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.
Thrush When to Worry Parents
If you notice white patchesyour baby'smouth, she may have something called thrush. Thrush is a yeast infection that's extremelycommonbabies. It looks icky, but the good news is it's not hard to treat. Here are waysto know your baby may have thrush. There are white patches on her tongue, lips, gums, roofof her mouth, or inner cheeks. It's sometimes confused remaining breast milk or formulaleft on the tongue. But milk should easily wipe off, and thrush won't. The yeast mayalso spread to her diaper area where it will appear as a shiny, red rash. Another signis that she's fussy while breastfeeding. She may pull away because her mouth is sore. Ifyour baby has thrush, your will probably
prescribe an antifungal solution and it shouldclear upa few days. Make sure you use the treatment for as long as it's prescribed.By the way, if you have red, itchy or burning nipples, or you feel a shooting painyourbreast after nursing, you probably have the infection, too. You may need to take Ibuprofenfor pain and apply an antifungal cream to your nipples. You may also need to pump fora few days until you heal. Treating both mom and baby is important, so you don't pass theinfection back and forth to one another.