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Dr. Timothy Brown
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Vaginal Infections (Overview)

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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Does pain accompany all vaginal infections?

Does pain accompany all vaginal infections?

No: 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. ...Read more

Dr. Timothy Brown
478 Doctors shared insights

Vaginal Infections (Overview)

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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What are the symptoms of vaginal infections and how can I address them?

What are the symptoms of vaginal infections and how can I address them?

Itching, odor: The most common symptoms are vaginal itching, odor and discharge. It is best to be seen by a woman's health provider, get an exam to diagnose the cause and have treatment specific to the exact cause of the infection. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Hulse Dr. Hulse
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Vaginal infections (Tip)

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

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Treating Vaginitis (Checklist)

Use condoms
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Cut down on sugary foods
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Exercise daily
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Is a white, creamy discharge a sign of a yeast vaginal infection?

Is a white, creamy discharge a sign of a yeast vaginal infection?

Vag discharge: The type of discharge is typical usually of one or the other infection but not diagnostic. You would need a vaginal culture and other tests to confirm what is the nature of infection and treat accordingly. ...Read more

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Are infectious disease drs qualified to diagnose vaginal infections? I saw dozens of OB/GYNs & they don’t have the knowledge. I was only misdiagnosed

Are infectious disease drs qualified to diagnose vaginal infections? I saw dozens of OB/GYNs & they don’t have the knowledge. I was only misdiagnosed

Be aware: If multiple OB/GYN's haven't been able to identify your issue from a vaginal perspective, it's very possible that an infectious disease specialist may not provide you any better input. I just want you to be prepared that doctors don't have the answer for everything. Best of luck. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Hulse Dr. Hulse
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Vaginal infections (Tip)

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

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Maintaining Vaginal Health (Checklist)

Wear clean, dry, breathable underwear
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Shower daily
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Do not wear a wet bathing suit after swimming for an extended period
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Maintain good nutrition to ensure good pH balance
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How do they test for vaginal infections?

How do they test for 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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What are the tests for recurrent vaginal infections?

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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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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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
Daily
Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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How do you know if you have a vaginal infection and what can you do to make it better without going to a doctor?

Yeast infection?: Vaginal itching and a cottage cheese-like discharge could be signs of a vaginal yeast infection. You can try using over the counter yeast infection medication (like miconazole) if you have these symptoms. If the symptoms persist after this treatment, or if you are experiencing any pain, it should be evaluated by a doctor since it could mean a different diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Hulse Dr. Hulse
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Vaginal infections (Tip)

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

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels with hot water separately
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I have been noticing white discharge since many months though m v particular about my private parts hygeine. Does this mean vaginal infection?

Infection?: This could be, as it seems to be a change for you. If there is a strong odor, this also increases the possibility of infection. Either way, it would be wise to see a health care practitioner to be evaluated to see if treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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Is it possible that Ampiclox be used to treat vaginal infection in nigeria?

Is it possible that Ampiclox be used to treat vaginal infection in nigeria?

There are many: Different causes for vaginal infections. The type of infection needs to be identified before any medication recommendations can be made. ...Read more

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Vaginal infections (Tip)

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

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
Daily
Dr. Mark Pack
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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


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