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Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Why am I frequently getting bacterial vaginosis? It comes right back, or never goes away after taking antibiotics. Could there be an underlying issue?

Why am I frequently getting bacterial vaginosis? It comes right back, or never goes away after taking antibiotics. Could there be an underlying issue?

Recurrent BV...: ...is common, difficult, often very frustrating for both patient & doc. BV is not necessarily an STD, but sex often triggers it and consistent condoms sometimes help. Treating male partners doesn't help, but female partners for sure need Rx. Vaginal metronidazole (MetroGel®) or boric acid vaginal capsules may help. If your doc is unfamiliar with these, find a gyn with interest in infections. ...Read more

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When using canesbalance bacterial vaginosis gel, can you drink alcohol?

When using canesbalance bacterial vaginosis gel, can you drink alcohol?

Yes, you can. I: Don't see any contraindication to using this product and interaction with alcohol. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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When taking antibiotics for chlamydia and bacterial vaginosis if I vomit will the antibiotics still work?

When taking antibiotics for chlamydia and bacterial vaginosis if I vomit will the antibiotics still work?

It depends...: ...on how soon you vomit after each dose. Within 30 minutes, treatment may not work. After a half hour, usually enough antibiotic is retained or has been absorbed to still be effective. If both doxycycline and metronidazole, don't take them together and take both with food. Avoid alcohol. Also, azithromycin 1 dose can replace doxycycline. Discuss all this with the doctor or clinic treating you. ...Read more

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I recently have been taking antibiotics to cure a bacterial vaginosis infection and a bladder infection and it has given me a watery stool and now I have a sore behind with little red bumps how can this be cured and is it for sure from the antibiotics?

I recently have been taking antibiotics to cure a bacterial vaginosis infection and a bladder infection and it has given me a watery stool and now I have a sore behind with little red bumps how can this be cured and is it for sure from the antibiotics?

Probably: Diarrhea should improve now antibiotics xed, if not seek help.
The behind is sore from fungus /candida probably 2 ary to antibitiocs. Will improve. Keep area dry after your daily shower, use hairdryer (not on hot) and s prinkling of baby or antifungal powder
Should go, if not seek medical advice. ...Read more

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How long should I let bacterial vaginosis go before taking an antibiotic?

How long should I let bacterial vaginosis go before taking an antibiotic?

Why wait??: Bv is a synergistic infection involving gardnerella and a number of other bacteria. It is treated with Metronidazole oral or intravaginal treatment. Tinidazole and Clindamycin are alternatives. Oral and intravaginal probiotics containing lactobacilli can help. If you have this condition I see no advantage in delaying treatment. ...Read more

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I have re-occurring bacterial vaginosis. I'm always prescribed Flagyl but it doesn't seem to help. What is a good antibiotic and ways to prevent it?

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I have re-occurring bacterial vaginosis. I'm always prescribed Flagyl but it doesn't seem to help. What is a good antibiotic and ways to prevent it?

Chronic problems: May warrant an evaluation by a vaginitis specialist. If hygiene modification and Flagyl gel or pill has not been working, then their expertise may be needed. Make sure infection has been ruled out. Your doctor can also check for ureaplasma and mycoplasma to see if these organisms are present. The treatment is different. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have bacterial vaginosis. I got an antibiotic from my doctor, but I have been eating yogurt and it has been helping. Should I still take the antibiotic?

I have bacterial vaginosis. I got an antibiotic from my doctor, but I have been eating yogurt and it has been helping. Should I still take the antibiotic?

I: I would ask the doctor who prescribed it. There are some serious bacterial infections. Regular yogurt has predominantly dead cultures. To get good probiotic levels think of kefir, greek yogurt and otc probiotics. ...Read more

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My doctor told me I had bacterial vaginosis she gave me an antibiotic that I had to take every 12 hours when I went back I still had it. I'm confused?

Bacterial vaginosis: Without knowing how you were treated and whether your sexual partner was simultaneously given an antibiotic topically on his penis the best thing to do is to discuss this with your doctor. Although not truly a std this can be given back to you by organisms resident on your partner's penis. ...Read more

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How to prevent bacterial vaginosis? I don't take sit down baths or hav unprotected sex. Hav 1 partner. Wipe front-back, use dove soap only. Tried antibiotic

How to prevent bacterial vaginosis? I don't take sit down baths or hav unprotected sex. Hav 1 partner. Wipe front-back, use dove soap only. Tried antibiotic

Imbalance: Bacterial vaginosis is an imbalance between the normal bacterial and fungal components of the flora of the vagina. Usually, it is due to something that changes the ph of the vagina, most particularly douching. Some women are more prone to it than others, and you should see your physician for an exam and treatment plan. ...Read more

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Is the antibiotic cream for bacterial vaginosis safe to take when 3 or 4 weeks pregnant? I don't want to harm the fetus or cause miscarriage

Is the antibiotic cream for bacterial vaginosis safe to take when 3 or 4 weeks pregnant? I don't want to harm the fetus or cause miscarriage

BV & pregnancy: Hi, BV increases the risk of preterm labor and it's important to be treated, it could be treated with PO Antibiotics or topical Antibiotics like Clindamycin or metronidazol. ...Read more

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What would happen if I drank alcohol on my 5th day of antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis?

What would happen if I drank alcohol on my 5th day of antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis?

