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Bacterial Vaginosis

Alternate Names : Gardnerella Vaginalis Vaginitis, Corynebacterium Vaginale Vaginitis, Nonspecific Vaginitis

Bacterial Vaginosis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the disease?

The antibiotic metronidazole is used to treat this type of vaginitis. It is available in orals pills or as a cream that is applied to the inside of the vagina. It is usually taken for 5 to 7 days. The sexual partner may be treated, depending on the number of previous infections.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

The side effects of metronidazole can include:

  • a metallic taste in the mouth
  • ringing in the ears
  • stomach upset if alcohol is ingested at the same time
  • What happens after treatment for the disease?

    After beginning treatment, symptoms usually go away within a few days. The infection recurs in 15% of women despite attempts at prevention and multiple treatment regimens.

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    Author: Eva Martin, MD
    Reviewer: Sandy Keefe, RN, MSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/19/01

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