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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between Bacterial Vaginosis And A Vaginal Yeast Infection

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Dr. Ira Katz
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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


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I am diagnosed with vaginal yeast infection. Do I have a bacterial vaginosis also?

I am diagnosed with vaginal yeast infection.  Do I have a bacterial vaginosis also?

No: Yeast is a different infection, u can have both sometimes but they are not the same and the treatments are differnent. ...Read more

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What will be the symptoms if i hav both vaginal yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis?[have itching and discharge(white/yellow)sometimes malodorous]

What will be the symptoms if i hav both vaginal yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis?[have itching and discharge(white/yellow)sometimes malodorous]

Itch, odor, discharg: Itching, odor, redness, irritation, inflammation, discomfort and discharge just to name a few symptoms, but you may want to get a culture just to make sure. ...Read more

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I have been fighting a vaginal infection for a year and a half. Been treated for bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection repeatedly. Still not fixed ?

I have been fighting a vaginal infection for a year and a half. Been treated for bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection repeatedly. Still not fixed ?

Frustrating: The key in recurrent cases is to confirm the diagnosis EACH time with testing so that the proper regimens can be prescribed. Here are some options you can ask your Obgyn about. Boric Acid suppositories can help stabilize the pH and prevent the overgrowth of Yeast and BV. Starting Nuvaring continuously helps maintain normal vaginal pH and can also help prevent. See if those help. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection? Signs & symptoms?

How to differentiate between bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection? Signs & symptoms?

Odor and consistency: Bv has bad odor and discharge may be yellowish, and thinner. Yeast doesn't have odor, has white, cottage cheese like discharge and itches. ...Read more

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I have tested positive for bacterial vaginosis but can I have a yeast infection after treatment?

I have tested positive for bacterial vaginosis but can I have a yeast infection after treatment?

Yes.: Check with your treating gyn in follow up to be sure everything has cleared up without secondary infection. ...Read more

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If my vagina doesn't smell fishy, do I have a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis?

Yeast infections: don't usually have a strong fish odor. If you aren't sure of the reason - then it is best to be medically evaluated to correctly identify the dx. ...Read more

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Started treatment for bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection 4 days ago still white clumping. When will it go away. 5day vag. Gel. &pills?

Started treatment for bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection 4 days ago still white clumping.  When will it go away. 5day vag. Gel. &pills?

A few more days: If you are taking the vaginal metronidazole, you're going to continue to have that white clumpy discharge for a few days after you stop the vaginal suppository. ...Read more

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I see to always get a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis is there something wrong with me? Does it come from having sex?

Not from sex: Please see your gyn, but i recommend taking acidolphilus pills and a multi- vitamin everyday which is preventative, a nd you shoudl have a compelte culture to see which bact is causing and yeast and bv( 6 diff ones can cause it bv, 4can cause yeast) it could be rom another type of bacteria and you need to make sure your pap smear is normal and u want to avoid heat and humidity, air and dryness. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis and light yeast infection about 2wks ago.I finished my treatment but green discharge came back.What's wrong?

I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis and light yeast infection about 2wks ago.I finished my treatment but green discharge came back.What's wrong?

Recurrent BV? STD?: BV often recurs, so that's a possibility. However, BV doesn't usually cause colored discharge. Were you tested for STDs, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas? These all are more common in women with BV; make sure your doc does the best tests, including DNA test for trich. Hold off sex, or only with condoms. Keep working with your doctor -- it should be possible to work this out. ...Read more

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I believe my girlfriend might have one of the following. Bacterial vaginosis, uti, yeast infection. What diagnostic tools are used to 100% decide this?

I believe my girlfriend might have one of the following. Bacterial vaginosis, uti, yeast infection. What diagnostic tools are used to 100% decide this?

Proper evaluation: The clinician uses history (review of events), physical exam & whatever lab testing is considered relevant to the previous two factors. That could include a urinalysis & culture,a specimen of vaginal mucous examined in the lab or other tests as guided by the findings. An evaluation for other relevant conditions may also be necessary.Failure to detect & treat the right issue could make her sterile ...Read more

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Can Bacterial Vaginosis or yeast Infection make me loose my baby? I am 26 weeks pregnant

Can Bacterial Vaginosis or yeast Infection make me loose my baby? I am 26 weeks pregnant

Yeast, no, BV, yes: If BV goes untreated, the bacteria can find its' way through the cervix and into the uterus where the baby resides. This is rare because the cervical mucous plug is thick and therefore has anti-bacterial properties when present. Untreated yeast infections can cause thrush in a vaginally delivered baby. ...Read more

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How to differentiate symptoms of bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection? Are there skin reaction at the labia to the infection?

When uncertain -: This should be medically evaluated. A clumpy (cottage cheese- like), white, non- odorous discharge associated w itching, burning, swelling or redness can be due to yeast infections. Bacterial vaginosis can present with a yellowish cloudy, white or gray discharge which has a fish-like odor. If you have a change in color, texture, odor or amount of vaginal discharge ; problems such as pain, itching. ...Read more

Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable ...Read more


Candida (Definition)

Is a type of fungus which normally lives in small amounts on mucus membranes. An overgrowth of candida in the mouth produces a condition called 'thrush'. This is often triggered ...Read more