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Are there practical ways to reduce the odds of recurrent vaginal infections?

Are there practical ways to reduce the odds of recurrent vaginal infections?

There are ways: No douching, reduce/don't use tampons, or excessive cleansing, and use clothing that allows good air-exchange.
Also, don't use antibiotics unless you really have to--antibiotics kill off good bacteria and allow bad ones to grow and cause bv.
Probiotic use may help.
Keep healthy, treat medical condition such as diabetes as best as you can.
Check with your doc regularly
good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
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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 can I address the symptoms of recurrent vaginal infections?

How can I address the symptoms of recurrent vaginal infections?

Medication: A multi-factorial approach is the best. Lifestyle changes (e.g. Limiting practices like recent initiation of douching, moisture prevention, etc...) should also be considered. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Hulse Dr. Hulse
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Recurrent vaginal infections (Tip)

Douching can increase your risk of vaginitis. ...See more

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What are the tests for recurrent vaginal infections?

Culture: Vaginal infections are determined by collecting a sample of vaginal fluid for culture and sending that to a lab that tests for bacteria. ...Read more

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Can intestinal candidiasis cause recurrent vaginal yeast infections and abnormal/painful/irregular bowel movements?

Can intestinal candidiasis cause recurrent vaginal yeast infections and abnormal/painful/irregular bowel movements?

Yes: You need anti candida diet: no sugar, no flour products. Until you get better, also no fruit and no carbohydrates. Eat 1 tbsp of coconut oil with each meal. Eat lots of non starchy vegetables and enough quality protein. Consider betaine hcl with each meal, take it in the middle of the meal. Also take saccharomyces boulardi, which is the yeast against yeast. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Hulse Dr. Hulse
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Recurrent vaginal infections (Tip)

Ask your doctor about vaginitis symptoms before you have tried treating on your own. ...See more

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What is the treatment for recurrent vaginal infections?

Medication: A multi-factorial approach is the best. Lifestyle changes (e.g. Limiting practices like recent initiation of douching, moisture prevention, etc...) should also be considered. ...Read more

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Recurrent vaginal infections (Tip)

When dealing with vaginitis or any vaginal discharge, douching may make it worse. Do not douche! ...See more

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How to avoid recurrent vaginal yeast infection in women with rheumatic fever taking secondary prophylactic antibiotic a lifetime?

How to avoid recurrent vaginal yeast infection in women with rheumatic fever taking secondary prophylactic antibiotic a lifetime?

Probiotics: Our body has more good bacteria than normal cells. Antibiotics destroy the bad as well as these good bacteria. If you have to take antibiotics for life (i have never heard of that for rf) then you must take high quality high dose probiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Hulse Dr. Hulse
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Recurrent vaginal infections (Tip)

Most doctors recommend that you do not treat vaginal symptoms yourself. ...See more

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What are the tests for recurrent vaginal infections?

Culture: Vaginal infections are determined by collecting a sample of vaginal fluid for culture and sending that to a lab that tests for bacteria. ...Read more

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How can I address the symptoms of recurrent vaginal infections?

Medication: A multi-factorial approach is the best. Lifestyle changes (e.g. Limiting practices like recent initiation of douching, moisture prevention, etc...) should also be considered. ...Read more

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Recurrent vaginal infections (Tip)

Don't douche. It can wash the infection up into the uterus and increases the risk of tubal pregnancy. ...See more

Dr. Kevin Fleishman
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Vaginitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the vagina that can result in discharge, itching, and pain. The cause is usually a change in the normal balance of vaginal bacteria or an infection. Reduced estrogen levels after menopause and some skin disorders ...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