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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, 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

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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, vaginal discharge, or fever.


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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

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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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

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Treating Vaginitis (Tip)

Treating Vaginitis

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

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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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

Dr. Lydia Collins
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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)

The suffix "itis" means inflammation. The "vagin" portion refers to the vagina, so it is inflammation of the vagina. Usually (almost always) this inflammation is due to infection, and there are several different causes for infections of this ...Read more


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