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What is the difference between a yeast infection and a bacterial infection in the vagina? How different are the symptoms?

What is the difference between a yeast infection and a bacterial infection in the vagina? How different are the symptoms?

The difference is: A yeast infection is caused by yeast. The bacterial infection that i think you are referring to is not actually an infection. It's an imbalance of the vaginal flora/bacteria. Hope this clarifies. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Balin
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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I have a yeast infection and I think it causes you to have a bacterial infection?

I have a yeast infection and I think it causes you to have a bacterial infection?

Possible: Hi, Thank you for your question. A yeast infection happens when there's a change to the normal flora. You can get it if you are immunocomprised or after taking antibiotics. Some people even get it due to stress. Any change to your normal self puts you at risk to get other infections as well. Hope that helps..contact me if you have any other questions :-) Dr. M ...Read more

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What would or could happen if I was to continue and ignore this yeast infection or bacterial infection? or whatever it is?

What would or could happen if I was to continue and ignore   this yeast infection or bacterial infection? or whatever it is?

Get worse: most likely it will get worse or cause other issues. Please see your local MD to have it evaluated and treated Connect with my Virtual Practice on Healthtap for any future dental questions with my special keycode: DFWMCQ! Securely video or text chat by virtual appointment. http://htap.us/28qexs ...Read more

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Can i cure a yeast infection and vaginal bacterial infection with garlic?

Can i cure a yeast infection and vaginal bacterial infection with garlic?

No: No. Garlic will have no beneficial effects against yeasts or bacteria. See a doctor and get proper treatment. ...Read more

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How can I fix a major pH imbalance i've been struggling with for years in my vaginal area? I have been struggling with a major pH imbalance for years in my vaginal area, i either have a yeast infection or a massive bacterial infection, depending on what d

How can I fix a major pH imbalance i've been struggling with for years in my vaginal area? I have been struggling with a major pH imbalance for years in my vaginal area, i either have a yeast infection or a massive bacterial infection, depending on what d

Taking : Taking pro-biotic supplements can help and eating a lot of yogurt helps. Sometimes women with persistent vaginal infections are treated with boric acid periodically but this a treatment that needs to be managed carefully by a physician. Our office has natural supplements containing pro-biotics that help a lot for some women. ...Read more

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Can a yeast infection turn into a bacterial infection?

Can a yeast infection turn into a bacterial infection?

Yes: Unfortunately, yeast infections can turn into bacterial. Sometimes it's due to the cream that one uses to treat yeast infections, your body can have a reaction to those chemicals which can then lead to bacterial vaginosis. Sometimes a woman goes back and forth between the 2. Best, if you can, is try to figure out what in diet or environment caused initial infection and prevent that. ...Read more

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Can a skin yeast infection and a bacterial infection occur on the same place at the same time?

Can a skin yeast infection and a bacterial infection occur on the same place at the same time?

Yes: Multimicrobial infections are common. Once the integrity of the skin is diminished, then other organisms can more easily infect the area. ...Read more

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How do I prevent from getting yeast infection or bacterial infection in my vagina?

How do I prevent from getting yeast infection or bacterial infection in my vagina?

Question unclear: Are you getting these? Or do you just want to prevent the possibility? Stop taking Keflex and this will reduce the risk of candidiasis. Bv is not likely to occur unless some change in the acidity or other environmental changes in your vaginal secretions. Doubt you can prevent this from occurring. ...Read more

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Six months I have had chunky sour tasting discharge. I've tested negative for all stds, yeast infection, bacterial infection. How can I fix this?

Six months I have had chunky sour tasting discharge. I've tested negative for all stds, yeast infection, bacterial infection. How can I fix this?

Sour tasting?: Vaginal discharge requires an examination to determine the cause and treatment. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause and often has a vaginal odor. Vaginal itching can be a sign of a yeast infection. Sometimes vaginal discharge can be a sign of a sexual transmitted infection. Testing is important to determine the treatment and keep you and your partner safe. ...Read more

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I was treated for a bacterial infection in mid December and then just treated for a yeast infection last week. My period just ended yesterday and having some discharge still. It doesn't have the odor like the infection, slightly different than yeast?

I was treated for a bacterial infection in mid December and then just treated for a yeast infection last week. My period just ended yesterday and having some discharge still. It doesn't have the odor like the infection, slightly different than yeast?

Depends: Some discharge is normal. If there is no odor or itching or pain, I would not do anything further. If there is still itching and irritation the yeast infection may not have been fully treated and a trip back to the gynecologist would be recommended ...Read more

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Ways to prevent yeast infection or a bacterial infection at your vagina? Does it help if i don't wear underwear when i sleep or does it make it worse?

Ways to prevent yeast infection or a bacterial infection at your vagina? Does it help if i don't wear underwear when i sleep or does it make it worse?

Does not matter: Maintaining a healthy vaginal flora and ph is the best way to avoid overgrowth with unwanted bacteria, like yeast or a mix of anaerobic bacteria, that cause bacterial vaginosis. You should avoid vaginal douches and what often helps are otc vaginal ph balancing gels. They come in packs of single applicators and you get them most of the time in supermarkets, next to the tampons. ...Read more

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Can my wife get a bacterial infection or a yeast infection by having doggystle sexual intercourse?

Can my wife get a bacterial infection or a yeast infection by having doggystle sexual intercourse?

Yes, but not because: A woman can get a bacterial infection like BV (bacterial vaginosis) or a yeast infection (candida), but it is not due to her position during sex. Doggy or non-doggy should not make any difference in whether or not she gets BV or candida. ...Read more

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Is raw, irritated skin on inner labia and vaginal opening a sign of a yeast infection or a bacterial infection?

Is raw, irritated skin on inner labia and vaginal opening a sign of a yeast infection or a bacterial infection?

Either: It is more likely to be a yeast infection or an irritant dermatitis, but a bacterial infection can also be a potential cause. Consult a physician for a culture and treatment. ...Read more

Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bacterial Infections (Definition)

Bacteria are tiny organisms that can only be seen with a microscope. When certain bacteria enter the body, they can cause infections that must ...Read more