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How do you get infected with bacterial vaginitis?

How do you get infected with bacterial vaginitis?

Unknown: Bv is an imbalance in the bacteria that are normally found in the vagina. The cause is not fully understood. Although not sexually transmitted, it is associated with activities that may disrupt the natural balance. For example, douching or having multiple sexual partners. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Fleishman
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Vaginitis (Definition)

The suffix "itis" means inflammation. The "vagin" portion refers to the vagina, so it is inflammation of the vagina. Usually (almost always) this inflammation is due to infection, and there are several different causes for infections of this ...Read more


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Could a female get bacterial vaginitis from a noncircumcised male?

Could a female get bacterial vaginitis from a noncircumcised male?

Not usually: Women seldom get yeast or non specific bacterial vaginal infections from their partners. The exceptions are gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichamonis and then the circumcised status is immaterial. ...Read more

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What causes a person to get bacterial vaginitis?

What causes a person to get bacterial vaginitis?

Bacteria : These happens when the balance in normal bacteria is disrupted. Decrease in lactobacilli which produces hydrogen peroxide which helps kills other bacteria is outgrown. This usually happens when there is a change in the vaginal environment. ...Read more

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How long should it take for my bacterial vaginitis to get better from the oral clindamycin?

How long should it take for my bacterial vaginitis to get better from the oral  clindamycin?

A few days: Usually if it is not resisitent, but i never use oral Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) in my pts as that can cause a lot of bowel problems , vaginal Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) gel or vag Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) vag supp are much safer and usually just as effective, if it doesn't go away u need a culture by a good lab as there are 6 diff bact that can cause BV and there are a lot of other ones that can cause vaginal discharges, including some of the stdones. ...Read more

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I think I have bacterial vaginitis. I can't get to the doctor for a couple days. Will it be ok to wait?

I think I have bacterial vaginitis. I can't get to the doctor for a couple days. Will it be ok to wait?

Yes: This is an overgrowth of certain bacteria which is usually associated with a thin watery discharge and odor. If that is what you have, having to wait a few days to see your doctor would not cause any problems, but i see them as soon as you can. ...Read more

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I get so many bacterial vaginitis infections back to back. I'm not sexually active at the moment why is this happening ?

I get so many bacterial vaginitis infections back to back. I'm not sexually active at the moment why is this happening ?

ConsultG.Y.N.doctor: Having repeated bacterial vaginitis may be due to incomplete treatment or repeated exposure tp infection due to bad hygiene .Your doctor may suggest to take test -to find out what type of bacterial infection and what specific antibiotic to be prescribed to get rid of infection ...Read more

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Could taking probiotics help get rid of bacterial vaginitis?? Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) is helping but I'm almost done with it and still have symptoms

Could taking probiotics help get rid of bacterial vaginitis??  Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) is helping but I'm almost done with it and still have symptoms

See below: Bv is a synergistic infection involving gardnerella and a number of other, anaerobic bacteria. It is treated with Metronidazole oral or intravaginal. Tinidazole and Clindamycin are alternatives. Oral and intravaginal probiotics containing lactobacilli can help. Recurrent disease is related to colonization of your sex partner, inconsistant condom use and is halved with estrogen contraceptives. ...Read more

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What are the typical symptoms of bacterial vaginitis?

What are the typical symptoms of bacterial vaginitis?

Odor, discharge: A "fishy" odor is the single most diagnostic symptom of bv, usually accompanied by a thin greyish white discharge. It does not usually cause itching or irritation. It may be more noticeable after sex. Many women have BV but have no symptoms at all. ...Read more

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What causes bacterial vaginitis and how do you treat it?

What causes bacterial vaginitis and how do you treat it?

Let me help: Bv is associated with an imbalance in the bacteria that are normally found in a woman's vagina. The vagina normally contains mostly "good" bacteria, and fewer harmful bacteria. Bv develops when there is an increase in harmful bacteria. Bv is treatable with antibiotics prescribed by a health care provider. Two different antibiotics are recommended as treatment for bv: Metronidazole or clindamycin. ...Read more

Dr. Timothy Brown
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Vaginal Infections (Definition)

Vaginal infections is a term for any infection affecting the vagina and can be caused by yeast or bacteria, and may be sexually transmitted. They may result in pain, ...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