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Bacterial Vaginitis.

By Anonymous August 22, 2011 - 8:58pm
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I started showing symptoms about 8 weeks ago, and visited the doctor 6 weeks ago. She treated me with fluconazole twice, and Metronidazole, to no avail. Symptoms did diminish but never fully went away. I'm just finishing up a second round of Metronidazole, and a second culture found a different bacteria. I'm now on my 2nd of 14 days of Sulfamethoxazole, and I'm itchier than ever. My symptoms are itchy and sometimes burning sensations, slight discharge, no odor, and a raw feeling inside. Today I'm noticing anal itchiness as well. I haven't had sex since symptoms began. Could my doctor be misdiagnosing me?

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HI Again. I'm still having symptoms of a yeast infection, It's been somewhere around 14 weeks I think. My family doctor referred me to a gynecologist, who prescribed 3 pills of Diflucan taken every other day for 6 days. It seemed to work, but came back immediately after the last pill wore off. He prescribed another round, again, it seemed to work but came back a day or two after the last diflucan pill. I'm so frustrated and I don't know where to go to next. Suggestions?

September 29, 2011 - 3:28pm

Hi Anon,

Thanks for posting! There are some bacterial infections that can be resistant to drugs. Your doctor can tell what kind of bacteria it is based on your culture results-- very commonly you will have one bacterial infection and then also develop another-- which is probably what happened to you. It doesn't hurt to call your doctor with these new symptoms.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;
the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild;
pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding;
cough, feeling short of breath;
diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
feeling restless or irritable, confusion, hallucinations, seizure;
slow heart rate, weak pulse, severe tingling, numbness, muscle pain or weakness;
nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; or
urinating less than usual or not at all.


Keep us updated,


August 23, 2011 - 7:22am
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Anonymous (reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Thank you! My doctor took me off Sulfamethoxadole and started me on Ciproflxacine, and gave me another dose of diflucan. My symptoms are way way way better, although I don't think I'm 100% yet.

More questions: Is it OK to use the cleansing wipes (like adult baby wipes) after sex, or will that screw up my PH levels? I'd like to avoid this happening again in the future.

Thank you! This website rocks.

August 24, 2011 - 10:20pm
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Hi Anon,

Although your BV may not have been caused by the adult cleansing wipes, sometimes they do more harm than good. Since you shouldn't be having sex during treatment, once you're free of infection you can wash off with mild soap and water instead. It is the cleanest and safest way to avoid an infection.

Here are some more tips to prevent another infection:

Abstain from sex or remain monogamous (have only one sexual partner).
Use condoms during sex.
Do not use douches or feminine sprays.
Visit your doctor for regular pelvic exams.
To avoid a recurrence of bacterial vaginosis, finish all medication prescribed by your doctor, even if the symptoms go away.
Wash diaphragms and other reusable birth control devices thoroughly after use.
Avoid wearing panty hose and other clothing that can trap moisture in the vagina.
After bowel movements, wipe from front to back (away from the vagina).

Best of luck,


August 25, 2011 - 8:57am
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