vaginal infections

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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, vaginal discharge, or fever.
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Dr. Ziad Akl answered:

What causes vaginal infections?

Several causes

Bacterial_infections
Vaginal infections can be caused by a variety of organisms. The most common is yeast. Other causes include bacteria (Bacterial Vaginosis), Trichomonas, and herpes.
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Symptoms of vaginal infections?

Discharge

Vaginitis
That is abnormal , foul smell, pain, bumps or sores that have not been there before.
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Do vaginal infections affect fertility?

STDs

STDs can affect fertility, however bacterial vaginosis or yeast which are the most common vaginal infections do not
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How do they test for vaginal infections?

Culture

Vaginal_infections
Vaginal infections are determined by collecting a sample of vaginal fluid for culture and sending that to a lab that tests for bacteria.
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Dr. Michael Swor answered:

What are some common vaginal infections?

Vaginitis

Vaginitis
The most common vaginal infections are yeast/candidal, Bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis (trich) and atrophic vaginitis. An exam and simple testing can tell what is causing a vaginal infection or if it is something else.
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Dr. Douglas Lawson answered:

can hemorroids cause vaginal infections?

Not directly.

Vaginitis
Many vaginal infections actually come from bacteria and yeast from the anal region. For example Bacterial vaginosis bacterial usually come from the rectum. The most common bacteria causing UTI's, E. Coli, same source. So, women with hemorrhoids and those without often times have the same bacterial and yeast infection issues. Its more of the region as the source.
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Dr. David L. Finke answered:

Why do I keep getting vaginal infections?

Change in pH

Vaginitis
Many things change the pH of the vagina. This change can inhibit or prohibit the growth of your body's normal bacteria. Without this normal bacteria, yeast and/or bacterial overgrowths can occur and cause vaginitis. I like probiotics for maintenance, but see your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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Dr. Theodore Caspe answered:

Are all vaginal infections self-treatable?

No

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Some yeast infections may respond to OTC antifungals. If they dont respond then your doctor will prescribe a stronger antifungal either a cream or pill. Bacterial vaginosis and trichomonas needs to be treated with antibiotics.
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Dr. Dan E. Fisher answered:

Does pain accompany all vaginal infections?

No

Vaginal_infections
Symptoms of vaginal infection are as diverse as the organisms that cause them. Syphilis, HPV, or gonorrhea may produce no symptoms at all. Others such as yeast or bacteria may produce a discharge, odor and itching or irritation. Pain is not commonly associated with vaginal infection but could be seen with Herpes virus or if more localized with an abcess due to typical bacteria.
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What causes vaginal infections besides MEN?

Antibiotics

Vaginal_infections
Basically anything that can potentially alter the vaginal flora/environment (e.g. Douching, moisture, diet, weight changes, etc...) can precipitate an infection.
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