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Most Common Vaginal Infection
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
Sexually active? If : Yes, do a pregnancy test. Yeast infections can sometimes occur with hormonal changes. Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (birth control) or med conditions. ...Read more
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Yes!: The hormone and weight changes of pregnancy make this a very common opportunity for changes in the bacterial flora of the vagina. This leads to the two most common infections of bacterial change, BV and yeast infections. Luckily both are easily treated by your doctor, np or midwife. ...Read more
Itching / discharge.: Women with vulvovaginal candidiasis (yeast infection) usually experience genital itching, burning, and sometimes a "cottage cheese-like" vaginal discharge. Men with genital candidiasis may experience an itchy rash on the penis. The symptoms of vaginal infection are similar to those of many other genital infections, so it is important to see your doctor if you have any of these symptoms. ...Read more
Too many to name: There are many, many bacterial infections. Every part of your body is subject to bacterial infection, and the fact that you are not sick from infections all the time, that fact that you survive at all, is a testament to how miraculous the immune system is. There are bacteria everywhere you go. Some bacteria are likely to cause infection, most are not. We are surrounded, and yet we survive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Oral candidiasis (thrush), or vaginosis is commonly seen in people treated with antibiotics. Both usually resolve with local treatment. Systemic candidiasis does occur in patients recovering from severe sepsis, but is not "common" outside the ICU except in the immune compromised. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends.: Depends upon who you ask. Various specialty groups make different recommendations, local resistance patterns and patient characteristics may modify the choice. Top three are probably nitrofurantoin, Ciprofloxacin or levofloxacin, and septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). All are potentially good choices. But there are many other good choices. If culture is done antibiotics may be tailored. ...Read more
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