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What distinguishes symptoms between a yeast infection from BV (bacterial vaginitis)?

What distinguishes symptoms between a yeast infection from BV (bacterial vaginitis)?

See your HCP: The symptoms can frequently be similar for both, but, typically, BV is associated with a foul fishy ordor, a watery discharge that comes and goes, and itching. A yeast infection generally does not have a distinct fishy odor, but may have a thick white discharge and itching associated with it. Many times, vaginal dryness is the first indication of a yeast infection. See your hcp for diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Inwood
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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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Vaginal yeast infection. Same as thrush?

Vaginal yeast infection. Same as thrush?

No, Thrush is oral: A vaginal yeast infection and thrush are caused by the same same fungus, candida, but thrush is oral (only the mouth), and the former only affects the vagina. Clotrimazole can be used for both, but usually different medications are used for the vaginal infection. ...Read more

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Vaginal odor after antibiotics for tooth infection and yeast infection?

Vaginal odor after antibiotics for tooth infection  and yeast infection?

Very possible: Antibiotics reduce bacterial levels, often allowing for yeast overgrowth. Antibiotics will reduce spread of bacterial infection, but will not cure an infected tooth. You need actual Dental treatment to affect a cure. Please call your Dentist about the tooth infection and your OBGyn about your yeast infection.. ...Read more

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Does mycolog II cream cure yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis?

Does mycolog II cream cure yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis?

Yeast infections : Mycolog ii is an anti-fungal and is used for yeast infections. If your treatment fails to relieve your symptoms, you may have BV (bacterial vaginosis) which is usually treated with Flagyl pills/gel or Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) cream. See your doc if your symptoms persist for an exam and testing. ...Read more

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How is a Vaginal yeast infection different than Trichomoniases?

Unrelated: These are two totally unrelated vaginal infections. Yeast is an overgrowth of normally present fungus is the vagina. Trichomoniasis is a protozoan parasite (small bug) that is passed from one person to another during sexual intercourse. ...Read more

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Difference between bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections? And treatment for the bacterial vaginosis?

Difference between bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections? And treatment for the bacterial vaginosis?

Different: Yeast is pretty easy to explain. It is an overgrowth of fungal cells in your vagina. This can cause a thick white discharge and itching. It is very easy to treat and not a serious infection. Bacterial vaginosis is a little trickier. It is an overgrowth of vaginal bacteria which don't particularly belong in the vagina. Increased discharge and odor are the big problems. It is treated with antibiotic. ...Read more

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Causes of vaginal yeast infection?

Causes of vaginal yeast infection?

Overgrowth of yeast: Occurs after antibiotics, or associated with diabetes. Treatable with over the counter products such as gyn lotrimin or micatin (miconazole). ...Read more

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Which Monistat cures yeast infection?

Which Monistat cures yeast infection?

They all do: Check out http://www.Monistat.Com/monistat-products for various monistat options. However, since you're posting your question as a 35yo male, do realize that monistat is intended for vaginal yeast infection, not other types of yeast infection that might occur elsewhere (in men). ...Read more

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Does doxycycline hyclate kill a vaginal yeast infection?

Does doxycycline hyclate kill a vaginal yeast infection?

Just the opposite: Doxycycline has no effect on yeast. In fact, by suppressing normal bacteria, doxy can promote growth of yeasts. If you think you have a yeast infection, for sure don't treat yourself with doxycycline. If you need doxycycline for another reason (chlamydia, for example) and believe you might also have acyeast infection, talk to your doctor about adding anti-yeast treatment. ...Read more

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Contact vulvitis, vaginitis or yeast infection?

Contact vulvitis, vaginitis or yeast infection?

Neither: Contact vulvitis infers an allergic reaction to something involving the vulva. Usually treated with topical steroids. ...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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Can mupirocin ointmentbe used for bacteria vaginosis / yeast infection?

No: It is used mainly for strep or staph skin infections and not effective against the usual bacterial cause of bacterial vaginosis (gardnerella), it also does not treat a yeast or fungal infection, only certain types of bacteria. ...Read more

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Can a BV infection feel a lot like a yeast infection?

Can a BV infection feel a lot like a yeast infection?

Maybe: I hate to be a stick in the mud, but... A bacterial overgrowth more likely causes a vaginal discharge and odor. A yeast overgrowth more likely causes vaginal itching only, without with discharge and odor. There are some otc products, like monostat, that you can try if you think you have a yeast infection causing itching. Otherwise, you may need to see your fp about getting Flagyl for bv. ...Read more

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What happens if u don't cure a yeast infection or bv?

What happens if u don't  cure a yeast infection or bv?

You stay infected: Bv and yeast infections should be treated, so they do not progress into a more serious, possible systemic infection. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between BV and a yeast infection?

What is the difference between BV and a yeast infection?

