Bacterial vaginosis, or BV for short, is aninfection of the vagina that develops when the normal balance of vaginal bacteria isdisrupted. BV is the most common vaginal infectionwomen of childbearing age. Examples of activities that change the normalbacterial balance include douching, taking antibiotics, wearing an intrauterine deviceor IUD, and having unprotected sexual activity. BV is more commonsexually active womenthannonsexually active women, but it is not considered a sexually transmitted diseaseor STD. The main symptom of BV is a thin vaginal dischargethat appears grayish white and smells of fish,
especially after sexual activity. Other symptomsmay include burning when urinating, itching around the outside of the vagina, and irritation.These symptoms may also be caused by another type of infection, so it is important to seea . Many women with BV have no symptoms at all. BV is often diagnosed based on a pelvic examand symptoms, however certain tests can help confirm the diagnosis. BV will sometimes go away without treatment.Your healthcare provider may choose to treat it with antibiotics if your symptoms persist.
10 Most Invasive Parasitesthe World
Here are the 10 most invasive parasites inthe world. Despite their size, these tiny terrorizers will leave you digging into yourown skin. Number 10: Blood FlukesScientifically known as schistosoma, blood flukes are one of the most common parasitesin the world, affecting huneds of millions of people worldwide. They're a type of flatwormparasite that uses snails as an intermediate host by latching onto them then attachingthemselves onto human skin hatching eggs inside the human's bladder or intestine. Once inside your body, blood flukes can livea very long time. The initial symptoms of
itching rashes begin appearingjust afew days. After a couple months, diarrhea, coughing, headaches, fever will likely occur.Several years of leaving it untreated will then lead to the eggs spreading infectingorgans such as the lungs, liver, bladder. They may even affect the spinal cord and brain,thus causing paralysis seizures. This parasite is found primarilyAfrica,the Middle East, South America, parts of South Asia. Chilen are at especially highrisk as they can develop learning disabilities suffer from malnutrition. As such, the WorldHealth Organization considers blood flukes to be among the most socioeconomically damagingparasitesthe world.
Number 9: The Horsehair WormAlso known as â€œgordian wormsâ€� or â€œnematomorpha,â€� the hair worm is a parasitic worm foundin watery areas such as pools, creeks, puddles. Scientists believe this parasite is comprisedof anywhere between 350 to 2,000 different subspecies. While hair worms do not pose any directthreat to humans, they do pose an interestingly unique specific danger towards crickets.They hatch as larvae at the bottom of a creek, stream, or puddle, then wait to be eaten bya cricket. Once consumed, the hair worm will navigate its way into the cricket's bodycavity, where it absorbs nutrients from the
cricket. As soon as this parasite breaks free,it coaxes the cricket into owning itself so the hair worm can fully emerge. Afterleaving the dead cricket, it then finds a mate, who helps it reproduce by laying eggs.The male worm dies the deadly cycle continues. Number 8: RoundwormsRoundworms are parasites responsible for causing a diseasehumans known as filariasis. Carriedby flies mosquitos, they infect one's bloodstream with the potential to reach the lymphaticsystem, causing the body parts (such as your limbs genitals) to swell up well beyondtheir normal size. The skin will also become thick painful as a result of infection.
Roundworminduced filariasis affects closeto 1 billion people80 countries throughout the world. Fortunately, this condition istreatable through the use of oral ugs such as Diethylcarbamazine, which kills off theinfection prevents further transmission to other people. Number 7: The Tsetse FlyFoundAfrica, the tsetse fly is one of the main causes of trypanosomiasis, or Africansleeping sickness. This parasitic disease affects roughly 10 million people is mostcommonmore rural areas. Symptoms include headaches, fever, joint pain,poor coordination, confusion, muscle weakness,
paralysis of the limbs, trouble sleeping.It can eventually prove fatal if treatment is not sought, causing death due to eventualorgan failure. While the disease has been presentAfricafor thousands of years, the death rate has decreaseecent years due to advancesin modern medicine. In 1990, for example, about 34,000 people died from African sleepingsickness, which is close to four times higher than its current death rate of 9,000 peopleper year. Number 6: The Emerald Jewel WaspAlso known as the â€œemerald cockroach,â€� the emerald jewel is known for paralyzingcockroachesorder to use them for their