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Doctor insights on: Safe Antibiotics For Bv

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Is it safe to use peroxide for bv? I've already taken 4 courses of antibiotics but it keeps coming back. What r natural ways to treat it? Please help!

Is it safe to use peroxide for bv? I've already taken 4 courses of antibiotics but it keeps coming back. What r natural ways to treat it? Please help!

No: Do not use peroxide in the vagina. Try eating yogurt daily to help with good bacteria. Also talk to your gynecologist about other treatments. There is newer research that BV may be transferred from partners so your sexual partner may need to be treated as well. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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I am 1 month pregnant with BV is there anything safe I can do to limit the symptoms until I am along far enough to use antibiotics?

I am 1 month pregnant with BV is there anything safe I can do to limit the symptoms until I am along far enough to use antibiotics?

Get treated: Most obgyns will still prescribe Metronidazole as the data suggesting risk is very weak. Clindamycin gel is an alternative and there is no controversy regarding its use in early pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is the antibiotic cream for bacterial vaginosis safe to take when 3 or 4 weeks pregnant? I don't want to harm the fetus or cause miscarriage

Is the antibiotic cream for bacterial vaginosis safe to take when 3 or 4 weeks pregnant? I don't want to harm the fetus or cause miscarriage

BV & pregnancy: Hi, BV increases the risk of preterm labor and it's important to be treated, it could be treated with PO Antibiotics or topical Antibiotics like Clindamycin or metronidazol. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics cure bv?

Yes: Flagyl is a commonly used antibiotic that is highly effective in treating bacterial vaginosis. You need a prescription to get it from a pharmacy. ...Read more

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Will BV go away without antibiotic?

See below: It can. It resolves spontaneously in up to 1/3 of non-pregnant women and 1/2 of pregnant women. ...Read more

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Antibiotics makes BV worse y take them?

Antibiotics makes BV worse y take them?

They do not: Bv is a synergistic infection involving gardnerella and a number of other bacteria. Antibiotics do work esp. 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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Recurring bv, should I try a different antibiotic?

Recurring bv, should I try a different antibiotic?

Recurring bv: The recurring BV may be due to your partner. He should also be checked ...Read more

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Was told I have BV taken same antibiotics twice no help been almost 9 months please help me...

Was told I have BV taken same antibiotics twice no help been almost 9 months please help me...

Culture and sensitiy: See your doctor and get a culture which he can send to the lab for culture and sensitivity. In that way you know specifically what antibiotic will be effective. ...Read more

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Can bv spread? If so how and where and what would happen if it does? Also can the antibiotics not work?

Can bv spread? If so how and where and what would happen if it does? Also can the antibiotics not work?

No spread: I think you're asking not whether BV can be spread to another person, but if it can infect other body areasin addition to the vagina. SThe answer is no; it is strictly a vaginal problem. However, women with BV are at elevated risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID, Fallopian tube infection), so get care immediately if you develop low abdominal pain. ...Read more

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When a culture sensitivities test is done for BV which antibiotics are tested? Regular culture came back negative but dr saw symptoms. Not sex active.

When a culture sensitivities test is done for BV which antibiotics are tested? Regular culture came back negative but dr saw symptoms. Not sex active.

Not relevant: I am not aware of a culture sensitivy for bacterial vaginosis as this is an inflammatory condition rather than an identified bacteria that is tested for sensitivities. The treatment is likely to help adjust the pH and flora to regularized the conditions in your vagina and bring you reflief ...Read more

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I don't want to use antibiotics for my bv. I've now used them twice but it only comes back. I really want something natural? Are there reliable DIY's?

I don't want to use antibiotics for my bv. I've now used them twice but it only comes back. I really want something natural? Are there reliable DIY's?

Probiotics: In theory, a probiotic with Lactobacillus could help prevent bacterial vaginosis and some women swear by them, but they usually don't help. Vaginal metronidazole (MetroGel) or boric acid capsules often are effective. Some people would consider boric acid more natural than metronidazole, an antibiotic. OTOH, all antibiotics are natural (produced in nature), sometimes with minor chemic changes. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with BV and have not started my antibiotics yet.....What will happen if I don't take antibiotics?

I was diagnosed with BV and have not started my antibiotics yet.....What will happen if I don't take antibiotics?

Worsening: Shows you are male--can cause worsening urethritis (=pain), spread to other structures (prostate/epididymus/bladder) w/more pain.
If female--can spread w/worsening pelvic infection & possible impact on future fertility. You did the crime, now do the time (it should only be 10-14 days) on abx. ...Read more

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I'm resistant to metro and took 1g 5days of tinidazole for BV it didn't work, is it because both antibiotics are similar?

