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Symptoms Of A Bacterial Infection In Men

Written By: ibzzA1 - Jul• 11•12

Male yeast infection symptoms of the penis are alarming, but by following the correct procedures can be eradicated. Yeast infection symptoms can appear most anywhere in or onthe body, but the most common are in the dark, warm moist areas, such as the penis. Here, we'll focus on the symptoms of penile yeast infection and how toeradicate them for good.

7 Penile Yeast Infection Symptoms

Common symptoms are; red and inflamed head, spots (like ulcers), dry / flaky skin, chronic itching, unusual discharge, pain when peeing, pain during intercourse.

Causes of Yeast Infection Symptoms

The culprit is a naturally occurring fungus in our bodies called 'Candida Albicans' whichis usually controlled byour bodies'good bacteria.

Sometimes though, for a number of reasons, they can't cope and the fungus 'overgrows' out of control, thus causing the yeast infection symptoms. But what 'triggers' the actual overgrow that produces the symptoms?

Triggers / Underlying Issues

The underlyingissues that allowthe 'overgrow' to happenare things like; a compromised immune system, diabetes, steroid overuse, antibiotics overuse, recreational drugs, some medications, some medical conditions, and poor diet, etc.

Note: this is a very important aspect in finding a complete, permanent cure for yeast infections.

Treatment for Yeast Infections

Topical creams, etc. are usually the first line of treatment. Applied to the area affected, they can clear-up the symptoms withing 7 to 14 days if followed correctly.

But they don'taddress the root cause, or, the underlying triggers. So that manysufferers get recurring yeast infections, each one potentially worse than the last.

Natural Home Remedies for Yeast Infections

As a result of the problems with expensive drug-based remedies, more and more victims are turning to natural home remedies, such as plain yogurt, garlic, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, etc.

These can be very effective, but of course, even many of these are focussed only on giving relief from the painful symptoms. They don't addressthe underlying issues.

Totally Natural End-to-End Treatment System

What is really needed is a system of treatment that eliminates the symptoms of infection quickly, and, at the same time works on both the root cause and the underlying conditions (triggers).

Only in this way you can arrive at a fast cure for yeast infection that is permanent.

To discover just how thousands of men (and women) around the world have successfully managed to beat yeast infection using such a system, please go to http://yeast-infection-men.blogspot.com and you could be free from your yeast infection symptoms in as little as 12 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What exactly does a candida infection feel like for men? symptoms, time frame etc..?
    My doctor seems to think I have a candida infection, I took many different types of antibiotics and I was thinking I has some sort of bacterial or STD.

    Anyway I have had pain in the urethral opening of the penis for several months
    Extreme itching in the testicles and anus
    Color issues with the head of the penis - reactions to hot water, red patches etc
    Abdominal pain

    I have taken 22 days of Nystatin 6 pills a day, plus 6-4 doctor preferred probiotics and zero sugar for almost a month, it feels better but it feels really far from gone.

    I have tested negative for Herpes, ghoneria (SP) , chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, HEP ABC, no bacteria in the prostate, blood work normal. I even tried a HPV urine analysis hit from MDlabs that screens for HPV.

    Is this what candida feels like to a man?
    How long can it last?
    Is it hard to get rid of?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a ton of Dr. Yahoos on here, most are still in grade school,
      but I would call the national STD Hot Line and give them your symptoms
      and see what they say. It's a cheap second opinion (free) and private.
      Here is their number toll free 888-855-3479
      That probably won't help you much, but there's nothing to lose either.

  2. QUESTION:
    Medical advice needed about sexual contact with a bacterial infection?
    sunday when I got home from a weekend with the girlfriend I took notice of this one particular razor burn bump on my penis which was mildly painfull. I convinced myself that I must have cut myself shaving, and it did not heal properly. Tuesday night I saw her again and we copulated twice more, unprotected (I don't have casual sex without protection, but were in a relationship)
    wednesday It got worse. I thought for sure she had given me an std. I went to the clinic. chlymidia gonnehria tests still out btw, but the Dr. was asking about my shaving habits. After ruling out herpes(the man is a 30 yr vet of medicine) due to the apperance of the lesions and the abscence of other symptoms, he told me I had most likely contracted a bacterial infection when I broke the skin of my penis with a razor that was less than surgically sanitized. antibiotic bactracin zinc ointment given.
    I was so worried about what she might have done to me, It didn't cross my mind to ask him if there was a possibility I had transmitted this bacterial infection to her. So is there that possibility?

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    Do you think this is Herpes or just a bacterial infection?
    Okay so I had this one bump on my labia that was the size of a pimple and it was very hard. It had no redness or whiteness to it, it was the color of my skin. It lasted for about maybe a week and a half. The next day after it disappeared, my labia tripled in size on both sides and got white cirlces on them. It is VERY sore to the touch and It burns to pee(so I'm guessing these sores are open). The opening of my vagina is blocked due to the growth of my labia.
    It is VERY painful to walk or sit down. I went to the doctors and when she saw it she automatically said it was herpes. She took a couple of samples so I am awaiting the results. I'm wondering if this could just be something other than herpes, such as an allergic reaction or bacterial infection. I am 17 years old and I'm not sexually active nor have I ever been. I was molested last summer (June 2010) summer by a man who said his girlfriend has herpes. I don't want to believe it's herpes because I didn't show any symptoms or have an outbreak within the first 20 days .
    I do shave and I put Johnson and Johnson Aloe Baby Oil Gel to smooth it and prevent itch.
    PLEASE HELP ME!

    • ANSWER:
      It does not sound like an allergic reaction or a bacterial infection. Sorry, but it sounds like herpes. Just because you didn't have symptoms or an outbreak within 20 days does not mean it's not herpes. There are no set rules and it can be dormant in your body for a long time. The doctor can usually tell by sight (it has a distinctive look) and the tests will verify if that's what it is. There are anti-viral medications to control the symptoms. Good luck to you. If it is positive, you may want to see a counselor, as this will be a lifetime medical condition

  4. QUESTION:
    Had inflammatory colitis a few weeks ago and pain seems to be coming back, PLEASE HELP?
    After I was in the outpatient emergency room of the RWJ Hospital, I was diagnosed with inflammatory colitis (a wall increasing in size in the right ascending colon and the transverse colon) from a CAT scan.

    For about a week and a half, I started taking two antibiotics, one of them being Levaquin (750 milligrams) and the second one being Metronidazole or "Flagyl" (500 milligrams). The Metronidazole seemed to work a lot better then the Levaquin did, making it highly possible that it was a protozoa or bacterial infection. The symptoms of the inflammatory colitis I had was infectious diarrhea, trapped wind, severe stomach aches, headaches, constipation, and soreness of the anal region.

    A few weeks after, I started drinking protein shakes and taking sports vitamins to gain weight. The protein shake was called RTS 51, acting as a food supplement, having 51 grams of protein in one can that I drank down all of at one time. The sports vitamins being GNC's Mega Sports for Men, having BCAA's (Branched Chained Amino Acids) in it, protein components, and other nutrients. I started having the stomach aches, constipation, incomplete defecation, and diarrhea a few days after.

    Could this be a relapse of the previous infection, or something more serious? If not, what could it be? Should I continue taking the Metronidazole since I have some left? Please answer and best answer is ten points.

    • ANSWER:
      this is likely a relapse of the old infection, and a relapse is moderately serious so you are not out of the clear just yet.

  5. QUESTION:
    Bacterial vaginosis from my boyfriend? or vice versa?
    About five days ago soon as I was off my period, my boyfriend and I had sex, and the very next day my vagina was a bit sore and itchy. I thought nothing of it assuming a rough night of sex was to blame, but then the second day I noticed the itching and pain increasing and a strong fishy smelling yellow discharge. At this point I knew I had an infection of some sort, and I have never had one before so I wasn't sure what to do, but to clean things extra well and wait for it to go away.

    About the third/fourth day after sex and when I started to have symptoms, I saw my boyfriend again and found out that he started having symptoms the same time I did. The head of his penis was a bit sore, red, and itchy and he mentioned small white spots appearing. Now, I did some web searching about bacterial vaginosis and most places say that men don't usually have symptoms and you usually don't get it from a partner.

    We are in a monogamous relationship so I don't know how this came about. Maybe he could have slept with someone else(I'm starting to have a sneaky suspicion, because when he told me about the spots he said they were probably just tears from sex. I don't believe that for a second and I don't think he does either.), but if the information I found is true and it's not usually transmitted via sex and that men usually don't have symptoms, then my question is: How in the world did both of us start having similar symptoms at the exact same time? unless, of course he is lying to me and did have this infection beforehand.

    Or is it more likely that I gave him the infection? I feel horrible about him suffering, and the thought that I could have given it to him is making me miserable, but on the other hand what if I got it from him? And in that case I no longer feel horrible and want to know exactly how he came about to have such an infection. He is also uncircumcised(but very hygienic) if that makes any difference.

    Any information would be most appreciated!

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    Serious Answers Only - How Can Chlamydia Stay Dormant???
    Okay - I'm wondering if there is a spat of misinformation going around about Chlamydia. I know it's "silent" in it's symptoms and that it is a bacterial infection.
    My concern is how even though we supposedly get tested, people think the infection lays dormant and is undected by STI testing like HPV and Herpes can be undected/dormant. How is this the case? I have looked at websites about the infection Chlamydia and nowhere does it state it can lay dormant and be undected via testing.
    Again, I know Chlamydia symptoms can be non-existant in men and females but that doesn't mean the infection is dormant. I have looked on medhelp, where people say to go and what I found was,

    "virtually all persons with chlamydia will have positive tests within 4-5 days of infection. Perhaps as early as 1-2 days, but no data to know for sure." - and that's from medhelp.

    I have not seen on any site that Chlamydia lays dormant.
    (cont.)
    The only thing that comes close to conclusive testing is that a conclusive test should be done by 6 months - to one year.
    I even went to the CDC and other std websites and nothing mentions it being dormant.
    So where is this "dormant" issue where it won't even pull up on tests coming from?
    Another piece I found,

    "virtually all persons with chlamydia will have positive tests within 4-5 days of infection. Perhaps as early as 1-2 days, but no data to know for sure."
    Again - at medhelp.
    Thank you Robin B for reply; I am just reading people's responses to others stating it can stay dormant. Yet I find nothing that states this at all. Yes, Chlamydia can stay in your system, untreated, for close to 4 years (in women). However, even though it's considered virtually no symptoms - it doesn't mean it can't show up on a test. I just don't want people fearing when they go get STI testing to think it isn't accurate at all. I know there is a chance for error but that is saying almost like don't trust your doctors.
    Thanks freshmint!
    The point I'm trying to make is people are telling others that Chylamydia can stay dormant for months or years in your system, but from what I have read - that isn't true. In it's early stages, it's hard to dectect via SYMPTOMS because people don't seem to carry many symptoms of this. It doesn't mean the infection is dormant to even testing like Herpes or HPV could be.
    TXMom:
    A couple of months perhaps I could see while the infection serovents (sp) in your system. But people are stating it is dormant for months and years and honestly, that isn't true. By 6 months you should be able to have a correct test and by your comment, you found out within a couple months. Not years...

    • ANSWER:
      I have never heard of it laying dormant. I worked in a GYN office for years. Men have a longer time to notice, some don't at all. But, if your partner has is, you do. You won't always be tested for chlamydia, if you do not tell the doctor you have new partners, or are having sex. Usually we don't test unless there is a need....thinking your partner is cheating, a new partner...etc.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is this testicular problem the first of its kind, or has it never been documented in the history of man?
    Hello, recently i've been experiencing a very sore, red, tender scrotum for an unexplainable reason. I dont have any other symptoms one would expect (one testicle in paticular hurting, extreme pain, blood in the urinal tract, pain urinating, epiditimitys, ect ect.) and i am becoming very frustrated in the search for what exactly is wrong with me.

    Since the conception of the issue, ive take 5 different prescription medications that have been prescribed to me by my family doctor , two emerge doctors and a urologist (levofloxacin, sulfamethoxazole-trimethaprim, novamoxim, reactine and a prescription painkiller) to insure that it was not a bacterial infection. My symptoms have not altered since taking any of these pills, and ive only suffered a painful reaction to the levofloxacin. every doctor ive seen, including my urologist (doctor that specializes in the urinary tract/genitals) have concluded that they are 100% unsure of what i am experiencing. i have had a testicular ultrasound, an STD swab test, several urine tests, a prostate exam, and these have all turned up perfectly normal, yet my issue is still undiagnosed.

    i've done my research over the week, and ive checked the symptoms of typical causes such as the epidytimis being swollen or infected, testicular torsion, varioceles, ect ect .. and nothing seems to explain what my issue is.

    Please, can someone relate to what i'm experiencing? all of my doctors are throwing antibiotics at me and telling me the only thing they can imagine is that it is an allerlgic reaction, yet i am unsure of how this can be, considering i havent altered how my clothes have been washed or dried in years. The only other information i can provide is that it happened once before, about a month before this, and i was prescribed the sulfamethoxazole-trimethaprim for 5 days, and symptoms happened to go, and then return. The medication i'm taking now should cover what the sulfameth covered plus more, so i dont understand how this can be. Can anybody explain to me what is going on? i am in desperate need of a solution for this issue, and i plan to request surgical measures over the next few days if i am not presented with any new information as to what could be causing the issue. I am severely discomforted by this thought, however i have no other options considering i have already seen many doctors and have been told nothing about what i am experiencing.
    Thanks for your speedy responses guys, and yes, it's become very frustrating to know that i have something seriously wrong and cannot diagnose it for whatever reason.

    Although i agree with crossing a varicocele and torsion out of the picture, i honestly dont know what else to do but assume the ultrasound failed somehow. the symptoms are closest to having a varicocele, and even then they arent very similar.

    This isn't my real information and i can't email you my symptoms, but i can tell you currently the worst points of discomfort are when i am exposed to heat (scrotum relaxes and expands, creating a much higher probability for damage to become inflicted upon the testicles because they are hanging much lower and are very loose, increased pain as well). The general pain is not strong on its own, but i am severely llimited to movement and activity because of this.

    i fear my "expert" urologist with his 2 minute examination of my issue may have missed something.
    Also, if this helps, ive noticed sometimes my testicles will appear to slowly be moving around inside the scrotum. not nessecarily twisting, but i can see and feel a slight motion sometimes through my left testicle. maybe this is the cold air constriction slowly taking place, or like i fear, a varicocele in its early stages causing a pulsation that alteres the state of my left testicle.

    • ANSWER:
      Either they cannot diagnoses it or do not see what the problem is.

      I am not of the belief this is something new, but you certainly are not getting the proper answers you seek to this and it must get tiring going from doctor to doctor and just given more pills to take

  8. QUESTION:
    Man dies from bacterial meningitis. What do you think about this article?
    SHREWSBURY, Mass. - A 30-year-old man has died of bacterial meningitis in Shrewsbury.
    Health Director Nancy Allen on Tuesday said the victim died in the emergency room of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester last Tuesday. Allen says state officials are working to determine how the man got infected. He traveled to New York City once a week, and experts will study that as a possible route of exposure. Members of his family were immunized last week. Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of the spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. It kills about 300 people in the U.S. each year.
    Bacterial meningitis can result in brain damage, hearing loss, learning disability or death. Symptoms include high fever, headache and a stiff neck, and can also include nausea, vomiting, confusion and sleepiness.

