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Bacterial vaginosis, cleocin prescribed - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Last week, my doctor prescribed cleocin ovules for BV. I used them Monday through Wednesday as instructed. I still have irritation and I'm wondering if this is normal.
Doctor :   Hi,
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Doctor :   is that the irritation started since you using the medication ?

User :   No. It was there before I started using it. It has gotten a little better since the medication but there is still an itching/burning sensation.
Doctor :   Well thats normal, if i am not wrong are you advised for a three day course ?
User :   Yes. The three days were last Monday through Wednesday. Should there still be irritation?
Doctor :   yes, there can be, it may persists for a week

Doctor :   it is due to the inflammation caused by Bacterial vaginosis
Doctor :   but for sure the infection will be taken care by clindamycin present in the ovule
User :   Can you recommend something to take care of the discomfort?
Doctor :   and the ovule as such can produce mild irritation by itself , but its rare and self limiting
Doctor :   yes, you can apply Lignocain 2% gelly
User :   is that by prescription?
Doctor :   it will get you rid of the discomfort
Doctor :   no, its an OTC
Doctor :   you can get it without a prescription
User :   To be honest, I'm worried that the infection isn't totally gone. But, I'm also concerned that if I go back to the doctor she will just give me another prescription.
Doctor :   no, wait for a week , surely the irritation will stop by then

Doctor :   it is normal to have such symptom
Doctor :   and the cleocin ovule is one potent preparation
User :   Ok. One more question. I have been getting BV on and off for about two years now. Is there something I can do to prevent it? Or maybe a cure that isn't a prescription?
Doctor :   maintaining good hygiene is the only and best way to prevent the vaginosis

User :   Ok. Is it common?
Doctor :   yes, more common in sexually active women
Doctor :   have you heard of tea tree oil ?

User :   No i have not
Doctor :   well search for it
User :   Ok. What will it help me with?
Doctor :   it will help in preventing infections as a home remedy
Doctor :   the oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties
User :   Ok. how do I use it?
Doctor :   you can apply 2 to 3 drops into the vagina
Doctor :   a day for a week

Doctor :   it will reduce the irritation and prevent infections too
User :   I've also read about inserting acidophilus. Does that work?
Doctor :   with no sideffects
Doctor :   yes they do help
User :   As an insert?
Doctor :   s
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