I'm resistant to metro and took 1g 5days of tinidazole for BV it didn't work, is it because both antibiotics are similar?

Get rechecked: Should help. Sometimes Bacterial vaginosis is difficult to treat. Other antibiotics or repeat testing can be done by your doctor to ensure the best treatment. ...Read more

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Every time I use lube, my BV flares up. I don't want to always have to rely on antibiotics. Is there anything else I can do?

Every time I use lube, my BV flares up. I don't want to always have to rely on antibiotics. Is there anything else I can do?

Use pro biotics: I recommend Rephresh Pro B. one a day for 2 weeks, then one twice a week for maintenance.

Also, depending on the lube, that should not cause B V, and constantly taking antibiotics is unhealthy.

If you need a lubricant, try olive oil or coconut oil. ...Read more

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On third day of oral antibiotics for BV. Still have discharge. Is this normal? How long will it take for discharge to clear up?

On third day of oral antibiotics for BV. Still have discharge. Is this normal? How long will it take for discharge to clear up?

Complete antibiotics: Once you have completed the full course of antibiotics then check for the presence of the discharge or not. ...Read more

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Hi I was diagnosed with BV and I'm taking my antibiotics and there's a really embarrassing onion smell that just won't leave. What can I do?

Hi I was diagnosed with BV and I'm taking my antibiotics and there's a really embarrassing onion smell that just won't leave. What can I do?

BV has odor: BV is known for its bad odor, and fortunately, you are already on treatment, which should help in a few days. Vaginal rinse or douching is not recommended, as it makes it more difficult for your body to establish an environment of friendly bacteria. Be assured that the odor is more noticeable to you, especially with toileting. If you do not get resolution, return to your doctor for alternate Rx ...Read more

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I was on antibiots for BV I wasn't taking then at the same time I kept forgetting finished the antibiotic but today I noticed a really fishy smell?

I was on antibiots for BV I wasn't taking then at the same time I kept forgetting finished the antibiotic but today I noticed a really fishy smell?

Untreated BV: If you are still having a fishy smell it is a sign that the BV has not been adequately treated. Call your doctor and tell them what happened and they may call in another round of antibiotics. If not you may need to be seen again in the office. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with BV 11/18 took the antibiotics and was clear but started having thick brown frosting like discharge since 11/27 and it hasn't stop

I was diagnosed with BV 11/18 took the antibiotics and was clear but started having thick brown frosting like discharge since 11/27 and it hasn't stop

Other infection?: Any abnormal, new, or unexplained vaginal discharge should be professionally evaluated. BV is often triggered by other infections, especially STDs, and colored discharge often goes along with infection. Return to the doctor who diagnosed and treated your BV. Good luck! ...Read more

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Should I use rephresh gel while in antibiotics for bv?

No: In general douches can cause vaginal problems. Do not recommend douching while being treated for BV. ...Read more

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How can I soothe itching and burning from bv? I just started antibiotic

How can I soothe itching and burning from bv? I just started antibiotic

Confirm BV diagnosis: Bacterial vaginosis generally does not cause itching, burning, or irritation -- typically just vaginal odor with a little or moderate white/gray discharge. Itching/irritaiton suggestions something else, like yeast. It's possible to have BV plus yeast or other probems simultaneously. Clarify diagnosis and best treatment with your doctor. ...Read more

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Antibiotics doesn't work for my issue with bv. Is there another option to get rid of it for good? Is there really a cure?

Antibiotics doesn't work for my issue with bv. Is there another option to get rid of it for good? Is there really a cure?

Several approaches: Bv can be caused by several things. Try this under the guidance of a physician. Be abstinent. Limit the number of sex partners after treatment. Do not douche.
Use all of the medicine prescribed for treatment of bv, even if the signs and symptoms go away. It seems you have tried the metronidazole. Perhaps have your physician switch to Clindamycin and give that a try. Eat as healthy as possible. ...Read more

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Was prescribed flagy 500 x2/7 and flucunazole 150 for BV and yeast after taking swab. Can I take together or wait till I finish the antibiotic?

Was prescribed flagy 500 x2/7 and flucunazole 150 for BV and yeast after taking swab. Can I take together or wait till I finish the antibiotic?

Take them together: If the swab said you have both BV and Yeast, you can take the Flagyl and Diflucan (fluconazole) at the same time. You may have to take a second dose of Diflucan (fluconazole) a week later as Flagyl kills the BV allowing yeast to overgrow. ...Read more

Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
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Bacterial Infection Of The Vagina (Definition)

A condition where the inside of the vagina is infected with an overgrowth of bacteria, causing an unpleasant odor, ...Read more