlikely. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it okay to wear seamless underwear or is cotton better?

Cotton is best: Non-cotton thong panties are the worst. Both statements refer to risk for developing a urinary tract infection. ...Read more

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Is it okay to work out/exercise/run without wearing underwear?

Is it okay to work out/exercise/run without wearing underwear?

Yes: But it could be uncomfortable. With exercise your body will generate more heat and as a result your testicles will tend to descend in order to cool down. This process could generate discomfort especially with running. ...Read more

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Is it really true that its healthy to sleep with out underwear?

Is it really true that its healthy to sleep with out underwear?

It is sometimes : Helpful if a woman has a vaginal yeast infection - especially if her underwear is tight fitting or made from synthetic materials. ...Read more