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Identifying and treating vaginal bacterial infections

Many women find vaginal disorders challenging, as they can be difficult to treat. Bacterial vaginosis is one of the most common vaginal bacterial infections in the US. However, in many women, the conditions being diagnosed and labeled as BV do not always meet the diagnostic criteria for BV by Amsel’s criteria or by gram staining. There is a spectrum BV like vaginal abnormalities and they in particular  do not always respond to the conventional oral and topical medications, and even when they do, the symptoms may clear temporarily, and then reappear within a short time.

Common symptoms of bacterial vaginosis include external itching and a smelly discharge, which may be grey or off-whitish in color. Some women also report having itching as well as burning or soreness at the vaginal opening.

Causes
Vaginal bacterial infections are often the result of changes in the balance of bacteria in the vagina. The micro-flora of the vagina comprises a mix of good and bad bacteria, which is dominated by the good microbes. As long as the bad bacteria are kept in check and kept at low levels they pose little threat. However if there is a shift in the micro-flora and the bad bacteria begin to thrive, then this can cause abnormal secretions to occur. The secretions bathe the vagina as well as the tissues surrounding the vaginal opening. Depending on the innate sensitivity of a particular woman, this can cause variable symptoms of dryness, burning, and itching.

Treatment
Antibiotics are usually prescribed to deal with vaginal bacterial infections, but may provide only temporary relief. This happens because the underlying problem is not treated. Until the specific issue that has given rise to the infection is  identified and remedied, the condition will reoccur. Most cases of BV occur due to an acute “insult” to the vagina and are often cured by a course of proper antibiotics but when the symptoms become recurrent, most sophisticated testing and treatment are necessary.

In an effort to alleviate the distress and frustration women experience with recurrent bacterial vaginosis or bacterial infections, the experts at Fowler Gyn International (FGI) have developed a customized treatment protocol. It begins with the use of advanced diagnostic technology to analyze the health of the vagina. This allows them to identify any alterations in the micro-flora, and then tailor a treatment plan to restore normal balance. The patients of FGI have given numerous testimonies of successful treatment after visits to other doctors had done little to help them.

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