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What Is Scabies?

Scabies describes a parasitic infestation of the skin. It occurs when you come in contact with Sarcoptes scabiei, a small skin mite. Scabies mites are invisible to the naked eye and can burrow beneath the skin, leading to a rash that looks like one or a cluster of pimples and…

What Are the Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis?

Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis include burning during urination, vaginal itching, burning, or pain, a thin discharge that looks gray, green, or white , and a fishy odor. This odor is especially noticeable after sex. However, some women may have bacterial vaginosis and not experience any symptoms. What Is Bacterial Vaginosis?…

How Do You Prevent Bacterial Vaginosis?

You can decrease your risk for bacterial vaginosis by taking steps to protect the balance of bacteria in the vagina. Bacterial vaginosis occurs when there’s not enough lactobacilli in the vagina. This causes the vagina to become less acidic, which will in turn allow potentially harmful bacteria to grow. Preventing…

What Is the Treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) can sometimes go away without treatment, but if you have persistent symptoms you should speak to your medical provider about getting antibiotics for BV. The antibiotics usually prescribed to treat BV are metronidazole or clindamycin. There are some potential risks to leaving BV untreated, so don’t ignore…

How Do You Get Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis occurs when the level of lactobacillus bacteria in your vagina drops too low. You need this healthy bacteria to keep other more harmful forms of bacteria in check. What Causes Bacterial Vaginosis? There are many things that can change the pH balance in your vagina. Bacterial vaginosis typically…

What’s the Difference Between a Yeast Infection and a UTI?

A yeast infection is a type of vaginitis, which affects the vulva and vagina, while a urinary tract infection (UTI) affects the bladder and urethra. Though these conditions occur in different areas of the body, they are close enough that one might be mistaken for the other if you don’t…

Can Men Get a Yeast Infection?

Yes, men can get yeast infections. Though yeast infections are less common in men than in women, they can occur if there is an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans on the body. Candida is very common. You probably have a small amount on your skin, in your digestive tract,…

How Do You Prevent a Yeast Infection?

You can’t always prevent yeast infections, but you can decrease your chances of getting them by practicing good vaginal hygiene, avoiding irritating products, wearing the right clothing, and taking care of your health. Mindful habits will help your body maintain a healthy balance of Candida in the vagina and avoid…

What Is the Treatment for a Yeast Infection?

Yeast infections are typically easy to treat with an antifungal suppository or cream. Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans in the vagina. Treatments focus on reducing this yeast and restoring the delicate balance of bacteria that’s found here. What Over-the-Counter Treatments are Available for…

How Do You Get a Yeast Infection?

You get a yeast infection when you experience an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans in the vagina. The vagina naturally contains a small amount of Candida balanced with a bacteria known as lactobacillus. When there’s an imbalance, you can experience a yeast infection. What Increases the Chance of Getting…

What Are the Symptoms of a Yeast Infection?

Common symptoms of a yeast infection include itching and burning of the vagina and vulva and a white discharge that can resemble cottage cheese. Yeast infections are very common, as about 75% of women get at least one infection at some point in their lives and about half…

What Is a Yeast Infection?

Yeast infections are overgrowths of the fungus Candida that can affect various parts of the body but commonly occur in the vagina. Candida and other microorganisms often live in the vagina in tolerable numbers. When something triggers those numbers to increase, however, you can experience an infection. Signs of a Yeast Infection The most…

Are There Home Remedies That Treat UTIs?

Home remedies such as drinking cranberry juice and taking probiotics can help treat mild urinary tract infections (UTIs). However, antibiotics are the fastest and easiest treatment for these infections. Why Use Home Remedies Some people prefer taking home remedies rather than antibiotics to avoid perpetuating antibiotic resistance or because they…

How Long Does a UTI Last?

The symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) go away within a couple of days of starting treatment with antibiotics. Only rarely does the infection clear up on its own, and if left untreated, it can become more serious and spread to your kidneys or bloodstream. The Signs of a…

What Is the Treatment for a UTI?

You can treat urinary tract infections (UTIs) quickly and easily with antibiotics prescribed by your healthcare provider. Sometimes the infection will clear up on its own, but most of the time you’ll need to take medication to prevent it from spreading and becoming more serious. How Do You Know You…

How Do You Get a UTI?

You can get a urinary tract infection (UTI) when bacteria or, less commonly, yeast enter and multiply within the urinary system. The infection occurs most commonly in the urethra and bladder but can spread to the kidneys if left untreated. Women are 30 times more likely to get…

What Are the Symptoms of a UTI?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) cause symptoms of pain and inflammation in the affected area of the urinary system. The infection occurs most commonly in the bladder but can also affect the urethra, ureters, and kidneys. People of any age or gender can get a UTI, but they’re …

What Is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common but treatable infection of any part of the urinary system. It’s the second most common infection of the body. People of any age or gender can get UTIs, but women are 30 times more likely to get…

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