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.
Cold Sores Herpes Simplex Virus How Do You Get Cold Sores Symptoms and Treatments
You have a cold sore that bums you out! Whatshould and shouldn't you do nowé First of all, you need to know that acold sore is caused by the herpes virus and thatthere's fluidthe blisters. A cold sore can beannoying and painful, but is hardly ever harmful. The herpes virus will remain forever inyour body though and can get reactivated at a later time. That's why you can get a cold sore overand over again.
There isn't any treatment to get thevirus out of your body. So, what are the do's and don'ts whenyou've got a cold soreé Don't touch the blisters and wash yourhands regularly especially when you've touched theblisters by accident. A cold sore is extremely contagious. The herpes virus that's inside theblisters can be transmitted through kissing or after you've touched them with yourfingers.
The virus can end upthe eye or near the genitalsthat way and blisters may formthose places. Once the blisters have ied up, thevirus can't be transmitted any longer. Never hug a baby when you've got a coldsore. Babies can get seriously ill from from the herpes virus and can even die because it. That's thereason why it's also called the quot;kiss of deathquot;. Sunlight, a reduced resistance, illness,
menstruation, or stress can activate theherpes virus so a cold sore can show up. so a cold sore can show up. So avoid being exposed to the sun and use protective lip balm or sunblockon your lips to protect yourself against the sun. Keep your resistance up eat healthy food, exercise regularly and get a goodnight's rest. Some people find comfortputting theVaseline or zinc oxide on their lips to
ease the itching and pain. You could use antiviral creams andtablets. The cream hasn't been proven to reduce the symptoms of a cold sore though. Tablets could reduce the symptoms of a cold sore but only if you use thema very earlystage before the blisters have formed. Consult your family when theblisters haven't disappeared after two weeks
or when the inflammation spreads. In thelast case, bacteria might have gotten into the blisters and caused a newinfection.