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Dr. Benjamin Vela
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Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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Dr. Timothy Brown
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I had an endometrial ablation and d&c 16 days ago and I have a very bad smelling discharge, severe back pain, feel bloated and gassy, headache nonstop. I don't feel right and I am out of town until next week. Concerned about what's going on.

I had an endometrial ablation and d&c 16 days ago and I have a very bad smelling discharge, severe back pain, feel bloated and gassy, headache nonstop. I don't feel right and I am out of town until next week. Concerned about what's going on.

Get checked, NOW: You should be seen immediately. Go to an ER if necessary. You should not wait until you are back in town. You may have an infection or internal damage and the sooner it is evaluated and treated the better. ...Read more

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Why do I have bad smelling floyds, vaginal discharges, pain during sexual relations, vaginsl itchy (inside), and burnings at urine?

Why do I have bad smelling floyds, vaginal discharges, pain during sexual relations, vaginsl itchy (inside), and burnings at urine?

Get tested: Foul smelling discharge needs to be evaluated. The most common cause is a nonsexually transmitted overgrowth of bacteria called bacterial vaginosis. Testing for other sexually transmitted disease may need to be done as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Mary Engrav
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Is having a lot of discharge a bad thing when it isn't discolored, looking like cottage cheese or smelling? Is there anything to do to decrease the amount of discharge?

The : The amount of vaginal discharge varies depending on the woman's hormone balance and place in their cycle. If the discharge increases over the normal amount, then the patient should be medically evaluated as an increase in discharge can be concerning for infection or other problems. I would recommend a gynecological evaluation to test for infection and also be sure the pap smear is up to date. If the patient has pain, fever, or vomiting, then they should be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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What does discharge from pid usually smell like? I know it's bad smelling but what could it be compared to?

What does discharge from pid usually smell like? I know it's bad smelling but what could it be compared to?

Fishy, usually: Pelvic inflammatory disease itself isn't associated with a particular kind of discharge, but many women with PID also have bacterial vaginosis, an overgrowth of vaginal bacteria. In some cases, BV may trigger PID, along with gonorrhea or chlamydia. BV typically causes a fishy odor. In fact, the vaginal bacteria produce some of the same chemicals that create the odor of decaying fish. ...Read more

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I have a thick discharge. I keep getting uncomfortable feelings in my vagina/urethra so much that I don't want to move. My pee is bad smelling and only a little bit comes out. The bad feeling worsens?

I have a thick discharge. I keep getting uncomfortable feelings in my vagina/urethra so much that I don't want to move. My pee is bad smelling and only a little bit comes out.  The bad feeling worsens?

Infection, STD?: Abnormal vaginal discharge always requires professional evaluation. Your symptoms strongly suggest an infection, maybe yeast but more likely an STD (gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, etc). Maybe bacterial vaginosis, an overgrowth of vaginal bacteria, which also can go along with STDs. See doctor ASAP for exam and testing. An excellent choice would be your nearest gov't sexual health centre. Good luck! ...Read more

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6th day on Macrobid for UTI, off-white coloured bitter smelling discharge is still there. No pain but is the discharge a bad sign? Had sex yesterday

6th day on Macrobid for UTI, off-white coloured bitter smelling discharge is still there. No pain but is the discharge a bad sign? Had sex yesterday

Your question: A UTI does not cause a vaginal discharge. You have probably had adequate treatment after six days and should ask your provider if its ok to qut therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Dont have my periods after intercourse and along with it I am suffering from very bad anal irritation and foul smelling vaginal discharge. What it can be?

Dont have my periods after intercourse and along with it I am suffering from very bad anal irritation and foul smelling vaginal discharge. What it can be?

Gonococcus +: You have possibility of pregnancy if you had unprotected sex with a potent male. If you had anal sex- std is the gift from your companion to that area in addition to your vagina. See pmd have tests and culture. Abstinence till cured. Do not forget long latent perod stds- hiv, hepatitis. ...Read more

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Drainage (Definition)

Fluid coming out of an open area or wound. This can be infected ...Read more


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