    • ANSWER:
      Very dangerous disease. You can be infected with it, and literally die within 24 hours. College students (especially dorm students) need to be vacinated against it, as they are very susceptable to getting it.

      http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/lung/meningitis.html

  9. QUESTION:
    Do I have Folliculitis?
    I'm a 16 year old female in highschool and I have been experiencing a series of breast symptoms for the past two months. In early March, my left nipple has been itchy and there was a yellow puss discharge. My doctor examined it and she concluded it to be a bacterial infection. In early April, there were bits of dried skin flaking from around the areola. I paid my doctor a second visit several days back and she subscribed antibiotics for me. My doctor said I have folliculitis and I did research myself too, but the symptoms lead to other diseases as well such as Paget's Disease( a rare type of breast cancer that affects men/women over the age of 50). I'm really confused right now because it's been two months and the infection hasn't gone away.

    • ANSWER:
      No, your doctor is right, i would also diagnose you with Folliculitis.. the infection can last up to 6 months at the most. and 4 months at the least. What you are talking about sounds exactly like it.
      Hope all goes well,

      Dr Green

  10. QUESTION:
    What's Wrong With Me? Please Help. Sickness):?
    Yes, I'm a hypochondriac which is why I think it is safer to ask on yahoo answers than look up every disease known to man on wikipedia.
    My *symptoms*

    be warned. they're not all that pretty.

    *constant blacking out whenever I sit up
    *aches in back
    *frequent headaches
    *constant changing of temperatures from cold to hot on skin (arms, hands, etc.)
    *frequent urination(seriously, like every 5 minutes I have to peee.)
    *I don't really know if this is a symptom because I've always been this way but I eat ALL the time and I think I'm losing weight...I'm 5'9" and I weigh 124 lbs but this is how much I ate today:
    1 bowl of ice cream with 2 choco chip cookies
    1 small blizzard with choco chip cookie dough
    4 choco chip cookies with a glass of milk
    3 glasses of diet pepsi
    4 slices of sausage pizza
    1 glass of milk
    1 container of yogurt

    (weird, huh?)
    *i have a rash on..um..my vaginal area. ew, sorry so weird saying that.
    *it sometimes burns on that area, esp. when urinating or something like that
    *my knees are getting weaker and weaker, sometimes I just can't stand up without holding onto something and I'm only 13!
    *not really a symptom but I have HUGE thonsils/adnoids, so big it looks like i have a double chin or an adam's apple when I don't, and I always get strep from it. I've seriously had strep 5 times, and once I had a viral infection that transferred into a bacterial infection in my lungs and I got a z-pack for it
    *whooping cough anytime after I eat something with dairy in it.

    Thanks, and I'm sorry if I'm just overreacting.
    I don't want to say what I think I have because I want your opinion on this, not you trying to get best answer by agreeing with me. I don't even know if I'm right, and I really hope I'm not cuz that wouldn't even make sense, and it would suck, too.

    • ANSWER:
      ....and you bothered with diet soda!?.....

      It sounds to me like you need a serious consultation with a GP for some testing. I would be considering hypoglycemia (low blood sugar which is the opposite of Type II diabetes or hyperglycemia; most consider hypoglycemia to be just a different variant of an impaired insulin system; some flat out call it a different form of diabetes.). There are some other metabolic disorders but, low blood sugar is the most common and easiest place to start. It sounds like you have some infections going on; probably more than one. And, although you have identified serious, allergy type reactions to dairy, the meal plan listed above consists almost entirely of milk-based, dairy products.

  11. QUESTION:
    Practicing Doctors, want to give a shot at diagnosing whatever I have?
    Yes, I'm a hypochondriac which is why I think it is safer to ask on yahoo answers than look up every disease known to man on wikipedia.
    My *symptoms*

    be warned. they're not all that pretty.

    *constant blacking out whenever I sit up
    *aches in back
    *frequent headaches
    *constant changing of temperatures from cold to hot on skin (arms, hands, etc.)
    *frequent urination(seriously, like every 5 minutes I have to peee.)
    *I don't really know if this is a symptom because I've always been this way but I eat ALL the time and I think I'm losing weight...I'm 5'9" and I weigh 124 lbs but this is how much I ate today:
    1 bowl of ice cream with 2 choco chip cookies
    1 small blizzard with choco chip cookie dough
    4 choco chip cookies with a glass of milk
    3 glasses of diet pepsi
    4 slices of sausage pizza
    1 glass of milk
    1 container of yogurt

    (weird, huh?)
    *i have a rash on..um..my vaginal area. ew, sorry so weird saying that.
    *it sometimes burns on that area, esp. when urinating or something like that
    *my knees are getting weaker and weaker, sometimes I just can't stand up without holding onto something and I'm only 13!
    *not really a symptom but I have HUGE thonsils/adnoids, so big it looks like i have a double chin or an adam's apple when I don't, and I always get strep from it. I've seriously had strep 5 times, and once I had a viral infection that transferred into a bacterial infection in my lungs and I got a z-pack for it
    *whooping cough anytime after I eat something with dairy in it.

    Thanks, and I'm sorry if I'm just overreacting.
    I don't want to say what I think I have because I want your opinion on this, not you trying to get best answer by agreeing with me. I don't even know if I'm right, and I really hope I'm not cuz that wouldn't even make sense, and it would suck, too.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, I'm a nurse, not a doctor...First, your diet needs some serious help. Where are the fruits and veggies? Where is the fish and chicken? There is way too much junk food here, and I love sweets too. So, if you aren't feeling well, I'd say start with your diet. Why do you think you're losing weight? Have you weighed yourself? You may have a fast metabolism, or maybe thyroid dysfunction (causing temperature issues for you. No matter how many answers you get here, the only real way to get the bottom of things is by seeing a doctor.

      If you are anxious and or depressed, you can be more prone to complaints such as backaches and headaches - even having to pee often. Even feeling weak in the knees.

      If you have problems blacking out when you sit up, you really need to be seen and make sure you don't have some kind of orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure when you sit or stand up from laying down).

      The vaginal irritation, I don't know. I could point to all the sugar you are consuming and wonder if you have a yeast problem. Again, have a doctor look, not getting guesses from people with some education like me.

      And maybe most important, if you are an anxious person, and perhaps consumed by lots of worries about your health, maybe you'd benefit from seeing a therapist. It's a sign of strength to do so, not a sign of weakness. Who knows, you may feel a lot better doing so! I would hope so.

  12. QUESTION:
    i think this can make the zombie virus?
    I then thought of the Ebola virus, the most fatal disease known to man. Only 1500 cases worldwide and only 20% of cases survived. It only occurs in Humans and Primates, and is usually carried by Fruit Bats. The Ebola virus originated in Africa.

    Among humans, the virus is transmitted by direct contact with infected body fluids such as blood. The incubation period is 2 to 21 days. Symptoms are variable and often appear suddenly. Initial symptoms include: high fever (at least 38.8° C, 101° F), severe headache, muscle/joint/abdominal pain, severe weakness and exhaustion, sore throat, nausea, and dizziness. Before an epidemic is suspected, these early symptoms are easily mistaken for malaria, typhoid fever, dysentery, or various bacterial infections, which are all far more common. The secondary symptoms often involve bleeding both internally and externally from any opening in the body. Dark or bloody stools and diarrhea, vomiting blood, red eyes from swollen blood vessels, red spots on the skin from subcutaneous bleeding, and bleeding from the nose, mouth, rectum, genitals and needle puncture sites. Other secondary symptoms include low blood pressure (less than 90mm Hg) and a fast but weak pulse, eventual organ damage including the kidney and liver by co-localized necrosis, and proteinuria (the presence of proteins in urine). From onset of symptoms to death (from shock due to blood loss or organ failure) is usually between 7 and 14 days .

    The "Zombie" effect: Some cases and patients can actually develop the "Zombie effect" which is extreme as the skin on the body deteriorates and causes and almost "Zombie-like" look.

    However, the most shocking information I found on the Ebola virus is that it's been genetically engineered with viruses such as Smallpox to create even more deadlier viruses to be used as Biological weapons. And that's probably just the icing on the cake! How someone can do this is beyond me but it shows how far people can go.

    Anyway, want to know the only cool fact on the Ebola? It's the origin of the viruses in Resident Evil. Umbrella used this to create the Progenitor virus which led to all the T's and G's etc. Cool eh? And the slice of information regarding the genetic modifying could lead me to believe that an Umbrella-esque division is out there in several countries.

    the Ebola was the base for the "Mother" virus which was combined with Leech DNA to create the T-Virus which creates Zombies. However, it's not certain what the Ebola virus on it's own would cause if combined with Leech DNA. Progenitor Virus (Which is the "Mother" virus) is an RNA Virus. An RNA Virus is also a real-life Virus. Hepatitis B is an example of this. So Hepatitis B + Ebola = ??? You guessed it, a strain of Virus similar to the Progenitor Virus. Combine this new strain with Leech DNA or something along the lines and what do you get? A similar strain of T-Virus. Now whether or not this could all mount up to a similar Virus remains to be seen but this some EXTREMELY serious stuff.

    but all of them combined together can create a t-virus, the only thing missing is the actual need of cannibalism. Which brings me to this:

    If a biochemist were to have the means of creating the virus, for lets say a bio-weapon (Which was the sole purpose of the t-virus in the first place) He would need the parasite Leucochloridium paradoxum.

    In some cases of infection of the parasite, the host receives the common symptoms, like headaches and pains. But what can happen is that the host can go into a violent rage that has been noted to kill someone in order to obtain the victims blood or flesh, whichever you choose. The host is not the one that needs the blood, but the parasite. The parasite needs to keep enough fluids and what not in its host, which is now its home, in order to keep it "alive" but has to keep itself alive, thus forcing the host to attack another of its kind or something else.

    Now if you injected the virus above into the parasite, then injected the parasite into the victim, it would create a weapon like no other.

    ...now if you have the money. Im sure this can work out just fine

    Well for the top answer you would also have to make a virus that is imediatlly affective also the virus has to control the central nervous system which is tom thumb. plus it also has to have some sort of way to tell the body it wants meat or blood like rabies. this has to be made to make it grow or multiply at a fast rate. Also I have discover that there is a way to fuse viruses together.

    • ANSWER:
      The moral of this story? Don't expect to learn much about real-life virology from Resident Evil.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the primary role of the male reproductive system?
    1. What is the primary role of the male reproductive system?
    A) To produce ova and deliver them to the female reproductive system
    B) To produce testosterone
    C) To produce sperm and deliver it to the female reproductive system
    D) To produce progesterone

    2. Which of the following statements about testicular cancer is false?
    A) Males should have their doctors examine them for testicular cancer once a month.
    B) Testicular cancer may be hereditary.
    C) One possible symptom of testicular cancer is an unusual lump in your scrotum.
    D) Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males between the ages of 15 and 35.

    3. Dominic plays on his high school's baseball team. He's the team catcher, and he's a great batter.
    Which of the following things should Dominic do to protect his reproductive system from trauma?
    A) Avoid strenuous lifting
    B) Avoid hot temperatures by staying out of hot tubs
    C) Wear a cup when playing sports
    D) Dry himself carefully after showering

    4. Prostate cancer occurs primarily in
    A) babies.
    B) children.
    C) young men.
    D) older men.

    5. Which of the following problems of the male reproductive system can be prevented by abstaining from sexual activity?
    A) Jock itch
    B) Testicular torsion
    C) STDs
    D) Inguinal hernia

    6. Cystitis is one problem that can occur in the male reproductive system. Which of the following describes cystitis?
    A) A bulging of a portion of the intestines or other structure through a weakness on the abdominal wall
    B) Failure of one or both of the testes to move from the abdomen to the scrotum during fetal development
    C) Abnormal division of cells in the testes
    D) Inflammation of the urinary bladder

    7. Another problem that can occur in the male reproductive system is testicular torsion. Which of the following describes testicular torsion?
    A) Fungal infection of the groin area
    B) Twisting of a testis on the nerves and blood vessels attached to it
    C) Abnormal division of cells in the prostate
    D) Bacterial infection of the prostate

    • ANSWER:
      1 c
      2 d
      3 c
      4 d
      5 c
      6 d
      7 b

  14. QUESTION:
    How long does the itch in chicken pox last?
    My eight year old is on day 3 of the appearance of the spots. He has so far been really good about not scratching, but this morning woke me at 3am and 7am wanting a bath and is now 'over' being good about the unbearable itchies.

    I spoke to the pharmacist, who suggested NOT putting calamine lotion on chicken pox, as new research shows it causes scarring (still fine for bites and stings, just not pox). Instead I have a water-based gel (like they use on burns) which is soothing and seals over the spots so air can't irritate them.

    I also have been told to use a bicarb soda bath, or oatmeal bath - again - the old fashioned remedies have been replaced by pine tar sol which limits the bacterial infection caused by scratching, and soothes the itchies in the bath. Still, all these things only temporarily calm his skin.

    How long will he be going crazy with the itch? I hate watching him like this, poor little man.

    As he has 3 younger brothers, how long before they will start showing signs of chicken pox? I hate waiting for the other shoe to drop ... if they don't show symptoms in 14 days, can I assume the others are clear this round?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh dear - yes the itching gets worse when the spots dry out and continues until three days after the last spot appears - day 6ish. Have you considered anti-histamine tablets? My daughter took those and it helped loads. The incubation period is three weeks but your son would have been contagious before he had spots - so yes 14 days. It is so much better to have it as a child tho - I had it at 26 and got pneumonia and lost the hearing in one ear. Good luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is this herpes or something else?
    Okay so I had this one bump on my labia that was the size of a pimple and it was very hard. It had no redness or whiteness to it, it was the color of my skin. It lasted for about maybe a week and a half. The next day after it disappeared, my labia tripled in size on both sides and got white cirlces on them. It is VERY sore to the touch and It burns to pee(so I'm guessing these sores are open). The opening of my vagina is blocked due to the growth of my labia.
    It is VERY painful to walk or sit down. I went to the doctors and when she saw it she automatically said it was herpes. She took a couple of samples so I am awaiting the results. I'm wondering if this could just be something other than herpes, such as an allergic reaction or bacterial infection. I am 17 years old and I'm not sexually active nor have I ever been. I was molested last summer (June 2010) summer by a man who said his girlfriend has herpes. I don't want to believe it's herpes because I didn't show any symptoms or have an outbreak within the first 20 days .
    I do shave and I put Johnson and Johnson Aloe Baby Oil Gel to smooth it and prevent itch.
    PLEASE HELP ME!

    • ANSWER:
      Wait and see what the lab results are from the doctor.....If it is herpes (you were in contact with someone who said the girlfriend had it) get on a med from the doctor and have the doctor sit down and tell you what and what not to do if you do have it.
      I hope you reprted the person who molested you.......

  16. QUESTION:
    Need insight on diagnosing possible std, 8 years no diagnosis...?
    I would appreciate the input of someone who has gone through this, a nurse, doctor, midwife, doula, etc...Please keep any nasty or hurtful comments to yourself. This is hard for me to post for the world to see, but after 8 years and tons of research online Im not finding the answers I need so Im reaching out here.

    Let me explain what's going on. About 8 years ago, at age 19 I was in a very short relationship with a guy that I lost my virginity to. We accidentally had unprotected sex when the condom slipped off. A short time later (like, a week) I met the man that would be my future husband. I broke it off with the other guy to persue this new relationship. We were intimate within a couple weeks of dating, and maybe a week after that, I had a very severe outbreak of what I thought might be genital herpes. There was intense swelling of the genital area, discharge, and it felt like paper cuts were coving the whole genital area. No blisters. I never went to see a doctor because I was young, embarrassed, and didnt want my parents to find out.

