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Are Femine Douches Good Or Bad For You
Generally bad: The vagina is an amazing organ- it keeps itself clean without the help of any soaps or douches. There are "good" bacteria in the vagina that help keep out the "bad" bacteria, and douching too much can lead to a change in the bacterial flora of the vagina. This can predispose to infections such as bacterial vaginosis. You can clean with water and gentle soap around the outside of the vagina. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It is bad for you: It is not good for you and according to studies it causes fatty deposits in the arterial walls and contribute to hypertension and cardiovascular disease. ...Read more
No: For the vast majority of women, these products have more potential for harm than good. You should be able to maintain your own hygiene and ph without help of pharmaceuticals, however if you're having a problem see a gyn rather than using those products. ...Read more
None: Most vaginal odors may be due to a vaginal infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or trichinosis. Those infections are treated with antibiotics. You will need to see your gynecologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Other odor may be secondary sweating, poor hygiene, or other disorder which may make you smell an odor other people may not perceive ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not at all bad: Tampons, if used and changed correctly, are absolutley not bad; this is an old-wive's tale. ...Read more
I have a yeast infection and i'm using OTC creams. Are there foods/drinks that I should avoid/use to help?
Probiotics: Probiotics, obtained either from food or supplements, are good bacteria that act protectively within your body. Filling your system with these through regular use inhibits nasty harmful organisms like yeast from growing to begin with. Additional benefits include stronger immunity, better digestion, and even better skin. ...Read more
Debate: Hi. No human has EVER been described to suffer from artificial sweetener deficiency. You get my point. There is debate over whether or not they are bad for you, but NO ONE would ever say they are GOOD for you! Live healthy! ...Read more
I have read of many organic mattress benefits. Are they really better for your health (especially for allergies/asthma) or just good advertisement?
Dust mite Covers: Any thick fiber close to your body, organic or not, has the potential to provide a home for dust mites. Only microweave synthetic fabric covers have been shown to reduce dust mite levels. "allergy" mattress covers that are made by pressure stamping fibers were shown to provide a great place for dust mites to live so they can crawl out and eat your shed skin cells. Get more information before u buy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please tell me if there are any good mouth washes or toothpastes that work good and make your teeth whiter?
None....: Unfortunately, despite many claims on many products, there are no rinse or tooth paste that helps your teeth to be whiter--at least from our professional standpoint/standard. This is why whitening is one of the most popular requests at a dental office--many people have tried over-the-counter products and got disappointing results. Some whitening pastes may retard staining on teeth but not whiten. ...Read more
Good children's toothpaste? Are there any good toothpastes for children that don't taste like bubblegum or candy? I'm not really comfortable with how some of these are marketed.
ProHealth for Kids: Made by sensodyne. Kids like the taste and it doesn't have whitening or tarter control ingredients that are aimed at adults. Remember to use only a pea-sized portion of toothpaste...The Fluoride is very important to prevent cavities. Ask your dentist or preferably pediatric dental specialist for advice. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Depends on severity: Depending on the severity of the acne, i'd suggest getting some basics like benzoyl peroxide & topical antibiotic. Wait then for the doc's input as to what additional meds may be needed, e.g. Oral antibiotics, vitamin a derivatives, etc. Washing twice a day with soap & water & patting dry will help reduce oiliness. ...Read more
I have a history of vaginal yeast infections as well as persistent UTIs. What lubricants would be safe to use for sex that wouldn't worsen these issue?
It's not lubricant: Lubricants aren't the problem; which one you use won't make any differencer (unless some symptoms might be allergy to lubricant). "Persistent" UTI should not occur; once diagnosed, cure usually isn't a problem. Recurrent yeast can be due to underlying health problems, especially diabetes. STDs can cause similar symptoms; get tested. Rather than worrying about lubricants, discuss w/ your doctor. ...Read more
Could be: Scented feminine products have chemicals tht could irritate or even cause abnormal tissue changes. That is why is recommended to use everything un scented. ...Read more
Feminine pads: Scented feminine pads are not necessarily bad for you but some people may be sensitive. ...Read more
Im allergic to both flagyl & clindamycin. Can i use the naturaal remedies such as peroxide douching or yogurt tampons for bv?
Sorry, won't work: Unfortunately, these won't work. And douching, with peroxide or anything else, is a very bad idea, especially for BV. It can flush bacteria into the tubes and increase the risk of PID. Check with your doctor whether truly allergic and could safely take metronidazole or clindamycin. Vaginal boric acid capsues are another possible option. Best to see a doc highly experienced in BV and infections. ...Read more
I just want to know if there is any strong toothpastes or mouthwashes that i could use for halitosis?
Oral hygiene: You don't need a stronger toothpaste or mouthwash. You need to work with your dentist, mechanically remove bacteria from your mouth by brushing, flossing and cleaning your tongue with a tongue scraper or brush. Xylitol gum or mints will help remove some bacteria. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Any suggestions or alternatives to clearing up a BV recurring infection besides Flagyl or creams. I am having no such luck and keep coming .
Good question: It may have to do with the change in the normal bacteria population that inhabits the vaginal ( typically lactobacillus) . In bv, the population has shifted to other types of bacteria that produce the 'amine' like odor. Recommend seeing your gynecologist to discuss alternatives. ...Read more
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