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Doctor insights on: Bacterial Vaginosis Vs Yeast Infection

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Do I have a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis?

Do I have a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis?

U could have both: Yeast usually itches and is white, BV usally smells and is green , brown, yellow , or opaque, see your gyn for a culture because you could have both and there are 6 diff bact that can cause BV and sometimes you can other bact like e coli , etc in tehevagina. ...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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How to know it is just flar ups of bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection?

How to know it is just flar ups of bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection?

Yeast vs BV: Yeast can present with clumpy, white vaginal discharge to a watery, white discharge. Sometimes a discharge is not apparent. There is no odor. It can cause swelling and redness of vulva along with itching and burning pain. It may lead to pain with urination or intercourse. Bacterial Vaginosis can present with a yellowish cloudy, white or gray discharge which has a fish-like odor. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection?

I need help! How do I know if I have bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection?

Symptoms: Yeast usually causes a thick white discharge associated with itching and irritation. Bacterial vaginosis also causes a discharge, thinner, white to gray with a fishy odor. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection? Signs & symptoms?

How to differentiate between bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection? Signs & symptoms?

Odor and consistency: Bv has bad odor and discharge may be yellowish, and thinner. Yeast doesn't have odor, has white, cottage cheese like discharge and itches. ...Read more

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How to identify whether I have a combo of yeast infection as well as bacterial vaginosis?

How to identify whether I have a combo of yeast infection as well as bacterial vaginosis?

Need exam.: Bv usually produces a fishy odor, thin and homgenous off white discharge. Yeast infection produces itching and occasionally a whitish clumpy discharge. ...Read more

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It looks like i may have a yeast infection combined with bacterial vaginosis. What over-the-counter medications can I use to treat this?

It looks like i may have a yeast infection combined with bacterial vaginosis. What over-the-counter medications can I use to treat this?

BV requires Rx: There are several over-the-counter products for treating a yeast infection, but BV typically requires an antibiotic treatment that is a prescription. This is also a situation where self-diagnosis may not work, so it's best to see a doctor, anyway. ...Read more

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What is the frequency of a yeast infection after treatment for bacterial vaginosis?

Common: Any antibiotic dose can make yeast worse if it was already there, and sometimes (i hate to admit) us providers were wrong and the discharge was from yeast all along and the BV treatment made it worse. ...Read more

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How do you distiguish bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, and UTI from each other?

How do you distiguish bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, and UTI from each other?

UTI: A urine culture will tell if its a uti. A physical exam and vaginal exam can differentiate yeast from bv. ...Read more

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I have tested positive for bacterial vaginosis but can I have a yeast infection after treatment?

I have tested positive for bacterial vaginosis but can I have a yeast infection after treatment?

Yes.: Check with your treating gyn in follow up to be sure everything has cleared up without secondary infection. ...Read more

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I see to always get a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis is there something wrong with me? Does it come from having sex?

I see to always  get a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis  is there something wrong with me? Does it come from having sex?

Not from sex: Please see your gyn, but i recommend taking acidolphilus pills and a multi- vitamin everyday which is preventative, a nd you shoudl have a compelte culture to see which bact is causing and yeast and bv( 6 diff ones can cause it bv, 4can cause yeast) it could be rom another type of bacteria and you need to make sure your pap smear is normal and u want to avoid heat and humidity, air and dryness. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis and light yeast infection about 2wks ago.I finished my treatment but green discharge came back.What's wrong?

I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis and light yeast infection about 2wks ago.I finished my treatment but green discharge came back.What's wrong?

Recurrent BV? STD?: BV often recurs, so that's a possibility. However, BV doesn't usually cause colored discharge. Were you tested for STDs, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas? These all are more common in women with BV; make sure your doc does the best tests, including DNA test for trich. Hold off sex, or only with condoms. Keep working with your doctor -- it should be possible to work this out. ...Read more

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I believe my girlfriend might have one of the following. Bacterial vaginosis, uti, yeast infection. What diagnostic tools are used to 100% decide this?

I believe my girlfriend might have one of the following. Bacterial vaginosis, uti, yeast infection. What diagnostic tools are used to 100% decide this?

Proper evaluation: The clinician uses history (review of events), physical exam & whatever lab testing is considered relevant to the previous two factors. That could include a urinalysis & culture,a specimen of vaginal mucous examined in the lab or other tests as guided by the findings. An evaluation for other relevant conditions may also be necessary.Failure to detect & treat the right issue could make her sterile ...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


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more