    Eight years later I still have symptoms every now and then, but not as severe. Ive never had blisters..ever. But during an outbreak I will get a few areas that will sting and feels similar to a paper cut. I might see the tiniest spot of blood when I wipe, but I can never really see anything on the skin. It happens rarely now, but I notice I tend to get outbreaks when Im stressed.

    I have a 2 year old son, and a few years before, and also during my pregnancy I was tested for all sorts of stds including herpes, ghonorrea, syphillis, chlamidia (sorry if I spelled all those wrong!) hiv, etc. i think I was tested for everything common. Everything came back negative. I have had several cultures done over the years, but it has always been hard for my doctors to do it because they can never see anything down there either. I can feel it, but its hard to see anything. All the cultures came back negative for anything. I even had a blood test done about 2 months ago for herpes. It came back negative.

    I developed another outbreak over the weekend, and went to see my doctor asap to see if we could get another culture. Once again, I felt the stinging and saw small amounts of blood indicating that most likely there was some sort of sore, but she could not find anything when she looked today and just took a culture of an area to seemed to look a little red. We drew more blood and is going to test again for herpes, hepatitis, and something else I believe, but I forget what.

    Im just tired of this. I want a diagnosis. Its been 8 years and i am pregnant again and I want to know if I can risk trying for a VBAC with this baby. The symptoms of herpes seem the closest, but then again it isnt a total match either.

    Is there anything else similar to herpes..or even a rarer std that could be causing this? My doctor is at a loss and is almost wondering if it could actually be some sort of allergic reaction. Can any common infections such as bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection cause these symptoms?

    I know this is a lot of personal information, but I need some input badly. Im just at a loss here. Help?
    Well, my husband recently decided to leave me to pursue a easier life by himself without a toddler and newborn..so Im on my own and no sex for me for 4 months. Dont know if it could still be an allergic reaction to sex.
    The symptoms in the article do decribe it pretty well! However i did not have the symptoms only after sex. It might have been once every few months during the 7 years we were married. Also, we have not been together for 4 months and Ive had at least 3 outbreaks...I assumed it was from the stress of it all.

    During the earlier years, I would get a lot of tissue swelling. Not so much the past 3 years or so, however. That is a symptom I never saw described as herpes. Also, I always see articles that describe blisters, and i never had that. So that article you posted for me describes it better than anything Ive found! Thank you. Ill research that more, but Id still like more input.

    • ANSWER:
      YES. It sounds like you may have an allergy to semen. It can actually be pretty severe, even worse than what you describe. But you do have the basic symptoms.

      http://www.essortment.com/articles/semen_allergy_100017.htm

      As it becomes more common, there is more out there about it. Sometimes it only flares if the partner eats certain foods, sometimes it is a reaction to one man and not to another. Sometimes it flares up with hormonal changes.

      PS if it flares other times than just after intercourse, I would still suspect allergy. Switch to cotton underwear and see if that helps. Also consider the possibility of temporarily trying some unscented wash for your delicates like some of the detergents for baby clothes. Seriously though, if you switch to cotton drawers and it clears up you probably have some allergy to synthetic fibers or to latex products if you wear spandex drawers.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are my chances of getting infected?
    Hello everybody,how are you, I hope well,

    situation is that I had protected vaginal sex.

    Safe sex (I am a man) with a woman who is a sex worker but I don’t know her sero status, the truth is that it is my first exposure.
    I started thinking about the possibility of having contracted HIVAcute hiv infection
    Asymptomatic hiv infection
    Chills
    Early symptomatic hiv infection
    Elisa/western blot tests for hiv
    Histoplasmosis, disseminated in hiv patient
    Hiv
    Hiv infection
    Hives
    Hives (urticaria) - close-up
    Hives (urticaria) on the arm because I am afraid this much, my questions are the following:

    1 I understand what the window period is 3 months, but it is true that this period is an exaggeration?, I read that the CDC said that the period is from 2 to 8 weeks with an average of 21 days, I want to know your opinion on the matter, because of the medhelp Doctors say that 6 weeks is a conclusive proof.

    2 What difference exists between the effectiveness of a elisaElisa
    Elisa/western blot tests for hiv
    Lyme disease antibody generation of 4 and 3 generation? which is the average window period with these tests?

    3 I don’t know if you are no experts in technology issues in HIVAcute hiv infection
    Asymptomatic hiv infection
    Chills
    Early symptomatic hiv infection
    Elisa/western blot tests for hiv
    Histoplasmosis, disseminated in hiv patient
    Hiv
    Hiv infection
    Hives
    Hives (urticaria) - close-up
    Hives (urticaria) on the arm tests, but wondered if you know which generation Elise processing machine AXSYM of Abbot.

    4. probability that I can contracted HIVAcute hiv infection
    Asymptomatic hiv infection
    Chills
    Early symptomatic hiv infection
    Elisa/western blot tests for hiv
    Histoplasmosis, disseminated in hiv patient
    Hiv
    Hiv infection
    Hives
    Hives (urticaria) - close-up
    Hives (urticaria) on the arm because a single casual exposure (vaginalAnterior vaginal wall repair
    Causes of vaginal itching
    Culture - endocervix
    Hydrocele
    Hysterectomy
    Transvaginal ultrasound
    Vaginal bleeding between periods
    Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
    Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy
    Vaginal cysts
    Vaginal discharge) with a woman of unknown serostatus (not prostitute).

    5. It beforehand that the probability of infectionAcute cytomegalovirus (cmv) infection
    Acute hiv infection
    Asymptomatic hiv infection
    Athlete's foot
    Breast infection
    Cellulitis
    Chlamydia infections in women
    Common cold
    Corneal ulcers and infections
    Cystitis - acute bacterial
    Ear infection - acute in a single exposure is very low but is posible, but wondered if you have known cases of infectionAcute cytomegalovirus (cmv) infection
    Acute hiv infection
    Asymptomatic hiv infection
    Athlete's foot
    Breast infection
    Cellulitis
    Chlamydia infections in women
    Common cold
    Corneal ulcers and infections
    Cystitis - acute bacterial
    Ear infection - acute after a single relation (exposure).

    6. It is true that co-infection with diseases such as hepatitisAggressive hepatitis
    Chronic persistent hepatitis
    Hepatic ischemia
    Hepatitis
    Hepatitis a
    Hepatitis a - vaccine
    Hepatitis a adult vaccine
    Hepatitis a immunization (vaccine)
    Hepatitis a pediatric vaccine
    Hepatitis a vaccine
    Hepatitis a-hepatitis b vaccine lengthens the window period, if so how long it extends , what diseases lengthen the period of window.

    7. Today I find myself in the day 69 after that exposure, plans to make another elisaElisa
    Elisa/western blot tests for hiv
    Lyme disease antibody to 84 days (3 months), I test HIVAcute hiv infection
    Asymptomatic hiv infection
    Chills
    Early symptomatic hiv infection
    Elisa/western blot tests for hiv
    Histoplasmosis, disseminated in hiv patient
    Hiv
    Hiv infection
    Hives
    Hives (urticaria) - close-up
    Hives (urticaria) on the arm test ag / ac after 33 days and gave nonreactive, I know that it is not conclusive, but what do you think about the reliability of this test?

    8. Also, the symptoms of ARS, is that these are not sufficient to diagnose HIVAcute hiv infection
    Asymptomatic hiv infection
    Chills
    Early symptomatic hiv infection
    Elisa/western blot tests for hiv
    Histoplasmosis, disseminated in hiv patient
    Hiv
    Hiv infection
    Hives
    Hives (urticaria) - close-up
    Hives (urticaria) on the arm, I want to tell that sometimes I felt hot, but I have not had a feverAllergic rhinitis
    Coccidioidomycosis
    Febrile seizures
    Fever
    Fever blister
    Fever blisters and canker sores
    Herpes labialis (oral herpes simplex)
    Histoplasmosis
    Malaria
    Rheumatic fever
    Scarlet fever, yesterday and the day before yesterday I had a soreAreas where bedsores occur
    Canker sores
    Fever blisters and canker sores
    Genital sores (female)
    Genital sores - female
    Genital sores - male
    Mouth sores
    Sore throat stomachAbdominal pain
    Abdominal pain diagnosis
    Esophagus and stomach anatomy
    Feeding tube insertion - gastrostomy
    Gastric cancer
    Gastric suction
    Gastric ulcer
    Ileus - x-ray of distended bowel and stomach
    Nausea and vomiting
    Roux-en-

    • ANSWER:
      Daammmnnnn!
      WTF?
      Get a test and forget it. Can you say PHOBIC? I thought you said you had protected vaginal sex . . . If you are this paranoid man you'll never be able to enjoy sex at all. Get some ammonia, scrub in it, then scrub in bleach, then don two or three condoms, pray, inject yourself with an antibiotic--any kind will do--then proceed with full surgical scrubs and . . . .&^%&*)(_

  18. QUESTION:
    The Ban Against Donating Blood If You're A Gay Man Should Remain: Agree or Disagree?
    Was reading something where some think gays should be able to donate blood.

    Some say
    They think anyone who wants to donate blood should be able to and they think that all donated blood should be tested before it is used
    Every/any human can pass on a broad spectrum of various bacterial, viral bugs. One does not have to be gay to do so. It's simple biology. We all house bacteria and viruses in our bodies. They range from benign to life threatening. I think all that would donate any biological material should be tested to see where their biology is at. There have been many innocent recipient people infected with cancers, viral diseases and bacterial infections from organ/tissue donation transplant. That is a human reoccurring biological fact. If they tested all of us in depth, they would find some transferable bug within each of us, whether it be epstein-barr or one of the hep-viruses or whatever

    Others
    Some say- they would like to disagree with it, one reason (from many in the health field) the sole purposes of budget this is in place. It takes a lot of time and effort for the workers to take your blood, it takes almost 45 minutes each time people give blood. They try to take every precaution when deciding if they want your blood. Spending the time taking, transporting and testing blood is costly and they want to try to prevent taking blood that could be infected.

    High risk
    It can takes years for HIV/AIDS to actually show symptoms.

    What do you think?
    Everyone is entitle to their view-just wanted to hear how you feel

    Peterpan-also i don't think it is specifically gay men - if you are gay and have never had anal intercourse you are still allowed to donate.
    I haven't read that-interesting

    • ANSWER:
      i think that gay men who have had anal intercourse at any point in their life should not be able to donate blood.

      i realize that may be upsetting for some who would really like to donate, and that it might seem like discrimination, but when you ignore peoples feelings and just look at the facts, it is a fact that gay men are more likely to have aids than any other societal group, except for people who have grown up in a poor african country, but i think you are also not allowed to donate if you have been somewhere like that within the last 5 years or something.

      i mean really, you can't donate blood if you weigh less than 50 kilos, even if you happen to be in the normal weight range for your age and height. it isn't about being discriminatory, it is about making the process of blood donation as safe as possible, for both the donor and the recipient of the blood. if that means certain societal groups are not able to donate, then so be it.

      also i don't think it is specifically gay men - if you are gay and have never had anal intercourse you are still allowed to donate.

      its not that the government or the health department is being homophobic or prejudiced, its just that some people are higher risk than others, and it can take years for HIV to show up.

      hopefully i have not offended anyone with my opinion.

  19. QUESTION:
    HOW WILL THE WORLD PROTECT & IMPROVE HEALTH?
    Organisms nowadays are having difficulty coping with climate change since their physiological make-up is affected. Many die from extreme heat (like stroke, skin cancer, etc.) &/or sudden shift to cold because body temperature goes up or drop by many degrees (such as hyperthermia, etc.) and their heart beat and blood circulation accelerate or reduce to high or low levels (blood pressure, aneurism, etc.) to the point of stopping breathing (cardiac arrest, infarction & other heart malfunction). Thus, survival in harsh weather is truly to the fittest to endure great abnormal physical changes.

    With the author Winston Kayanan from the Philippines claiming that with huge O2 regeneration, this gas will not only normalize disrupted weather & climate but also will prevent the spread of harmful microorganisms (reactivated during extreme weather & climate conditions), resulting to diseases (like SARS & other pulmonary infections, meningococcemia, HIV/AIDS, bird-flu, etc.). Oxygen is a natural self-immunization that will strengthen the immune system and resistance of the organism and subsequently stimulate the body’s own defense mechanism to provide general protection against sudden climate change and deadly microorganisms as the first action. It is further complemented by another defense called the “acquired immune system” which protects the body from the invaders and acts to immobilize or destroy them with the release of own manufactured chemicals known as antibodies. The abundance of O2 could accelerate the peak of any organism’s antibody production & responses even if the symptoms of the disease show up (as long as sun’s radiation is greatly minimized).

    Man’s defense mechanism such as white cells in the blood called lymphocytes of the acquired immune system, could inherently perform in killing and destroying any kind of pathological invaders for these white cells produce antibodies to provide protection from harmful microorganisms and infectious diseases. However, because of extreme radiation of the sun which penetrates deep into organisms’ body, individual cells are affected by over-exposure. And radiation (its ionizing effects like as if people are heated inside a microwave oven) will destroy not only the cells’ enzymes but also the organisms’ hereditary characteristics. Organisms unfortunately have not developed a natural defense against radiation. For this matter, severe damage has been done before we could realize it. The destruction of the cell increases with the viscosity of the protoplasm and the broken cells clog the capillaries thereby interfering with the circulation of the blood.

    As per research, the effect of radiation increases the probability of the occurrence of mutations and therefore, if organisms (man & animals) are weak because of the effects of warming, they are easily susceptible of becoming a living host as the pathogenic viruses have now found a conducive home to invade, reproduce & survive in a very long time. Since the world is not prepared for such epidemic to the point of pandemic, the massive regeneration of O2 in the atmosphere by implantation would dramatically kill invading pathogens (be they inside or outside of the organisms’ body); and, improve the health of human, plant & animal cells to counter deadly disease-causing infection and bacterial & viral infestation as well as prevent the fear of mutation (engendered by the sun’s severe ultraviolet radiation) as the second action.

    • ANSWER:
      Per messages received from the Klingon Empire, still the scientific community is facing a blank wall for they could not decipher & perceive the teachings of the author Winston Kayanan. The Philippine technology is anchored on organic matter cycling, taught in high school and easy to understand which requires no further explanation. As such, the author believes that the key players in the environment (attacking global warming & climate change) should rather be soil scientists, agriculturists, foresters than environment scientists. But for the benefit of all, following are the salient features of this multi-purpose & multi-benefit Philippine technology known as implantation (performing on a hectare daily) via organic matter cycling, to wit:

      a) Recovering & stabilizing water at 4,375 metric tons per hectare a day. Purpose is to develop groundwater & aquifer and to maintain wetlands such as streams, rivers and lakes.

      b) Recapture nitrogen, not quantifiable being volatile. Purpose is to help crops & trees grow.

      m) Develop beneficial microorganisms having natural pesticide capabilities such as mychorrizae. Purpose is to kill pathogens & non-pathogens coming from urban wastes.

  20. QUESTION:
    Question about my speech?
    What do you think of my speech? Could you edit it or tell me where to add or take out things??

    Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. I wonder how many of you could tell me what these people had in common. Today, I will be discussing the STD, Syphilis.

    Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed through blood. A child in the womb can be exposed or if direct contact with syphilis sore is made, the disease can be contracted.

    Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported on other areas of the body like in the mouth or on the back.

    Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages. The Primary phase is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk.

    Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days and after 1 week it will disappear, but this does not mean that the disease is gone.

