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What Can You Take For A Yeast Infection
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
Number of tests: Small scraping of suspected material can be examined on a slide after application of "gram" stain, budding yeast cells will stain purple and have a budding structure.. Potassium hydroxide (koh) test uses sample placed in dilute chemical & examined on a slide, the KOH destroys not yeast cells. Bacterial type culture where sample is placted on a culture medium, +ve has a ripe apple type smell. ...Read more
OTC measures: Vaginal yeast infection? First are you sure that's what it is? If you've had them before and are quite sure, try the otc topical creams like gyne-lotrimin, monistat and such. Avoid the one-day treatments as they they are so strong they can cause ulceration of the vaginal mucosa. If your symptoms do not resolve within five days, see your doc for a sure diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yeast Infections: If it’s your 1st possible yeast infection or you aren’t sure if it’s yeast – see your dr. Some tx options include vaginal cream, ointment or suppository for sev. days (7 to 14 days sometimes). OTC meds include Monistat (miconzole), Vagistat-1 (tioconazole), Femstat (buoconazole), Gyne-Lotrimin or Mycelex( clotrimazole). OTC meds don’t work ? See your Dr. S/he may order Diflucan (fluconazole) (oral antifungal) ...Read more
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No, not effective: Nitrofurantoin (Macrobid®) is not effective against BV. (To my knowledge, it hasn't been studied, but it's entirely the wrong kind of antibiotic and I'm sure it wouldn't work and might make it worse or increase recurrence risk.)The antibiotics of choice for BV are metronidazole (Flagyl® and generics) or tinidazole (Tindamax®), less frequently clindamycin (Cleocin® and generics). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Please see a doctor: Some types of vaginal bacteria are normal, but you really need to see a doctor to see what is causing your infection, & to get the right treatment.This is very important as some infections can spread to other sites and make you very sick. Also please make sure you don't pass this to someone else. I would recommend you avoid sex until you get treated. Most bacterial infections require an antibiotic. ...Read more
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