Transient enjoyment: Social drinking has no negative effect on the medications used for this and most other conditions. ...Read more

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Why am I frequently getting bacteria vaginosis? It comes right back, or never goes away after taking antibiotics. Could there be an underlying issue?

Different problems: YOu may have an infection that has not been cured. You should follow up with your doctor and be checked after treatment to make sure the infection is gone. You may be getting reinfected. So the first step it ot make sure the infection is gone after treatment. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. Took 7 day 2 a day metronidazole pills. Still have burning but cant get to the doctor cause of period. What do I d?

Diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. Took 7 day 2 a day metronidazole pills. Still have burning but cant get to the doctor cause of period. What do I d?

Vaginitis: Call your doctor anyway. There are some types of BV that are becoming more resistant to treatment and may benefit with a course of a different antibiotic. On the other hand, it is also possible that you already had something that wasn't checked before starting treatment.
Could you have an STI/ STD? Could you have a UTI now? BV rarely burns, usually just odor and discharge. ...Read more

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If I'm on antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis from a light growth am I still at risk for preterm labour?

If I'm on antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis from a light growth am I still at risk for preterm labour?

It depends.: Bacterial vaginitis is associated with preterm labor. Once treated, however, this risk factor for preterm labor is reduced. It is possible however, that you may have other risk factors for preterm labor. ...Read more

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What are std`s and what are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?

What are std`s and what are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?

Multiple: Std's or sexually transmitted diseases, are diseases transmitted through sexual contact. Examples are gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, hiv, hepatitis c, genital warts, and genital herpes. Bacterial vaginosis is a condition caused by an overabundance of anaerobic bacteria in the vagina. Symptoms can include a watery, foul or fishy smelling discharge and/or vaginal irritation. ...Read more

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Can taking amoxicillin for a UTI cause bacterial vaginosis if I've had it before?

Can taking amoxicillin for a UTI cause bacterial vaginosis if I've had it before?

Yes.: A lot of things can upset the ph of the vagina. Antibiotics definitely can do that too. Go to your doc for a checkup and they will see if you need additional treatment and what type of treatment that should be. ...Read more

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How long do I need to wait before having sex after taking fluconazole for bacterial vaginosis? What do you suggest?

How long do I need to wait before having sex after taking fluconazole for bacterial vaginosis? What do you suggest?

BV or yeast?: Fluconazole is used for yeast infections and does not treat bacterial vaginosis; BV usually is treated with metronidazole by mouth. Whichever infection you have and treatment given, it's best to wait until symptoms have cleared up before resuming sex. If sex is otherwise inevitable, for sure use a condom. Sounds like you should recheck with the doctor about your diagnosis and best treatment. ...Read more

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I have bacterial vaginosis. I was prescribed metronidazole for 7 days. Tomorrow would be my last day. I feel awful. Can I safely stop taking them?

Finish them: Flagyl (metronidazole) often makes people feel queasy, hang in there and finish them - you're nearly done. The risk of stopping early is treatment failure. Good wishes. ...Read more

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I have bacterial vaginosis what is the damage it causes for not being treated for a longuyen time I am now taking metronidazole to treat the bacteria?

Uncomfortable: Bv is a common vaginal infection that causes vaginal pain and itching, and it usually has an odor. There are no long term problems with BV itself if left untreated, but, you should probably be checked for at least chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonas. ...Read more

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Will taking vitamins and eating yogurt daily cure and prevent bacterial vaginosis?

Will taking vitamins and eating yogurt daily cure and prevent bacterial vaginosis?

It can help prevent: It but not cure it once you have it u need antibiotics either vaginal cream, vagina supp or oral pills, the yogurt must have active acidophilus cultures or u can get acidolphilus pills at any drugstore or probiotics but u must take them every day also heat and humidity in the vulva- vaginal area contribute to vaginosis, air and dryness are good. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. I've taken baths with my daughter. Could she get it from me from the bathwater or taking a bath with me?

I've been diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. I've taken baths with my daughter. Could she get it from me from the bathwater or taking a bath with me?

Unlikely to happen: The labia majora of infants keep the vaginal opening functionally closed during most activities. The chances of her getting anything from you are minimal and any material you drain into the bath water is likely inactive within minutes anyway. ...Read more

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I had been smelling a fishy smell from my vagina and so I started taking a probiotic and now I don't smell it anymore. Was it bacterial vaginosis?

Maybe: But that is only a guess. Bacterial vaginosis is an overgrowth rather than a true infection and probiotics can help by introducing more normal bacteria to counteract the less pleasant BV ones. ...Read more

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I have IBS and BV (bacterial vaginosis) problems. I'm taking Enzymatic Therapy Pearls Elite and Pearls YB. All together 6 Billion CFU's. Is this okay?

Yes: Definitely lactobaccilli (which is the predominant bacteria in this medication you are taking) is great to try and replace the BV. I haven't heard that you can take too much, any extra just get pooped away. Have you taken metronidazole as well for the bacteria vaginosis? That's the mainstay of treatment for that. Rarely cleocin (clindamycin phosphate). Eliminating sugars from diet can also sometimes help. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
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Bacterial Infection Of The Vagina (Definition)

A condition where the inside of the vagina is infected with an overgrowth of bacteria, causing an unpleasant odor, ...Read more