    The secondary phase develops 4 to 10 weeks after the shanker appears. This is when the majority of symptoms begin to appear such as fever, joint pain, muscle aches, sore throat, rash, headache, decreased appetite, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes.

    People often mistake this for the flu because these are all flu symptoms. This phase can go away without treatment, but then the third phase will commence.

    The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the early stages of this phase, first one to two years, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage.

    More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass them on to baby foetus through the womb.

    The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the first one to two years of this phase, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious.

    But pregnant woman can still pass the disease to their foetus through the womb. This stage is a very dangerous one as it can appear that the infection has gone, but without treatment it will not. In severe cases this phase can cause, gradual blindness, numbness and even dementia.

    There is one more rather uncommon phase known as the Tertiary Phase. This phase is rarely seen in modern times because of the aid of penicillin. But the unlucky people who develop this phase are faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems.

    Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, such as influenza, that is why syphilis can be referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, as it mimics other diseases.

    Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned a lot is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is the occurrence after a foetus has been infected in a womb.

    The form of syphilis can cause many abnormalities in the child such abnormalities as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection, skin rashes and more.

    Syphilis is an equal opportunity disease! Anyone who has sex can contract it. Therefore the only way to completely avoid it is through avoiding sexual contact. The highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39.

    Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006. Doctors believe this is because people are NOT having safe sex and are NOT aware of all the risks taken by having irresponsible sexual activity.

    Between 2005 and 2006, the number of reported syphilis cases increased by 11.8%. Rates have increased in males each year between 2000 and 2006 from 2.6 to 5.7. In 2006, 64% of the reported syphilis cases were with men who have sex with men. It is also reported that men are more vulnerable in contracting syphilis.

    Syphilis is now treated by the use of penicillin, doctors do advise that while being treated you avoid all sexual contact. And every 6-12 months an annual check up is required.

    Some interesting, yet alarming, facts I unfolded whilst studying syphilis are - The infamous Tuskegee experiments in the US were experiments in which black men with syphilis were intentionally denied treatment so that the effects of untreated syphilis could be studied.

    None of them were deliberately infected, however; they were "merely" permitted to get sicker and were misled as to the true nature of their condition. Another is that for centuries the treatment of choice for syphilis was mercury, which was painted onto the sore. This had the unfortunate side effect of causing a slow death by mercury poisoning.

    I hope that through my speech you have learnt more about the STD syphilis and know what to do if it comes your way.
    Syphilis - An "oldie" but not a "goodie"
    I am in Yr. 9

    • ANSWER:
      I just skimmed through, but I noticed you did not cite your sources, and that is a must!!! for college. I also have a college informative speech guide that my professor gave me that I could scan over to you if you wanted it.

  21. QUESTION:
    Help with speech!!????????
    Can you please edit my speech or help me put in more personal opinions and interesting facts?? THANK YOU! To make it more fun to listen to.

    Speech:

    Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. I wonder how many of you could tell me what these people had in common. It might surprise you that they all had, at some stage, syphilis. So, today, I will be discussing the perimeters of a specific STD, Syphilis. The disease was discovered in 1905 by Fritz Schauddin & Erich Hoffman.

    Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed on through blood transferring, child in womb can be exposed or direct contact with the syphilis sore. Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported otherwise.

    Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages and one not so common anymore. Primary phase; this is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk. Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days, after 1 week it will disappear, but the disease will not.

    The secondary phase includes many more symptoms. It may build up 4-10 weeks after the shanker appears. The common symptoms are: fevers, joint pains, muscle aches, sore throats, flu-like symptoms, rashes, headaches, decreased appetites, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes. This phase can go away without treatment, but the third phase will commence. The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the early stages of this phase, first one to two years, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass them on to baby foetus through the womb.

    The one, not so common, phase now is the ‘tertiary phase’. This isn’t seen much anymore because of the aid of penicillin. But for the unlucky people who contract this phase they are normally faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems.
    Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, that is why syphilis can be referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, because it mimics other diseases.

    Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned a lot is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is the occurrence after a foetus has been infected in a womb. The form of syphilis can cause many abnormalities in the child such abnormalities as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection, skin rashes and more.

    Syphilis can be exposed to anyone who has sex, but the highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39. Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not researching for you but here are some corrections so the piece will flow more smoothly. Also, there are some notes on where you need more research to complete the piece. Hope this helps -

      TITLE: The Great Pretender

      Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. Can you tell me what these people had in common? Syphilis. Today, I will be discussing the STD, Syphilis. All of you have heard of it but do you really know anything about it?

      The disease was discovered in 1905 by Fritz Schauddin & Erich Hoffman. (How? Why? What kind of research was being performed that led to this discovery?) Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed through blood. A child in the womb can be exposed or if direct contact with a syphilis sore is made, the disease can be contracted. Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported on other areas of the body. (WHERE ON THE BODY? BE SPECIFIC.)

      Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages. The Primary phase is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk. Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days and after 1 week it will disappear, but this does not mean that the disease is gone.

      The secondary phase develops 4 to 10 weeks after the shanker appears. This is when the majority of symptoms begin to appear such as fever, joint pain, muscle aches, sore throat, rash, headache, decreased appetite, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes. People often mistake this for the flu because these are all flu symptoms. This phase can go away without treatment, but then the third phase will commence.

      The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the first one to two years of this phase, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass the disease to their fetus through the womb. (This paragraph needs more detail and makes little sense. Are people outwardly ill during this phase? Are they contagious? If so, how? Through sexual contact? Blood contact? Contact of mucous membranes? This area needs more research).

      There is one more rather uncommon phase known as the Tertiary Phase. This phase is rarely seen in modern times because of the aid of penicillin. But the unlucky people who develop this phase are faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems. (Like what? Cancers? Heart disease? Does their skin fall off? Does their brain die?? What happens to them?)
      Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, that is why syphilis has been referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, because it mimics other diseases.

      Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned often is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is Syphilis that occurs when a fetus has been infected in the womb. This form of syphilis can cause many birth abnormalities in the child such as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection and skin rashes.

      Syphilis is an equal opportunity disease! Anyone who has sex can contract it. Therefore the only way to completely avoid it is through avoiding sexual contact. The highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39. Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006. (Are there any reasons why doctors think this is happening? Do YOU have any idea’s on this?)

      **You need a closing statement. Your speech needs to have a point – did you simply want your peers to know about the disease? Do you want them to avoid it? Are you concerned that the number of cases in infants has increased? Do you think more research needs to be done on it? There needs to be a logical end to this – a statement that closes the discussion**

  22. QUESTION:
    For Girls: Is it true...............?
    that the natural smell of a male body is far more sexually potent than the deodorant he uses to mask it?

    DID YOU know that the odour of your man's body is probably what makes you want to touch him? You may scoff at the idea, especially since there is such a plethora of products to disguise this- deodorants, body washes and creams. But the reality is that the natural, unscented smell of a male body and sweat is far more sexually potent than the Axe spray he applies to mask it!

    According to a study by the UK-based Social Issues Research Centre, females often get attracted to the scent of male sweat. Our bodies release certain chemical substances, called pheromones that are sensed through the nose and trigger sexual urges in prospective partners. These are secreted by sweat glands largely present in underarms, nipples, genitals, and outer ears."

    Body odour often influences a partner's sexual behaviour and women are more receptive to it," says Dr ( Col) V K Wadia, consultant, psychosexual medicine. " During a sexual intercourse, specific odours are secreted by men and it's a woman's perception how she gets influenced by them," he adds.

    Not only is body odour significant in sexual behaviour, it plays a decisive role in mate choice as well. "Men and women tend to prefer the odour of individuals who are genetically dissimilar to them," says Dr Anoop Misra, director, department of diabetes and metabolic diseases, Fortis Hospital.

    This reduces the chances of inbreeding and renders offspring more resistant to diseases and infections. However, odour preferences can vary according to hormonal changes. "Studies say that women often prefer the odour of men with good parenting skills in the 'fertile period' or the postmenstrual phase," says Dr Misra.

    ON THE other hand, men find women more attractive during ovulation. This is mainly due to the specific odour of women in that period. It has also been found that women who are emotionally bonded with their partners perceive the odour of other men less pleasant.

    So, what makes our odour so specific? Usually when we perspire, sweat reacts with bacteria present on our skin. This releases some chemicals, hence causing body odour. But it's not just an outcome of sweat. "All of us have a signature odour. This uniqueness is marked by genetics, diet, age, gender, hormones, and environmental factors," says Dr Sushila Kataria, senior consultant, internal medicine, Medanta - The Medicity.

    This explains why babies smell different from adults, and how odour changes with the onset of puberty. This also explains why some of us have specific unpleasant odours. Bad breath or strong sweat can be a sign of underlying physical problems. "Patients with diabetic ketoacidosis can have a fruity odour in their breath and skin," says Dr Misra.

    Diabetic ketoacidosis is a condition of excessively high blood sugar level that leads to formation of chemical substances called ketone bodies. Their presence causes the typical smell. The best way to prevent is to keep one's blood sugar levels in control.

    "In case of chronic kidney problem, or dysfunctional kidneys, the patient's body odour may resemble that of ammonia. This is because such patients retain more wastes or urea in the blood, that spreads to skin and evaporates with sweat," says Prof ( Dr) S C Tiwari, director, nephrology, Fortis Group of Hospitals.

    Moreover, a musty odour in hair, breath or skin could be a sign of a genetic disorder called phenylketonuria (PKU). Left untreated in early childhood, it could lead to mental retardation or brain damage later. "Similarly, bad breath could be a symptom of non-healing ulcers in the throat, lungs or respiratory tract," points out Manoj K Goel, director, pulmonology, Delhi Heart and Lung Institute. Bad breath could also be sign of bacterial pneumonia and chronic bronchitis.

    "Cough accompanied by foul smell may be a symptom of lung abscess. Such infections pose immense risks as these could result in cancer if left unattended," he cautions.

    • ANSWER:
      I get aroused by the smell of a really good cologne!


Symptoms Of A Bacterial Infection In Dogs

Written By: ibzzA1 - Jul• 11•12

Dog bacterial urinary tract infection can affect any part of the urinary tract and are more common in female dogs due to the length of their urethra. These types of infections are caused by bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E coli). Though it is likely that Escherichia coli is the culprit other types of bacteria may be the cause including, but not limited to, staphylococcus, proteus mirabilis, and klebsiella.

You may be wondering how your dog became infected. After all you take good care of your pet. The answer can be found in one of two explanations. A dog bacterial infection can gain access either through oral ingestion of unclean bacterial laden water or food, or more commonly through the urethra. One interesting side note is that dogs whose immune systems are healthy generally don't fall victim to an infection of the urinary tract, which explains why the majority of cases are animals who are over 8 years of age, or dogs who have or have had some type of immune system damaging illness.

These types of infections should not be allowed to get out of control and should be identified and treated promptly. If our list of home remedies fails to show results in a week or so, or if your dogs symptoms continue to get worse, a trip to the vet is in order where a urine evaluation (urinalysis) will be conducted and antibiotics likely will be prescribed. My goal is to help you find solutions, and sometimes the condition is simply too advanced for a home treatment option to provide the intended positive results.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Additional facts and questions about the Mystery Bug in Dogs?
    My question, quickly, Does anyone have any suggestions on homeopathic pain control for dogs and dental problems. The vet cannot respond aggressively right now because of the bug Duffie has, and he is already on Rimadyl. FURTHER:
    Thank all of you who responded to my question and starred it concerning Duffie's illness. He did much better last night and here on the eighth day of madness, I am cautiously optimistic for the first time. He is still not eating and has moments where he is in pain. Of course I can only tell from his symptoms, but those symptoms are there.

    It is early and my head is not clear so bear with me: The bug ... Please do not think this is another case of canine flu or the mutated form of Parvo. The CDC nor the vet seems to be totally aware of all of the things involved here yet and the symptoms are so wide-ranged it is very hard to pin point anything. As I said before, it begins with something very akin to Parvo, and in all the research I have done, may actually begin in areas with an otherwise healthy dog being vaccinated and then getting sick. That is what has happened in every rescue here. That is what happened with me. I took in a litter of pups from another rescue that needed some help. The pups were vaccinated and soon after began dying with what appeared to be Parvo. The only difference was they were dying very quickly. The first death occurred within 8 hours from the first symptoms, and three hours before the first symptoms the dogs were running and playing, and eating well.
    I do not know how many dogs the other rescues have lost. I was fortunate and contained it to four pups. But I can tell you when my senior dog fell ill it threw me for a total loop. He was never exposed to the sick pups and was fully vaccinated and current. He was fine one moment and eating, in fact, attempting to scarf some ice cream from me. He was totally asymptomatic and it had been a full two weeks since the last pup had passed with the mutated form of Parvo. Though by the time the last pup passed it did not look like Parvo any longer. And the test did produce positive results on only two of the pups by the way. The other two tested negative for Parvo.
    Duffie threw up twice, and it appeared to be stomach bile. He drank some water and seemed otherwise ok. There was no temp at that time. I did check. I have no issue with calling my vet at any hour. Believe me, I kicked myself over and over for letting it go that night even though Duffie seemed to get over whatever it was rather quickly.
    Then the brutal diarrhea hit. By morning and the vet he had parvo-like symptoms, with bloody diarrhea. He was showing symptoms typically associated with the very end of Parvo before death.So from onset to there was less than eight hours.
    By day four, when you normally know you have beaten Parvo, he had other symptoms that bore no resemblance to Parvo or flu. His diarrhea was positive for bacterial infection and we changed the antibiotic to Flagyl at that point. The symptoms have been treated as they arise.
    When I have a chance, I will compose a complete list of symptoms. We are fighting to understand what is going on here and all in this area are attempting to get this bug isolated and find an answer somewhere. The one thing we do know is it is not isolated to us. We have been told one thing only thus far by the powers that be: this does seem to begin with a vaccine being given and then spreads from the vaccinated dog. From what we have seen, it appears to be airborne, so please, please use care and if your dog shows any signs of being sick, act quickly and aggressively.
    Sorry for the long post but I really do want this info out there and I pray we soon see the end of this.
    The vaccines I had went straight for testing. I only had two left. I use the vet for vaccines as a rule and do not deal a lot with very young pups. I am the "abused dog" rescue. I had taken the pups as a favor from someone who was desperate and out of room. She gave me the vaccines. She refuses to acknowledge that the vaccines may be to blame but I am still looking in that direction. The two I had WERE contaminated.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathy is probably not going to work as long as you are using a regular medication, because the two work against each other - homeopathy stimulates the body to fight the symptoms, while regular medication suppresses the symptoms.

      However, once he has reached the point that he no longer requires the Rimadyl, then you can use homeopathic medications to strengthen his system.

      I will send you the online remedy finder I use.

      Did anyone check to see if the vaccines may have been contaminated? I find it strange that symptoms began shortly after vaccination.

      Have you tried consulting a holistic vet? They may have some tools in their toolbox that a regular vet does not.

  2. QUESTION:
    My dog tested negative for Parvo but has the same symptoms?
    My 15 month old dog was has suddenly become very ill 3 1/2 weeks after having puppies. Even before she got sick, after she had the puppies she seemed to lose her appetite. She was eating less- but still eating- and running around and feeding her pups and not acting sick at all. The last few days she became very lethargic, stopped eating and drinking all together, and began vomiting. We looked the symptoms up online, and realizing how serious this was, we took her to the vet immediately. They ran the usual tests, and the vet said it absolutely looked like Parvo. (By the time we got her to the vet, she had begun bleeding from her anus). They did the Parvo test, and it came back negative.They ran other tests as well, and said her uterus seemed inflamed, but concluded (after bloodwork and x-rays) that it must be Parvo.

