Bacterial vaginosis and thrush, how much alike are these two vaginal infections. Most infections are alike in many ways bringing similar symptoms, however they’re named differently for a reason this being due to symptoms that are not similar therefore treatments will differ. In answer to the question about bacterial vaginosis and thrush being alike, well they do both affect the vagina, but having said that their symptoms differ due to one being a yeast infection and the other bacterial.
You are not to ignore either of these vaginal infections or expect further issues. To avoid any unnecessary problems you must seek help from your doctor. Infection not treated right away will prolong the healing period where medication has to work harder. You can stop complications simply by acting fast.
Your first experience of having bacterial vaginosis (BV) or thrush, you are not to panic as both infections is common and treatable. These are not conditions where you have to worry about making your will out. Yeast fungus Candida Albicans causes thrush. It is not harmful and lives on the skin. It is vital it stays under control, otherwise the slightest upset can give rise for it to act up and bring infection.
Things that can cause thrush to develop:
1. Pregnancy, don’t let this become a worry it is not harmful to the baby. A doctor would always monitor the pregnant woman who has thrush, and likely prescribe pessaries or cream.
2. Another cause for thrush is down to clothing. Tight garments especially underwear is not good. Loose cool airy fabrics around the genital area helps protect against infection. Ignore synthetics such as nylon it hampers ventilation
3. Antibiotics, sadly you find yourself in a dilemma, so no way of avoiding infection happening. Not every woman taking antibiotics will get thrush. This is just a pointer to say it can happen as a result of antibiotics.
4. Chemotherapy can bring an episode of thrush as well as uncontrolled diabetes, stress and Illness that affects the immune system.
5. Particular products purposely designed for the vagina can cause irritation which in return the outcome is thrush.
- Primary sign of thrush is vaginal or vulva itch
- Anus vagina or vulva redness
- Odourless vaginal discharge (white and thick)
- Burning feeling and soreness during sexual intercourse or urination
- Watery white or greyish discharge
- Smelly discharge (often described as fishy)
- Discomfort when urinating
- Bleeding (not all the time)
- Painful sex
BV differs to the thrush infections commonest symptom that being it does not cause itchiness.
A course of antibiotic tablets usually a 7 day amount (metronidazole), is the typical medication and dosage for treating bacterial vaginosis. It is an antibiotic that does not agree with alcohol. Mixing the two it reacts causing the patient to feel ill. Metronidazole fights bacteria in the body and is a very effective treatment for bacterial infections of the vagina, respiratory tract skin, joints, and stomach. However, not a medicine for clearing vaginal yeast infections and neither viral infections. The good news is BV can disappear by itself without having to see a doctor, but are you willing to take that chance and allow the infection to get worse. Why risk other conditions developing.
Research findings showed that pelvic inflammatory disease as well as HIV could likely be got by women diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. Not like BV or thrush conditions PID and HIV are very serious problems indeed..