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Bacterial Vaginosis is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina due to a change in vaginal pH. It can cause: (1) a thin, watery, sometimes gray discharge, (2) fishy odor, and/or (3) vulvar itching or burning. There are several risk factors which include, but are not limited to, scented soaps/body washes, and menstrual cycles.
Vaginitis is any condition with symptoms including abnormal vaginal discharge, odor, irritation, itching, or burning. Both, vaginal yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis, represent a type of vaginitis. Yeast infections tends to have a thick, white, cottage cheese like discharge with itching and no odor.
Because bacterial vaginosis is due to a bacterial overgrowth, an antibiotic is used as treatment. The antibiotic can be taken by mouth or placed directly in the vagina. The duration of treatment varies depending on the medication, but it is usually 7 days. Complicated bacterial vaginosis infections will labs to attempt to determine the specific bacteria that is present and the appropriate treatment.
What causes Bacterial Vaginosis?
How do I tell the difference between a Bacterial Vaginosis and a Vaginal Yeast Infection?
How do you treat Bacterial Vaginosis?
Please contact your physician to discuss treatment if you:
are under the age of 18