    She is at the animal hospital on IV fluids and antibiotics, but I am wondering... Is there anything else that this could be? We have talked to the vet and they just keep saying Parvo, even though that test came back negative. I talked to a friend who said that her dog experienced the same symptoms, but that it was a bacterial infection. I've done quite a bit of reading up on Parvo, and it says that it is a VERY CONTAGIOUS virus. I've got 5 perfectly healthy pups at home showing no signs of this illness whatsoever, and a second dog (female) who also is in perfect health. If it was Parvo, wouldn't they be sick too?

    I'm just wondering if anyone else has heard anything like this before, because I am having a hard time getting my head around it. Thank you in advance for whatever advice you can provide.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be Pyometra or retained placenta causing infection.
      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_pyometra.html

      It still may be Parvo - many times the test will come back negative if it's in the early stages.

      *Some dogs with parvo have negative tests, either because it is very early in the course of the disease or late in the course (most puppies will test negative by the time they've had clinical signs for 2-3 days). Tests should be repeated on dogs that are strong suspects or used in conjunction with a CBC or blood smear.*
      http://www.sheltermedicine.com/portal/is_parvovirus_canine.shtml

  3. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have a throat infection or something else?
    I have a 3 year old eskimo poodle. today she started yelping in pain whenever she barks, and when my other dog has tried to play with her. she also cried once when i picked her up and once when I had to reel her in on her leash. She is not coughing or drooling and seems to be eating normally but is a little bit more lethargic than normal. We are in between vets right now but I will take her to one if I think she has a fever or if this gets worse. She also has a rash on her collar bone which just appeared a few hours ago. She drank some lake water (for the first time) on Monday, could she have a bacterial infection? Do any of these symptoms sound like any particular type of canine illness?

    • ANSWER:
      Im not sure but you should go to the vet.

  4. QUESTION:
    help with demodex mites and a yeast infection?
    I took my dog to the vets last week (he is a 1 year old pug if this helps), as he was suffering with his skin. The vet originally thought he had a bacterial skin infection and treated with a weeks worth of antibiotics. The symptoms did not improve, so I returned to the vets again today. The vet decided to do a skin scraping which tested for mites, yeast infections and tapeworm. The results came back showing the dog has demodex mites with a secondary yeast infection.

    The vet has given me a course of antibiotics to clear the yeast infection, 2 types of ear treatments to cure a yeast outbreak in the ear, and 3 months worth of mite treatments, which he is confident will clear his symptoms.

    The dog suffers badly with itching and has caused patches in his fur through obsessvie licking.

    Does anyone know the possible cause of this and suggest any ways in which I can help him/prevent them from returning or offer me any advice? Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Demodex mites generally live without any problems on dogs throughout their lives. They acquire the mites from their mothers as a pup. But like the first answer stated, an underlying immune disorder can start to cause problems for the dog. Normally once a dog is cured of the infection it will not get reinfected. But a dog with an underlying immune disorder will be very hard to cure. Perhaps once you clear up the yeast infection then it will be much easier to permanently rid him of the demodex infection.

  5. QUESTION:
    My 10 year old active, healthy and happy dog has sudden symptoms of pain?
    My 10 year old active, healthy and happy dog has sudden symptoms of pain. He is slightly hunching back and cannot seem to get comfy. It is now Friday, 4 days ago he was trembling for a couple of hours. That stopped that afternoon. He vomited 2 times that night BUT the whole week he is eating well, drinking water as usual, has regular urine and slightly less but still good BMs. At the park he runs and plays with his buddies BUT indoors he is whimpering and in obvious pain. Seems to be abdomen. On Thursday I took him to the vet. He had an xray and found nothing (no tumor thank goodness!). Vet says he MIGHT have a bacterial infection or inflamed intestines. Gave us four meds. Anti fungal, anti diarrheal (although he does not have loose stools), anti biotic..but no pain killers. Any ideas? He is a healthy active happy boy otherwise. He does have arthritis but this seems to be IN his tummy. He does not eat trash but does eat white snow in the park. Help.

    • ANSWER:
      Take him back to the vet and have him run a full blood panel and check for gastrointestinal issues and viruses.

  6. QUESTION:
    My dog has all the symptoms of Parvo...?
    He has been vomiting his food, not very active, depressed, goopy piles of poo the size of a quarter that look bloody and his poo smells rancid (it never smelt this bad before). He's been on and off these symptoms for a few weeks now though. When they first appeared, I took him to the emergency pet hospital and they checked for Parvo and the test came back negative. The vet told me he's probably depressed because my husband deployed recently and he had a bacterial infection. I gave him all the medicine in the bottle (not at once for those of you who will probably make a joke) and fed him the vitamins she gave me as well. She also put him on a special brand of dog food for the time being. I guess what I'm asking is, could the vet be wrong? Don't tell me to take him in again, the last bill cost me 0 and I can't pay that every 2 weeks...I want to know if anyone has had a similar problem or know of anyone who has, that can give me their view on it.
    To Nedra: As you can clearly see at the bottom, I'm asking for peoples own experience with this problem. No where in my question do I ask anyone how to treat my dogs symptoms. I've taken him to the vet multiple times and even though it's less expensive going to regular appt. It still adds up and we're not made of money. So please, if you're going to answer a question; Read everything in the question carefully before you make comments like that. If I was a dog abuser, I wouldn't be on here trying to see if anyone else had the same problems as me...I'd leave him on the street.

    • ANSWER:
      You want a bunch of people who don't know veterinary medicine to tell you how to treat your dog and make him well? That's not logical.

      Call the vet on the phone and tell her he's not improved and ask her if more medicine is needed, or what can be done. The vet needs to know the treatment has not worked, and you need to act responsibly and take the dog in if the vet says she needs to see the dog again. If you don't contact the vet and follow her recommendations, you will be treating your dog abusively. Non-treatment of a sick child OR a sick animal is abuse. If you aren't going in as an emergency, the charges should be less. -!-

  7. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever experienced with their dog the symptoms described below? If yes, how and what happened?
    I have a seven year old Brittany. She has always been very healthy. However, over the last month or so, she has stopped eating her normal dry kibble, and increased her water intake quite a bit. She's gone from 38 to 28 lbs, and we can now see her backbone, hips, and ribs more clearly, not to mention that she barks much less frequently. We took her to the vet for testing: her urine, fecal, and blood testing all came out normal, with the exception of a higher white blood cell count in her liver. We also did chest x-rays, and found nothing unusual. To get her to eat, we now have to use cold, soft food (cheese, hamburger, moist dog food, etc), sit on the floor with her, and convince her to eat. She is on antibiotics 3x a day in the event of a bacterial infection, and prednisone steroids if it's something more serious like lymphoma, as well as to make her hungry. Other than that, she still seems pretty normal in her behaviors...she has never ingested anything she shouldn't (like chip bags) either. My family kind of suspects her throat is hurting her, so maybe something is wrong there?

    The vet said he's never seen anything quite like this, but I was wondering if maybe someone else had.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to VA Tech vet school for a work up. They aren't expensive and the drive will be worth it. This could be serious and a regular vet isn't up to the job.

  8. QUESTION:
    Are most of us ordinary dog owners not communicating with our dogs enough to know simple symtoms lead to....?
    Are the ordinary dog owners of today not communicating with thier dogs enough to know some simple symptoms are leading to large issues, that may include; life long treatment, diagnoses that were too late or the death of our loved pets. Have we developed a blind spot to them even though our medical department gets clearer and stronger... Why I ask such a question is because the research I have done in the last DAY!!! just wondering around on line looking up alergens, immunities, and heredity defects to the breed I own. When we first brought our dog home he constantly rubbed, scratched and bit at himself, his skin was dry though he drank a ton durring the day and he had really bad gass though his food was of good quality (Canidae, we also tried various foods, everything was the same.) We thought it was a case of fleas which could have been present so we treated him with a vet recommended treatment (VERY EXPENSIVE :/ ), infact it was! but its so much deeper than that. Recently he had been forming sores around his feet, we thought it was the rubbing on his paws when he chewed his bones, he has gas problems, we've tried various different foods so we assumed his stomach was sensitive, typical for the breed. Just today I found allergins under the web site's listings that told about the breed and others too. All the sypmtoms led into a chain connecting all our puzzle pieces that the vet should of known right from the start though we assumed other issues, simple, to have been causeing the symptoms though they were all linked together. Our dog infact had an alergen to fleas saliva causing biting scrathing and rubbing, which could also lead to yeast and bacterial infections. from this his stomach had trouble with food, ANY food, which caused him to get upset stomaches. Vaccine overloads can also have affects like this if there are overload in parasites which can also set the dog up for attacks. From the skin irritations his body started producing Immunoglobulin E a type of cell designed to target the allergen and activates Mast Cells that release different substances including histamine, (a chemical causing itching, inflamation and swelling) and they can bunch up creating sores usually around the feet, anus and the ears. All of this was a link yet he was bred from a purina national winner and a best in show, best of breed more than 8 years in a row Sire. Are breeders only looking at the most common illnesses such as hip dysplasia, eye diseases etc these days? Are we taking these small clues and overlooking things to be whats most common, are we strenghthining our medical and behaviorist knowlegde but forgetting the dangers of, Not their background, but their DNA?
    What are your thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Phew you have really done your homework. Very interesting. I am of the opinion that breeders have gone too far to perfect their particular breeds. Only my personal opinion. I think you are correct very often checks are made on the common complaints as you say hip, eye, breathing difficulties etc but overlooking not only their DNA but also the fact that they are descendants of wolves/wild dogs. They have a whole culture that owners do not understand ie the pack mentality, many behaviour problems can be overcome not by any cruel method but just by showing them who is the pack leader and where he fits in. Their language, they have a whole body/behaviour language which can say they are sad, happy, sorry, mischievous, frightened etc which dog owners seem to simply ignore when, if they took the time to learn, would make the dog's lives and their owners so much happier.

      I have a manic collie. She is a rescue dog. I have had dogs before but as you will appreciate now and again you get that one who just steals your heart. The vet says she is a collie x but I believe she is a full blown collie - all the characteristics and quite a handful.

      My main problem with her is food! As you probably know collies eat anything, not only food but wood, coal, stones and other unmentionables. I have problems with additives, trying to get food without food colouring, treats without additives etc. Trying to stop elderly ladies giving her treats at the gate, I was busy one day, she was asleep (I thought) in the sun at the gate and came out to see her wolf down the last biscuit in the packet. A WHOLE PACKET I could have wept plus of course the added salt and sugar. I have found empty chocolate wrappers inside the front door where local children have 'posted' a treat for her through the letter box and as you know chocolate can poison a dog. I have tried to tell everyone that she has a very delicate tummy and has special food and not to give her anything but I am still having problems.

      Maybe we have had dogs in our society for so long everyone thinks they are experts. Perhaps we are rather complacent and not treating them as dogs and not humans. They are dogs with a whole different society/culture/language/behaviour to our own. Just as delightful but different. They should not be dressed up, expected to understand us without us understanding them. Not killed with kindness which is what it is coming to. Just loved - I love my girl and she can keep well away from my chocolate!

  9. QUESTION:
    Dog has sudden hair loss under eye?
    The symptoms started as a small round bump seemingly on the skin, and then through her continued scratching, a patch of irritated skin with missing fur eventually formed. She is no longer scratching at her eye, but I still have yet to notice any significant hair regrowth.

    I took her in to the vet around a month ago, and the vet diagnosed it as allergies. I immediately put her on an anti-histamine treatment, and switched back to a non-grain food. Since then, the scratching seems to have ceased, but as I mentioned earlier, there still has yet to be any significant hair regrowth. My girlfriend is worried it could be mange or a ringworm, however it does not appear chapped, scaly or red. In fact, as far as I can tell the area exhibits none of the typical symptoms of an infection. However, I do understand my dog's symptoms could just be very mild, and she still might have a minor bacterial infection or infestation.

    With that said, I have a few questions. What is the typical wait time between hair loss and regrowth for an allergic reaction? Are these symptoms typical of an infection like the ones I listed above? Is a trip to the vet warranted, or could I begin treatment for one of those symptoms without another costly visit?

    I will be happy to provide any additional information you may need in order to help make a clear diagnosis, and any information provided will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading!

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    More Canine Brucellosis in Washington info from craigslist?
    http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CanineRepro-PuppyCare/post?postID=570i_-y0j8_xfSr4-5RoaIO4q4nZ66E_vr3xSXJpOdiv_wUgW3AP9oQABakA-zqFn0DSSFoFQ1JhAJ0QMxur8g>;
    *City Government and Health reporter*

    The Lewis County Health Department is warning anyone who has purchased
    or adopted a dog from a rural Lewis County woman, to have that dog tested
    for canine brucellosis, a dangerous bacterial infection.

    According to the health department, a dog owned by a dog breeder and
    rescuer tested positive for the disease earlier this week. A total of
    four dogs are believed to have the disease, as of this morning.

    Because the infected dogs were in close contact with more than 110 dogs,
    it is very likely more dogs are infected with the disease.

    And, because the breeder kept no records, there is no way to predict how
    many more dogs with the disease have been sold.

    This breeder, who lives in the Ethel-Toledo area, sells several breeds
    of purebred and "designer" mixed breeds, including pugles (beagle-pug
    mix) and terrier-Chihuahua mixes. In addition, she rescues dogs of all
    breeds and adopts them out.

    All of the 110 dogs on her property have been tested for the disease,
    but the health department is advising anyone who may have bought or
    adopted a dog since mid-February to have the animal tested by a
    veterinarian.

    At-risk dogs were sold along state Route 508 near Mary's Corner, on U.S.
    Highway 12 at or near the Ethel Market, or from a parking lot at
    Interstate 5 exit 79 in Chehalis. The breeder's identity is
    confidential, as she has done nothing illegal. She is described as a
    woman in her 20's or 30's. She sells the dogs out of a red car.

    The Department of Agriculture has quarantined the breeder's property and
    she is forbidden to sell, give away, or otherwise remove any of the
    animals now there, said Kathleen Eussen, health department director.

    Canine brucellosis is a bacterial infection that causes abortions and
    infertility in females, and reproductive problems and infertility in
    males. Because treatment is rarely successful in dogs, it is recommended
    that dogs with the disease be euthanized. Symptoms may be unnoticed in
    females, but males may have testicular swelling and infections. Other
    possible symptoms include lethargy, loss of libido, premature aging and
    swollen lymph nodes, according to the International Veterinary
    Information Service.

    The disease, which may be transmitted to humans, is very rare in Washington.

    For information, telephone a veterinarian or the health department at
    740-1222.

    • ANSWER:
      Thanks for the info. I would like to know what has happened to this puppy mill breeder??