BV and yeast: Bv is an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina, where the anaerobic bacteria overgrow. The condition can cause an abnormal odor, but can be present with no symptoms. "yeast" is when candida or other yeast organisms overgrow and often causes discharge, itching or irritation. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference from BV or yeast infection?

How do I tell the difference from BV or yeast infection?

BV & yeast infection: Typically, BV gives you a thin, gray vaginal discharge with a bad fishy odor. Candidiasis or yeast infection gives you a thick, white cottage cheese- like vaginal discharge. You should get tested for them to find out what you have as the appearance of your vaginal discharge does not confirm the diagnosis and you could have both or more (trichomonas, chlamydia, gonorrhea, etc.). ...Read more

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Why did i get a yeast infection and then BV all the time?

Why did i get a yeast infection and then BV all the time?

PH imbalances: Yeast or BV infections occur when the vaginal ph changes from it's normal slightly acidic range of 4-4.5. Antibiotics, stress, dietary changes, certain medications can disrupt this balance.This can allow the normal populations of yeast or gardnerella bacteria to overproliferate and cause yeast or bv. Some women have luck using nutritional supplements with acidophilus, probiotics, garlic. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a yeast infection and bv?

See your HCP: The symptoms can frequently be similar for both, but, typically, BV is associated with a foul fishy ordor, a watery discharge that comes and goes, and itching. A yeast infection generally does not have a distinct odor, but may have a thick discharge and itching associated with it. Many times, vaginal dryness is the first indication of a yeast infection. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between BV and a yeast infection?

How can you tell the difference between BV and a yeast infection?

Different symptoms: The symptoms usually are quite different. Yeast is itchy, sometimes with redness of the labia and vaginal opening, with little or no thick, white discharge. There is no odor. BV usually causes strong odor (often perceived as "fishy") and a thin, white or gray discharge, and no itching. It is possible to have both infections at the same time. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment advice. ...Read more

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If that is the case after treating BV should I treat the yeast infection that has over grown ?

If that is the case after treating BV should I treat the yeast infection that has over grown ?

Can treat it: A vaginal yeast infection is caused by candida, which is a fungus. The antibiotic you were taking to treat bacterial vaginosis would not treat this fungus, so it is possible you now have a yeast infection. Typical symptoms are a cottage-cheese like discharge and vaginal itching. If you think you might have a yeast infection, try an over the counter yeast medication. ...Read more

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Should i take out IUD due to chronic BV and yeast infection?

Hard to answer: The iud is a foreign body that is placed in the uterus for birth control. A string for later removal protrudes through the cervix. I have seen recurrent BV infections in iud users. Bv can usually be cured with intravaginal antibiotics and maximizing vaginal ph to 4. A product called rephresh can reset vaginal ph to 4 as can yogurt (placed in the vagina). Do this weekly and see if BV stays away. ...Read more

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What's a good soap to use that doesn't cause yeast infection or BV ?

What's a good soap to use that doesn't cause yeast infection or BV ?

Soap does not: Cause either of those, i rec acidolphilus pills and keep the area as dry as possible. ...Read more

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If I have a yeast infection or BV can my boyfriend get it sexually or orally?

If I have a yeast infection or BV can my boyfriend get it sexually or orally?

No sex for a while: It is possible to acquire an oral yeast infectionby performing oral sex on a partner with genital infection. But BV causes no apparent health problem in male partners, certainly no known oral infection. But you should not be having sex at all, oral or otherwise, until your infection(s) are gone and symptoms cleared up. Doing so will delay and maybe even prevent cure. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Thank you. Ive had BV &a yeast infection twice that i know of at the same time. Could that cause the cluster of bumps as well?

Thank you. Ive had BV &a yeast infection twice that i know of at the same time. Could that cause the cluster of bumps as well?

Warts or herpes?: Neither yeast nor BV would cause a "cluster of bumps". If they are more or less permanent -- i.e. unchanged after more than a few days -- it could be genital warts. If brief and initially blister-like and then sores, herpes is more likely. See a doctor and get it checked out. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is there any home treatments for BV and a yeast infection?

Is there any home treatments for BV and a yeast infection?

Bacterial Vaginosis: Bacterial vaginosis is treated with antibiotics. There are no effective home remedies that can treat the condition, although sometimes it may resolve on its own without treatment. The best thing for you to do is to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can the burning/itching of BV or a yeast infection be intermittent?

Could be: Some amount of yeast as well as bacteria is normal in the vaginal area. As they both wax and wane, the yeast may get heavier and cause symptoms. See your dr. For treatment and hopeful erradication. Best wishes. ...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. Valentin Drezaliu
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Bacterial Infection Of The Vagina (Definition)

A condition where the inside of the vagina is infected with an overgrowth of bacteria, causing an unpleasant odor, ...Read more