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Doctor insights on: Bv Versus Yeast Infection

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Dr. Ira Katz
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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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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?

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?

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

Yeast (Definition)

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


Candida (Definition)

Is a type of fungus which normally lives in small amounts on mucus membranes. An overgrowth of candida in the mouth produces a condition called 'thrush'. This is often triggered ...Read more