  11. QUESTION:
    Question about my potentially expecting Yorkie/Schnauzer?
    On June 4, my now 10 month old pup was accidently let out of the house and bred with our aunts small dog. The signs had stopped so I let her out a few minutes to use the bathroom, and was watching her from my window to make sure she was okay like I had before. I looked up and saw it happening and immediately seperated the two, so their was no time for them to "tie" but I guess long enough for her to conceive. It was during the end of her second week in heat, and we are thinking because of her age, it was her first cycle although there was period a few months prior she was "spotting"-the vet said it could've been "puppy heat" and not the real deal-Anyways, she's since developed all the symptoms of pregnancy. However, I've been really careful about what she eats because she's very prone to getting bacterial infections from certain dog foods (she got it twice from eating Caesars). We gave her the vet recommending Science Diet, which she gobbled up for a little while. But since her potential pregnancy, she hasn't touched the stuff. I went a week keeping both the dry and moist Science Diet out and she would nibble here and there, but I was afraid she wasn't eating near enough for both her and the pups. Also she would go into periods where she would drink very little water some days, then others she'd be lapping up the entire bowl in one sitting. I was afraid she was just tired of Science Diet so I began to alternate her food to Purina "One" and Ol Roy and she eats it up. But within this past week, I guess bw 28-36 days of being bred, she's been throwing up a couple of times, won't let us pick her up(even if we're careful not to touch her stomach, and being far too calm and sluggish for her usual energetic behavior. So my questions are these:

    1. Could she have gotten the bacterial infection from my changing her food from Science diet or Purina and Ol Roy and this could be causing the vomiting, sluggishness, and irritablility? Or are these common signs of a normal pregnancy?

    2. Will they be able to treat an infection if she is pregnant?

    3. We're afraid she was bred during her first heat, so if this isn't an infection causing such strange symptoms, could it be a result of a bad pregnancy (I've heard if they get pregnant during first heat, she's less likely to carry them full term and could easily miscarriage causing infections and other health problems for her.

    I realize it was my poor ownership that allowed this to happen. I was informed that their heating cycle only lasted at most a week and a half, and since she stopped showing signs by the end of the second, we didn't question it. And I know spaying directly after was an option but, I didn't have the heart to after I found out that she may be carrying pups. I called the vet first thing this morning, but they couldn't fit her in until late this afternoon and I guess I'm just worried and impatient to find out what's wrong. If you are an owner, a breeder, or work in a vet clinic and have honest, sincere answers, I would very much appreciate the help. Thank you very much
    Thank you for your help and opinions. Like I said before, I know it was my fault this happened, and I'm not blaming anyone else but myself and I know that the vet, who I am seeing today at 2:15 btw, is the one I should wholeheartedly rely on. But I posted the question on here for others who may have had pets in this situation or have seen it. It was a stupid mistake to not get eduated on the subject beforehand, but the fact is, as wrong as it was of me, what's done is done and I have to consentrate on my dog now. So those who feel compelled to include a lecture in the answer, that's ok, but keep in mind that we as loving dog owners are on here to help others concerning their dog, not searching for someone to chew out for something that can't be fixed. It's not about me, it's about her and her health, so that's the kind of answers that's needed. And I'm aware of the euthanization problem, trust me, these puppies will be taken care of.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately that was probably the most likely time for her to have gotten pregnant. If you can go ahead and get her fixed before the pregnancy would cause complications to do so.

  12. QUESTION:
    Another posting on the Dog "Mystery Bug" Has anyone else had a problem in the last two weeks?
    Please bear with me on this. As those of you who have been following this with me know, it is a booger, period. We are still dealing with it in many of the rescues. My vet has several cases hospitalized right now, monitoring all changes.Remember: this is not just puppies. This is dogs of all ages, vaccinated or not. Has anyone had a dog get sick with "parvo-like" symptoms at the start, in the past two weeks? If so, what were the symptoms as the disease process progressed and what, if anything, was the final diagnosis. What treatments did you use? Did you have the "distemper" or the "canine flu" symptoms that some have reported? Did the vet find any bacterial infections?
    Also, was there a vaccination given around the time your dog got sick? If so, where did you get the vaccine?

    Duffie has recovered other than being left a little weak. The vet and I went back over the duration of the problem and decided exactly what the symptoms show. We not only used Duffie for this, but included the other dogs who have presented with the same symptoms, because there are points where the illness seems to go different directions in different dogs.

    It always begins with Parvo-like symptoms. But it is NOT Parvo. The aggressive treatment used for Parvo does, however, start the recovery process. And the only thing you can do, just like with Parvo, is treat the symptoms.
    Once the dog appears to be recovering and the owner is convinced they were indeed dealing with Parvo, regardless of what the SNAP test said, the next round hits, and it looks, in some, oddly like distemper. There is the runny nose and green discharge. and within the first hours, seizures can begin. (This does not happen in every case, but has presented in some) It is NOT distemper. Continue aggressive therapy at this point with fluid, anti-nausea meds, anti-diarrheal meds... all the things you do for Parvo. At this point, regardless of anything else, you will begin to notice the diarrhea has changed. It will now appear to be a bacterial infection and there may or may not be blood in the feces. What is amazing is that there is anything in the dog to come out because the stomach is well-rested. But it does come in small amounts. And at this point the dog is very, very sick. Antibiotics are begun. Flagyl worked best for Duffie. The others had little effect. There are several bacteria that have been found in various dogs so, guys, this illness is still a mystery. It is like someone picked up a symptom book and randomly threw them at dogs.
    Different antibiotics are going to work on different dogs because it is never the same bacteria. The pups in the rescue a few miles from me were put on the older drug SMZ. That seems to be helping.
    Between the two of us, we lost 11 pups to this and have had a lot of 9older dogs get sick. Duffie was never exposed to the rescue animals and, in fact, got sick a full two weeks after I lost the last pup that was sick. I, of course, used bleach on everything and I used it full strength in the end. I donned gloves and old clothes and scrubbed.
    I am very thankful that it seems to have been handled at my house and in my kennel, but I know there are others dealing and we do need to find out what is causing this. If one particular bacteria could be isolated, we would know, but with so many dogs having the same symptoms and then testing for different bacteria, it makes it dumbfounding.
    Again, dogs are dying. Vaccinated, well-cared for dogs are getting very sick and dying without care. Please, please, those of you in rescue know what to do, but everyone else, get your dog to the vet or lose him. This is a terrible virus/ bacterial infection and requires an entire arsenal of treatment.
    Please, those of you who are not serious, do not waste my time right now with other things. This disease is killing dogs and we are trying to find answers here. I am not trying to be mean, but this is very serious. Also, please, those of you who have dogs: At the first sign of sickness, get to the vet. The earlier the treatment begins, the better the prognosis. And the prognosis is bleak unless you are aggressive. Then your chances at best are 50/50. If there is an outbreak of this in your area, keep your dogs home please. If they are not sick, let's keep them well. Call the vet before you go and let them know you think your dog may be contagious so they can usher you to a room.
    @Cookie: I am very familiar with that group and I had not thought about this. Thank you. I lost a dog in September to Cushings/Diabetes. We fought it for four years and she had a good life. In fact, that was Duffie's sister. I will report this to the site. You are right. They will at the very least be interested in this.
    I am in Southeastern NC. But this is in other areas as well. It is not flu. It has all the symptoms of these ailments and presents as Parvo in the beginning. Duffie never got the runny nose nor the "difstemper" symptoms but some of the pups I had in my rescue did.
    @Miss Manners: that does make sense and I have purchased some tablets from a very nice person I met through the list you sent me...THANKS!!! And I believe that is one of the things that really helped Duffie. 24 hours after beginning the tablets he was feeling better. And they are all natural...go figure. My vet was so impressed at the turn around he has the name I mentioned and is goign to give the person a call. As I said to you before... we never know until we get down to no choices left.

    • ANSWER:
      It occurs to me that the bacteria in the second round may be different with each dog simply because the first (virus/bactera) lowers the immune system so much that the dog picks up whatever happens to be in his environment as a secondary infection (hope that makes sense.)

      Maybe the second bacterial infection is not part of the disease, but just a result of the lowered immune response.

      Just throwing out thoughts, here.

      Have you tried repopulating the gut with beneficial bacteria? Im wondering if that might help crowd out the bad stuff, and I know any serious round of antibiotics will do damage to the beneficial bacteria.

  13. QUESTION:
    What might be causing these health problems?
    Symptoms:

    upper abdominal pain (right side), stomach pain & no appetite , constipation, chest pain (both sides and center - "heat pain"), back, neck, and shoulder pain, throbbing headaches, "tingly" numb sensations, bad breath, and the feeling that your throat is constricted, muscle aches and joint pain, teeth grinding, drooling while sleeping, and excessive weakness?

    A parasite? What kind? A bacterial infection? A disease of some sort? My doctor thought it was stress, but did some tests for my piece of mind & found a cyst approximately 9 mm in diameter in my brain. But then he dismissed it as "congenial" and said he didn't think it necessary to address at this time. Meanwhile, my mother is getting very upset because I keep getting worse and she says I "smell sick." I asked the doctor if I might have contracted a parasite, as suggested by the vet since my dog was EXTREMELY ill, and he said no b/c I haven't traveled outside the states.

    Any suggestions??? I am in a LOT of pain!
    I have called a psychologist, and while I should probably be seeing one for anger and stress issues, they were also concerned about the cyst the MRI found. Otherwise, yes, I am addressing "mental" issues as well. It has been basically determined, however, that the physical ailments have little to do with the emotional aspect of it all (minus causing stress over my poor health).

    • ANSWER:
      when in doubt you and your mom need to consider a 2nd oppinion. don't feel bad about it if you do because it is your life and if you don't take care of it no one will. you definatley have a lot of symptoms and when you mentioned the growth in your head then maybe you need to see a neurologist and have a CT. any tests that you've already had done belong to you. so check them out from the place they were done at and take them with you for some piece of mind and hopefully a diagnosis that makes you better.

  14. QUESTION:
    Toxic Mold?
    We have black toxic mold in our house. Currently me, my husband and dog have experienced symptoms from the exposure. We are staying at a friends house and I was wondering if any of you knew once you have gotten away from it how long the symptoms last.

    Currently my symptoms are a headache, lightheaded, dizzy, sore throat and cough. My husband has all the same symptoms along with a runny nose. My dog has had several bacterial infections in her tummy. We didn't realize we were sick from mold until a few months after we were exposed. We don't have any major respiratory symptoms.

    Basically I am wondering when the hell my headache will go away? It's not helped with any medicine. If anyone knows anything let me know! Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many different types of black molds with varying toxicities.You should have a sample analyzed to find out what type you are dealing with.Don't take mold exposure lightly Go see a doctor.Some people have great difficulty recovering from mold exposure. Good luck.Get informed.

  15. QUESTION:
    Wheezing badly, took Trip too ER, recieved nebulizer treatments etc... how do i beat this infection? 8 days?
    its been 8 days of labored breathing, poor sleep and non stop wheezing! after 3 days i went too a family doctor, her name was pam shaible of cincinnati, she did nothing for me and i left. i knew after this doctor blew me off that i would be getting worse quick! i went too a primary care doctor that im not connecting with as she listened too my breathing and blew me off! extreme wheezing and shortness of breath and i thought no inhaler? no antibiotics? i was set up for failure as 4 days later or so i had too go too the ER for breathing treatments... well this time i picked up some antibiotics called doxycycline, some inhaler called Q-var, and some stuff called pro-air? initially they prescribed -pack zythromax which is useless for me for some reason... i asked for amoxicillin as i respond really well too it and they wrote the doxycycline etc...

    heres my question, the diagnosis said acute ashtma bronchitis? never heard of both at same time usually its one or the other? how long does it take for this too pass? im slamming fluids in and the antibiotics on the way. this condition is continually re-occurring? im in the docs or ER for breathing treatments, antibiotics or severe sinus infections etc... now the tightness of the chest is frequent.... obviously i have too switch doctors as this last doc screwed me and blew me off which resulted in the ER visit a few days later etc.. now im sick as a dog, high fever, body aches from hell and im eating ex strength acetaminophen like candy ie. w a percocet here n there as well... how do i get through this, is it a virus? as my temp shot up like crazy! quick! is it bacterial as the infection in my chest and sinuses never leaves! what is wrong w me? do i need allergy shots or a new weather scene in a new city? i live in a river valley thats heaven for allergy doctors as people are always sick with allergy/sinus issues etc...

    how and where do i begin as my doc is fired! searching for a new doc and hoping too treat the source or the problem versus the symptoms... thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I would say find a new doctor. If you are prone to bronchitis it can recur when you get chest colds or upper respiratory infections of any kind.

      You most likely should be refered to a doctor that specializes in lung disorders.

  16. QUESTION:
    Two dogs - stool problems.?
    It's hard for me to condense this but I've done my best.

    It started with one of my dogs (Brussels Griffon) having one bout of severe vomiting and ongoing diaherra starting a month ago. Within the day my other dog - a shih Tzu- was having stool problems too with mucous and light crème coloured and small amounts after straining. Feces tests done on both, nothing found but vet put both dogs on a 5 day regimen of Metrocyline (sp) and things did not really get better, so then a round of amoxicillin plus food switch to Gastro (kibble and soft).

    Things got pretty much back to normal for the Shih Tzu (after he got over his constipation) and the Brussels was still having soft poo but no diaherra. This weekend, the Brussels had severe diaherra AGAIN. Went to vet, she gave me probiotics which helped, but stool is now clumpy and cream coloured (like what the shih Tzu had a month ago). The shih Tzu, a day later is having lighter than normal coloured stool, but mishapen and only now very small amounts after straining.

    They are indoor dogs, indoor paper trained, which eliminates eating/drinking outside stuff. They are as energetic as ever, playing, eating fine (shih tzu is eating gastro kibble and soft mixed, the brussels is eating a bit of gastro kibble but after this last bout of diaherra, vet advised to give white rice and cottage cheese-could this be what is making feces cream colored?). The Brussels also has Coprophagia which we have been diligently trying to stop thinking a re-infection may occur if this is some type of bacteria. They do not eat rawhide or bones (which I know can cause white stool).

    This all started after a switch of foods 1 1/2 months ago, it was the same food but new bag, Costco's Kirkland’s lamb and rice kibble, with 4 days, this whole mess started so i immediately stopped the kibble. I returned the food to Costco and launched a complaint. Oh, and my parents dog (whom had same food out of same bag) also got sick but is now 100% but he had diaherra with blood and vomiting nonstop (Min Pin) ----and he had not visited my dogs at all (in case it was an infectious thing)....so suffice to say this is all really confusing.

    Any ideas? Could it be Giardia - even though no other symptoms? Could it be an allergy or developed food intolerance for both? Bacterial problem? Virus? I can't see liver problems in both dogs, they're only 5 and 2 but could it happen?
    clarification - when they go outside, they are walked on a leash. When I mean indoor trained, is when we are not home, as we have to work, they are trained to go on pads. AND we just don't open the back door and let our dogs run amock without supervision especially since one of them have coporphagia and where we live has a high population of squirells/raccoons that hang out in your backyard. So their walks are on a leash on the pavement and grass and they do not have access to drink from puddles etc. Hope this helps for anyone who thinks I am CRUEL. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, no dogs should be indoor trained, dogs HAVE TO go outside, be free, run as much as they can and want, this is so wrong. Please take your dogs outside to do their thing; it's torture because that's what they're supposed to be doing outside, not in the house.

      This also affects their health in a negative way because it's not normal. It's not how the dogs are supposed to function.

