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How do I know if I have a infection on my vagina?

How do I know if I have a infection on my vagina?

Infection sxs.: Hello. Possible indicators of a vaginal infection include: odor, discharge, redness, itching, pain or discomfort with urination. If you have not been treated for these symptoms previously, then evaluation by your gynecologist or family doctor would be helpful. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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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 do I know if I have some type of infection in my vagina? I tend to smell down there even after washing it. Also, what should I use to wash it?

How do I know if I have some type of infection in my vagina? I tend to smell down there even after washing it. Also, what should I use to wash it?

Bacterial vaginosis?: Strong vaginal odor usually means bacterial vaginosis, an overgrowth of mostly normal bacteria. Odor often worse after sex. STDs possible if at risk; from the topic tags you chose, you're awre of this. Treatment is a prescription antibiotic, so get care ASAP for diagnosis, STD testing, and Rx. OK to wash genital area with soap and water, but do not douche, which is unhealthy and makes BV worse. ...Read more

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How would you distinguish between a new versus a chronic infection in your vagina?

How would you distinguish between a new versus a chronic infection in your vagina?

Timing is everything: If it is your first time, and you have new symptoms that you have not had before, then it is a new problem. If you have had similar symptoms in the past and you have been treated for the same thing in the past, then it is chronic. To make matters more complicated, between new (acute) and chronic, there is sub-acute. Either way, it is time for you to call your doctor! ...Read more

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What shall I do if I have a yeast infection in my vagina?

What shall I do if I have a yeast infection in my vagina?

Monstat: You can start with over the counter monostat. Avoid tight fitted clothing, take probiotics, change out of wet clothes immediately, and do not douche. If infection persists, consult you doctor for stronger treatment and to confirm yeast infection. ...Read more

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I have a friend that maybe has infection in her vagina and she said even after she bathe she has some white thing in her panty. What can help?

I have a friend that maybe has infection in her vagina and she said even after she bathe she has some white thing in her panty. What can help?

Yeast infection: She should see a gynecologist to make sure she does not have a yeast infection in her vagina. This can be easily treated. If she has been on antibiotics recently this can be one cause. ...Read more

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Can an infection in the vagina cause you to bleed dark brown blood for two days?

Can an infection in the vagina cause you to bleed dark brown blood for two days?

Not usually.: Dark brown blood can occur for many reasons other than infection. Usually an infection is associated with other symptoms such as: -foul smelling discharge -profuse watery, discharge -pain with sex -severe itching Any unusual bleeding should be investigated with a pregnancy test if pregnancy is possible. I hope this helps! Dr. Angevine ...Read more