  17. QUESTION:
    RESCUES: Are there any others who are dealing with the "dog mystery bug?"?
    First: Please excuse my scattered brain. It has been a very long two weeks, going on the third now.
    I am just putting some feelers out to see if I can try and understand a bug that we are dealing with in the local rescues. My Senior Schnauzer also has it so this is not a puppy ailment like I originally thought. The vet told me he has seen a lot of this in recent weeks and we are fighting but I wanted to see if anyone may have a clue as to what this is or if anyone has met with any better success at treating it.
    It begins with very Parvo-like symptoms. We isolate and begin the treatment for Parvo. Now, here my Senior had the Parvo-like symptoms and that sort of floored me since my dogs are all current on vaccines. But, with little else to go on, I began treating him as I do the pups. Of course we also use the vet so this is not one of those people who like to look for a diagnosis and treatment online. This just seems to be a very crazy bug and the vet is treating symptoms as they come. Seems that is all we can do with this one.
    Once the parvo-symptoms are gone, and have run a typical four day course, it looks as if things are returning to normal, but the pup still will not eat. Most of the parvo survivors I have dealt with are ravenous by the time the virus is up, so there is the first deviation. Some will begin to show signs of distemper next, and we have had some fall to this stage.(This is happening with dogs of all ages, vaccinated or not). But there are others who will dissipate into a bacterial infection. The darn thing does not seem to have an end. Those who recover tend to do well after, but getting to the recovery is a very long trip.
    Has anyone else been seeing any signs of this, or does anyone have a clue as to what may be going on here?
    The resilient strain of Parvo is what we thought it was in the beginning. Bit it has metamorphed into the respiratory symptoms and bacterial infections that "Dances" mentioned. I pray the two week mark will do it, and for the sake of the puppy rescue about five miles from me, I am really hoping this crap is not airborne. She lost two today and I think she has lost a total of seven. I lost four pups and thought I had it licked, but I do not deal a lot with pups. The four pups I have are healthy. Three Pits were badly abused, but not sick, and the fourth is a "parvo litter survivor." Although the parvo hit quicker and went through the pups faster than any I have ever seen. The first pup was dead with 8 hours from onset of symptoms.
    My senior dog is sick and that is a "treat the symptoms" situation right now, but we are well into the sixth day on it. Please wish me well with that one.
    Anyone who wants to cross post may do so. I am thoroughly convinced my senior survived the Parvo phase and have no doubt that is what it was. I know the four pups that began this all died from Parvo. And they were healthy one day, and dead the next, literally. Ironically, they died in the order they had received their vaccines. The litter was four males and one female. The female survived. This does mutate into somethign else though and all of these responses tell me that it is not isolated to here. The symptoms seems as varied as the dogs themselves. And it goes from one problem to the next. My Duffie seems to be doing a little better today but I am frightened almost to say it.
    Chi Girl: If you hear anything else from Illinois, please let me know. And you are doing the right thing to keep your dogs inside. it is very hurtful to know you ahve done everything in your power to keep your dogs healthy and then watch this darn bug hit and wreak havoc.
    I have extended the expiration on this, hoping I can report good news after we see the vet again. But, guys, the CDC and the vets have not been able to tell me a lot here. Treat the symptoms. Those of you with dogs, and that deal with sick animals, get your IV fluids stocked up and get prepared for the long haul if one gets sick. By the way, the bolus of fluid under the skin has seemed to work better than an IV as the dogs do tend to go from dehydration to an almost fluid overload state with the wet respirations. Lasix helps. It is strange to give a dog an IV and Lasix at the same time, but whatever works!!! Also, the person who wrote about Flagyl (metronidazole), YES...that is the only thing that has had any effect at all on this.
    I am almost afraid to post that Duffie is doing better tonight.
    But you guys, please, as Chigirl said, this is something to be feared as a lot of dogs are not recovering. And it is not just the shelter dogs and those that have not been vaccinated. This is well cared for dogs with nothing wrong until this bug hits and then situations go from bad to worse. The reason I said I am afraid to say he is doing better, int he past, every time he would get betterm, within a few hours, another symptom would hit with a fury. I am holding my breath and cautiously relieved.
    I wish I could put my finger on something like the dog flu or parvo and say, that is it, but it is not. If we could name it, we could eventually do better than treating the symptoms as they arise. It begins as a viral infection and ends with a bacteral one with other symptoms and problems in between. When my vet does not have the answer, I know it is bad.
    Duffie has recovered. He is weak and apparently oine of the few of the seniors to survive this. I will not say it was easy, but the key is extremely aggressive treatment from the start and no cutting back until they begin to eat.
    Thanks all of you. It is a bacterial infection and it leaves the dog very weak for a while after recovery. so be prepared for the long haul if your dog gets sick. It is also highly contagious so keep the dog in isolation. But we have proven it can be beaten.
    Thanks guys and best of luck.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! I mostly definitely have!!!

      I have a friend who has been dealing with this for a few weeks now. It kills some pups & others live. Starts out like Parvo, but there is no vomiting or diarrhea, the pups do not want to eat or drink, they absolutely refuse. She took them to the Vet, they tested neg. for Parvo, well then as they started to get better with fluids, distemper-like symptoms came on.

      I know exactly what you are going through, all of my dogs are fine, but I know more than one person who is dealing with this, if you find out anything let me know, it's driving me crazy. We've been trying to figure out what it is exactly, Parvo, Distemper, etc...even the VET is stumped.

      I hope your dog feels better soon & pulls through whatever the heck this is.

      Oh & this all started here after someone dumped a dog off at my friends house, she felt sorry for the pup & started to take him in & feed him, a couple days later he started laying around acting very lethargic, but no vomiting or diarrhea, 12 hours later he was dead.

      This has me terrified because even though my dogs are vaccinated...I'm scared to even take them out of my yard & I don't plan to now, since I see this is not an isolated incident.

      I'm in Illinois, by the way.

      ADD--I'm glad to hear Duffie is doing better. My friend is also dealing with 2 pups who seem to be showing signs of improvement although no where near full recovery. Just hang in there. I noticed some seem to think this is the "Dog Flu" In my opinion, it is not. Another odd thing about this "bug" is with my friends dogs/pups, none of them are running a fever at the moment. With Parvo, the Parvo I know anyways, there is almost always fever. My vet is stumped & although has been giving fluids through a syringe & vitamin B, there seems to be a very slow recovery. Whatever this is, IS taking hold of vaccinated dogs as well, so obviously it is something new. I'm terrified, as I myself have a 5 month old pup who is fully vaccinated & it means nothing as far as this particular bug is concerned. I really hope some light can be shed on this soon.

      I have done so much research on known & "new" illnesses affecting canines & nothing I have came across described these symptoms as they are.

      It's weird, but it is almost like a combination of Parvo & Distemper with a few differences in symptoms.

      At first I thought maybe it could be CPV-2c which is the newer strain of Parvo, because on certain Parvo tests it can give a negative, however after doing some reading it said that both strains of Parvo are still so much alike that the CPV-2 vaccinations should still be effective against both strains, which doesn't explain why vaccinated dogs are becoming ill.

      To be honest, it almost sounds more like Distemper than anything....but how could that be?

      I'm as stumped as I've ever been, my friend calls me up, at first I tell her sounds like Parvo, then after a few more days she calls me up, I tell her it sounds like Distemper. She is trying to find the answers as the Vet has none to offer.

      I do not know if this will help, but my friend lives way out in the middle of nowhere & often has wildlife including Raccoons & Coyotes on her property, Distemper is very common among wildlife, it is possible that a Coyote or Raccoon is spreading this illness or a mutant version of it to dogs/pups...Something to ponder.

      Something else to think about, Canine Parvo Virus actually mutated from the Panleukopenia Virus (Feline Distemper) back in the 1970's. The way I understand it, no one is sure exactly how that happened, but it did.

  18. QUESTION:
    Has anyone else had to give their dog a chemical bath to clear demodex mites?
    My poor little guy is one year old and is suffering quite badly with demodex mites.

    Skin scrapings and testing has shown a high level of mites as well as a yeast and bacterial infection. He has been undergoing a course of treatment over the past few months which has helped his symptoms - but not cured them. The bacterial infection and yeast infection has cleared but the mites remain!

    My vet thinks the underlying cause of it may be an allergy. However, he wants to treat the mite problem first to make the dog more comfortable and to see if the problem could just purely be the mites before we start the costly process of testing for allergies/diet testing.

    To treat the mites, my vet gave 'advocate' as treatment. This was supposed to clear the mite problem up with 4 uses (one pipette a month). We are onto the last pipette now and while he does not scratch/lick/bite himself as often, at times he still appears uncomfortable. At my last visit to the vet, the mite number had dramatically reduced, but he still had live mites on his body and so the vet mentioned that our other option could be a chemical bath. He is reluctant to give my dog this treatment as it can often have horrible side effects for the dog. Has anyone else used this method of treatment? If so, did it work? did it effect the dog badly? did it prevent the problem from returning?

    We are back at the vet in the morning for another skin scraping to look at the number of mites on his skin and discuss where to go from here, just wanted to hear from first hand experience what this 'chemical bath' was like.
    My vet will be the one giving my dog the first bath. He wants me to stay at the surgery with him while he washes the dog to show me how to do it properly and how much to use. He said he will make up a solution in bottles for me to take home which will be safe to put straight on without me having to add water etc. He has checked with the manufacturer of the product that it is safe for use on pugs as he knows the treatment can't be used on chihuahuas (I don't know why?!?) Apparently I will have to wash him every 2 weeks for 2 months with it?

    • ANSWER:
      Demodex mites are an immune system problem.

      This person has developed a program that really boosts the immune system, and safely manages demodex outbreaks.
      My niece just got the stuff from her for her pregnant boxer who had ivermetin toxicity. . The cost for 3 month supply was , and her demodex is in remission, even with the stress of pregnancy.
      Here is her contact info:
      http://naturalrearing.com/coda/404.html

      Meanwhile, switch your pug's food to a grain-free formula, such as Evo (most widely available at LOCALLY owned pet supplies).
      Other Grain free foods are listed and evaluated here:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=grain_free

      Add yogurt to her current diet, (about a 1/4 cup per day) while you are making a gradual change to a new food.

  19. QUESTION:
    Earlier my mom gave our dog a ham bone after easter dinner. She is vomiting and was shaking; Any advice?
    Everything really is stated above. From what I have read; it is very deadly for dogs to have ham bones. I really just want to know if this could be anything other than the bone. Any help is appreciated.

    To best explain the symptoms in-depth: about 12 hours after we gave her the bone. We attempted to give her medicine (As she has a bacterial infection) and we normally put the pill in a piece of bologna. She didn't accept it which is very odd as she eats almost anything. When we saw she wasn't wanting to eat. We also noticed that she was shaking. She then proceeded into our dining room and vomited and once we attempted to approach her; she growled at us. We took her outside where she vomited some more. She didn't want to come back inside, eventually once we got her back inside, she didn't want to move at all. Then she vomited once more. As soon as I saw how fast the severity of this was progressing. I started typing this.

    Sorry about all of that so clustered together. I can't focus on punctuality. As stated above, any help is much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      There are two types of bones that have been cooked that are bad for dogs, one is Ham the other Chicken. They are the worst kind.

      I would take your dog immediately to the vets, impaction is a major cause of problems for dogs.

      I would not even have begun to type your message, if I had given a ham bone and my dog was doing that I would have already been at the vets.

      Off you go, at least call them for advice. Good Luck to your baby girl.

  20. QUESTION:
    9 month old Boxer/Beagle mix with a swollen, Itchy mouth?
    About 3 weeks ago I took my dog to a vet because she had a fever, swollen eyes and mouth, pimple like bumps around her nose and mouth with bloody puss, lethargic, no appetite at all, itching, ear infection and pain around the mouth. They said it was either an allergic reaction or bacterial infection so they put her on an antibacterial medication called Cephalexin (500mg 2 times a day). She started to get a little better for the first 3 days, but by the 7th day she was even worse and had new symptoms. We decided to take her to a different vet. When we took her she had all the same symptoms as before but the added symptoms were joint pain and she would just lay on the couch and not move. I looked online and she had the same symptoms as "Puppy Strangles" I even looked at the pictures of other dogs and it looked just like her. We told the new vet what we thought it could be but they didn't think that was what she had. They said she had Arthritis in her joints and gave her a steroid shot ( don't remember what it was called) and ear drops for her ear infection and put her on Prednisone. After 2 days of being on the Prednisone she was about 50% better and by 5 day later she was 100% better. She has now been on the Prednisone for about 2 and 1/2 weeks and only has 4 more days. The 1st 5 days we had to give it to her 2 times a day and then the next 5 day 1 time a day and now we are on the last 5 days and we have to give it to her every other day and now that we are giving it to her less her lips are starting to get swollen and it is itching really bad again. I don't know what it could be or why it would be coming back again or even if it cured it or just covered it while on the medication and now that we aren't giving it to her as often its coming back. we are going to have to take her back to the vet on monday but I thought I should see if anyone has any ides or has had this happen to their dog. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If it is an allergic reaction the Prednisone will treat the symptoms but not "cure" the allergy. There is almost certainly an allergen in your home that she keeps exposing herself to - and causing immune system responses and vulnerabilities that result in everything else.

      Ask the vet about allergen testing or try switching to a allergy food like duck and potato. If it's not diet related, it may be related to chemicals in the environment. Try switching household cleaners and detergents to something hypoallergenic.

      Good luck

  21. QUESTION:
    Whelping complications continued.....?
    Original Question here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AvWXpp8jTq7PTe1_qR3NvxHsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20090524043651AAplhSn

    Believe me there is nothing I would like right now then to take my dog to the vet. However I live in a small town with one vet who seems to not be reachable today. During the pregnancy I kept in contact with the vet and researched and applied everything I could. It's not like I just sat back and let nature do all the work. If you read the previous question. She did birth one pup fine. Once it became apparent that there was a problem I took her to the vet who upon examination found 2 more pups and told me that one of the two was deceased. He gave her an injection to get contractions going and within half an hour the 2nd healthy pup was born. That was Friday. Saturday evening she birthed the deceased pup. My first concern is infection of course becuse of the deceased pup. Metritis would probably be the main culprit in this case so I looked up the symptoms.

    * Discharge from the vulva that smells bad; discharge with pus, or pus mixed with blood; discharge that is dark green:

    At first after the birth of the deceased pup yes there was some foul dark colored discharge going on. However as time passed the discharge has become far less potent bearing on no smell at all and is now clear.

    * Swollen, dough-like abdomen- No, she does not have this one. As a matter of fact she looks famished. Which stands to reason because I was feeding her 2-3 times the usual amount of food required and she was huge while pregnant. I don't get this at all. She did stop eating a day before the birth and hasn't had much if anything since. Nearly 3 days.

    * Dehydration- She does seem to be a tad dehydrated but it doesn't seem severe. Her nose is cool and wet, she has watery eyes, her skin doesn't snap back into place but it doesn't stay pinched either. She does go to the water bowl about once every hour for a good drink.

    * Dark red gums- They are not Dark red but bright red if not pink.

    * Fever- This I haven't been able to check but as soon as I can I will.

    * Reduced milk production- The two surviving pups feed well and are not whiny and nap good and have fat little bodies. That may just be her original milk production though.

    * Depression- She was never really a lively dog. She was given to us by someone who had 4 other dachshunds and they said the other dogs used to pick fights with her a lot. She has always been distant but loves wagging her tail when she is in a loving mood. After the first pup was born she was walking around wagging her tail. I haven't seen it today though.

    Lack of appetite- She won't eat anything offered to her.

    * Neglect of puppies- No she takes care of them well. Let's them suckle and licks them from time to time.

    * Increased heart rate if the bacterial infection has become systemic- Doesn't seem fast to me when compared to our male.

    So taking all this into consideration should I be worried or not? The one I really don't like is the not eating. She isn't vomiting the water or anything like that. She isn't frequently urinating either.

    I will get her spayed as soon as she is ready for it. I'll never have puppies again. Might stud out our male though.
    @Love- The Male is actually a pretty good specimen. Smart and very healthy. The female was smaller and like I said she did have the personality problems. Believe me when I say I have learned my lesson from this experience.

    @Brooker- I'm burnt out man. I've been on consant watch since Friday. Maybe 7-8 hours of sleep since then.
    I took her temp and it is 102.1. trying a few things to try to get her to eat.

    • ANSWER:
      All these complications and you STILL want to stud out your dog and produce poorly bred, overbred animals? WOW....

      Maybe losing your dog to birthing complications will teach you. Probably not, but we can only hope

  22. QUESTION:
    What skin problem does my son have??? Been to three doctors... he is so itchy?
    My 10 year old started itching with lots of little bumps... the doctor said it was fleas or some type of infestation. We had our dogs checked (nothing) and cleaned his room... even removed him from it. Also, the other three of us in the family have nothing. It started getting worse so we took him to a walk in place on the weekend... they said it was scabies... treated him for that and still got worse. The small bite like marks became round flat slightly raised circles. They are on his arms, hands, legs, feet and just a little on his face and trunk. So, I demand to take him to a dermatologist. She really has no idea what it is... says a bacterial infection and ignores the way I told her it started... the little bumps were not a bacterial infection. He has been on an antibiotic for 6 days and creams, too. It does not look worse and maybe a little better.... He is very itchy and looks awful. There are NO other symptoms. It has been three weeks. Any ideas??? Please help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      What ever the problem is, try to get him to use a warm, damp cloth to relieve the itching instead of just digging. My wife has the problem and has had it since youth and tears her body up with the digging. Does he have dry skin? He may have hives.

  23. QUESTION:
    Any Suggestions on what to do?
    I own a 2 year old dalmatian named Srgt.Pepper. He's had a sort of rash on his body for a really long time. He got it from some other dog when he was about 5-6 months old. I've been to a few vets and none of them can diagnose it correctly. Every time I ask them what it is, they just tell me its some sort of fungal/bacterial infection. The thing is ... they all know the symptoms! (itchy bumpy patches on his body). All they ever give me are some antibiotics which don't work for him and lotion to take away the itch. Because of the amount of medication he's taken, he's quite skinny and its also weakened his stomach. I really don't know what to do because, nothing seems to be working. I'm trying some new shampoo that a friend who owns a dog shelter suggested. Its called Micodin. I've also looked up different stuff online but nothing to seems to match my dog's problem. Also he has a very small appetite and doesn't eat alot, he's very picky and won't eat a lot of things that I try to give him and I'm really running out of options of what to try feeding him. I usually feed him chicken liver with rice and veggies, pedigree, cottage cheese (paneer), curd and fish once in a great while cuz I heard it's bad for him (but he loves it). I was told to stop giving him beef and goat as they are red meats and he gets stomach infections. So please, I could really use some suggestions... :D

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't sound like he contracted it from another dog, it sounds like your dog has allergies and they will usually show at about 6mths. A dog can have allergies to anything and everything it may be one thing or it may be 100 different things. It's common for dogs to have allergies and for it to affect there skin and appetite. Your dog may be showing signs of depression caused by the skin irritation. My dog has a skin problem and like Srgt Pepper he too had Itchy bumps and patches all over his body. His is caused by a allergy he has towards something, but we still are unsure just what it is that causes it. I have tried everything for his skin and the one shampoo that seems to work well is the medicated skin irritation shampoo for dogs called malaseb. It's highly toxic and when using it you have to be careful that your dog doesn't lick it or that it gets in there eyes, also its not to be left on your dogs skin for any longer that 10minutes. Like with everything medicated care must be taken when used and directions must be followed. If you google it, read the reviews.
      There could be several reasons why your dog is picky and has a small appetite, they may not even be linked to the skin irritation. As too like Skin irritations Dalmations are prone to being picky eaters, you may just need to try and test and few products and varieties before you find the food preference he loves. Another thing to remember is don't kill your dog with kindness, certain foods can be very harmful to your dog even if they love it. The best thing to do is to research dalmations and what type of diet they should have, read forums and even call a dalmation rescue centre for advice. It's heartbreaking knowing something is wrong and feeling completely helpless. The best thing to do is to keep your spirits up around your dog as they sense if things are wrong.
      best of luck to you and srgt pepper.

  24. QUESTION:
    My dog always has poop-related problems?
    I rescued my dog from the streets about a year and a half ago. I think she's a Havanese, or some kind of mix. She was hit by a car long before I found her.

    Ever since I've had, she'd had problems with her poop. The first time I took her to the vet for blood in her stool, the vet told me she was on her period. I had to go back a second time with a lovely sample!

    Since then, she's had seriously bloody stool twice more. I was told it was a bacterial infection all 3 times and was fine after some antibiotics.

    She doesn't have parvo or corona, and was checked for parasites. She also never has a solid poop. It's not usually diarrhea, but sometimes it is. Other times it comes out like mucus. There are also times when her poop and her butt have a terrible almost a bit of a metallic smell. But she's never lethargic and always has a healthy appetite.

    I'm not sure about the quality of the food I'm feeding her. My other dog is fine on the same diet. I went a couple of month making homemade food with a recipe I found in a training book (rice, boiled chicken, vegetables, a bit of oil). It didn't make a difference though!

    I live in Korea where going to a vet is really cheap, but communication is really really difficult. I was hoping someone could give me advice about what to ask my vet to look for? It's kind of difficult giving him the long complicated list of symptoms.

    I appreciate any help you can give me!
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog might be allergic to grain; it is a very common allergy among dogs. Most types of dog food have some sort of grain in it to firm up the stool and grain is a cheap ingredient to do so. Try changing your dog's food to a grain-free dog food (these brands of dog food use higher quality ingredients to firm up a dog's stool). Some brands that is well-known in the U.S. that is grain-free are Innova, Evo, Nature's Variety, and Taste of the Wild. There are definitely more brands of dog food that are grain-free on the market. I do not know what brands of dog food are sold in Korea, so you will probably have to do some research to find the food and price range you want. Also, it is recommended that dog owners, when switching dog foods, should gradually remove the old dog food from the dog's diet to try and prevent an upset stomach.

      P.S. The metallic smell that you smell in her poop is the iron in blood. When blood dries, the iron smell is very strong.

  25. QUESTION:
    My dog is sick, what could it be? Please help so I can get him fixed!?
    My dog has been sick for 4 or 5 days now, He started just having Runny bowel movements and throwing up, then 2 days ago he starting having Blood in his Bowel movement. He wont eat and He wont drink, hes lost 6lbs.
    I brought him to the vet last night all they did was exam him and say were gonna give him fluids, a shot of antibiotics, and a shot to help him stop popping.
    Vet thinks he ate somthing that upset his stomach, I dont think it is that at all I think there is something else wrong with him and the vet wont take a stool sample or blood.
    Now another thing I must add is my dog has been sick before where he has been throwing up and having runny bowel movements, He has had these symptoms 3 other times and the vet gives him antibiotics and then he is better for another couple months then is sick again.

    So my questions is, do you think he has a virus, bacterial infection or something more serious?
    Please help!
    Thank you everyone for your answers unfortunatly my dog didnt make it till monday he passed away Satuday night around 9pm, I have been having a very very hard time dealing with it, I want him back really bad and I am sorry I couldnt do anything to save him.
    He was a 6 year old Pomarainan-sorry if I spelt it wrong!
    We still dont know what happened to him.
    Also to answer some of your quiestions he did NOT get all his shot every 12months so I am sure he did catch the parvo virus.

    Thanks again to all who tried to help, wish I would have gone with my gut and made them do a blood test and stool sample!

    R.I.P..Teddy
    3/31/04-12/4/10
    You'll always hold a special place in my heart!

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  26. QUESTION:
    Airedale with persistant,bloody blisters on feet?
    My cousin is a dog groomer,and one of her clients has a 9-year-old spayed female Airedale named Gert. For the last year and a half,Gert's vet has been treating her for bloody blisters on her feet. She has given the dog antihistamines and Cephalexin,but it did nothing,so Gert's owner took her to another vet who diagnosed a bacterial infection and put Gert on 750 mg Cipro daily.The dog has been on this drug for 5 weeks with no improvement.She has lost weight and is lethargic,but still has a normal appetite. My cousin is boarding her right now,and she just called me and said that Gert's feet are just dripping blood from the blisters breaking.This dog must be in agony. We feel that it warrants bloodwork and a skin scraping to check for specific bacteria or an autoimmune disorder.

    We know of only two other Airedales in the area,so we were wondering if anyone here would know of a specific disorder in Airedales that would cause these symptoms? We want to get some help for poor Gert. Any help would be appreciated.
    The dog was on thyroid medication,but the second vet said it was not her thyroid and took her off of her medication!
    doverele- Thank you.She isn't my dog.I don't know what she is fed,but she is a beautiful dog. I'll ask my cousin what the dog eats.
    Here is Gert. She doesn't look ill,does she?

    http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n85/Luna810/PictureorVideo1642.jpg

    Could you please star so I can get as much info as possible? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have an Airedale and he had a similar problem. He had an allergic reaction to something, causing him to itch on the tops of his feet. His feet bled a little and loss fur. It had grown into an infection so he got medication for it (he had been removed from his allergic substance of course). It only worsened. We then realized that it was only because he was still picking at it. we got him some tight booties (that he couldn't take off), The medication then started to work better and his allergic reaction went away. Hope I helped! Good luck! <3

      BTW: please help with my easy question?
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AlYTXc_iMJerhvs.UjUzITnsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20091214165526AAzArlE

  27. QUESTION:
    Who can i go to for a reduction of my vet bill or assistance since my pet died?
    I owned a long coat chihuahua. She later developed Pyometra ( a uterine infection), which can be deadly if not treated. When I too her to the vet already assuming she had pyometra because the symptoms she had, the vet gives me an estimate of 7 for an emergency spay. I agreed because the vet told me that she would be fine , however she came in anemic as well and that would diminish after the spay and the removal of the bacterial infection was done. I made the decision to have her spayed because the doctor told me that in her case she would be fine. After leaving the vet , i had the medications for my dog , follow ed the directions . 24 hours after the operation i find my dog whimpering and throwing up, her eyes were bulged out and cloudy with some discharge. I took her to vet again and the vet tells me her immune system is not normal (not functioning), her glucose level was down and her anemia level went up too. Based on the information , who do you think i can go to for financial assistance since im stuck with a vet bill for a pet that died and or who can I go to for help since the vet failed to mention that the anemia was going to bring severe complications and failed to find out if the infection had gone into her bloodstream.She just said, "she needs to be spayed and nothing else! Do you think that the vet could have offered to keep my dog under her observation since she already had seen she was anemic besides having pyometra?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm very sorry about your dog.

      I assume the reason you didn't have her spayed was you were breeding her and by the sound of the situation, this was a closed pyometra, not open. If it had been, a whole lot of pus would have been observed in the vulva. Since the only true and definitive way to make an accurate diagnosis would be xrays and ultrasound..least that would be the first thing we would have done prior to surgery.
      Your vet should have informed you that there is a percentage of dogs that die despite an emergency spaying. This is because of over-whelming infection and vital organ damage.

      I don't know how long you've been going to this vet but I think she should have stressed to you all along why it's important to have your pet spayed.... certainly at least after having a few litters if that was the reason it wasn't done. She should have also informed you that your pet may not survive.

      I would first approach the doctor, telling her how you feel. If you truly believe this was the fault of the doctor, click on this link. It will assist you in registering a complaint. The vet may wish to work out the fees.

      Again, I'm very sorry for your loss.
      Sincerely,
      dee
      Lic. Wildlife Rehabilitator, 17 yrs
      Former Dir DRS Animal ER

  28. QUESTION:
    UTI in a 3 month old puppy?
    I have a 3 month old puppy. She has had 2 UTI's since we had gotten her in october. Since the last antibiotic she has had on and off symptoms usually having accidents in the house frequently after being let outside. But when we are sleeping she can hold it til i get up with her to let her out. So in reality it almost doesnt seem like sh has a UTI, but ive noticed her squatting 2 to 3 times when shes outside doing her business. I'm kinda learious about taking her back to the same vet again because previously we have had a urinalysis done and the antibiotic the dr gave us just didnt seem to help she lasted about 2 weeks max after the antibiotic without any symptoms and then they came back. Now im wondering if its just because it is a bacterial infection and that it needs a longer dose or a stronger dose of the antibiotic, but i feel so bad for my dog i feel like she is in so much pain and that i cant do anything else for her. I wish i could know why she keeps getting these or if im just over reacting and being an over precautious mom and thinking the littlest puppy behavior is infact an actual problem. Now im wondering i had put on her flea medicine because she was scratching a bit more than usual and i think it was time to put it on her....also she was left in her crate alittle longer than normal and made alittle mess...do you think she could maybe be having a side effect from the medicine if i accidently put it on her too soon or that being stuck in her crate after making the mess could have maybe caused sum bacteria to get into her urinary tract?? please i dont know what to do anymore and i just want my dog to be healthy again!!!
    I forgot to mention she seems to be drinking alittle bit more water than normally. But this is hard to day cuz shes always been one to drink alot of water. But it seems as soon as she drinks alot of water she immediately piddles. And to make matters worse im a college student who works part time and can barley afford all of these doctors visits for her. I just hope that this can be sumthing that can be fixed or that she can grow out of, because i have heard dogs having urinary problems while they are pups and growing out of them once they hit the 8 month mark. If anybody has any remarks, or comments that they have encountered that could possibly help me that would be great....Thank you!!
    I also for got to mention her last uti was in late october/early november and she has been sy,tom free since then. But now it seems like shes relapsing again.
    She is a husky.german shephard mix and she is currently on purina puppy chow. And the previous meds that she was on was simplicef and she had no reactions but it didnt seem to work because she had symptoms come back immediately. But what is bothering me is that she was symptom free for about a month or two after the last uti and i gave her yogurt and her symptoms seemed to go away for awhile and after being in her crate for the 9 hours is when her problems started again!

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  29. QUESTION:
    what is wrong with my basset hound?
    My youngest basset (5 yrs old) has a problem with is ears. he has a bacterial infection in his ear canal, where it causes him pain and discomfort, causing him to be tired, dorwsy, inactive, and irritable. we had surgery for him earlier this year, to "fix" whis problem, and clear up the infection. the main reason is too much moisture in the ear canal, causing this bacteria to grow. well, it didnt work. hes back to scracthing uncontrolably, causing all the symptoms listed above. what can i do to improve his current condition, and improve his quality of life? he is my biggest buddy when i come home, and i would hate to lose him. it would wreck me. i love this dog to death, and i just hope there is something i can do for him.

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The above poster is correct, chronic ear infections are often a sign of allergies. I suggest doing a lot of research on canine allergies, along with nutrition.

      In the meantime, you might find that the Blue Power Ear Treatment will help. Just Google the term and you will find the recipe.

  30. QUESTION:
    Whats wrong with my dog? She's excreting yellow gunk/goo from her skin.?
    I don't know whats wrong. She was a stray that we found not too long ago. When we found her she had several scrapes and scratches and gashes. She looked absolutely like a nightmare. I cleaned her up and took her to the vet. The vet said she had demodectic mange, hook worms, and a bacterial infection. She received a dipping for the mange, and was told to come back in a week. She also had some antibiotics which we gave her, and a dewormer pill.
    We never took her back to the vet for her other dipping, it was too expensive and my husband didn't feel like dishing out the money at the time, and we didn't have the money to do it all over again. We searched for an alternative medicine. We stopped searching because my dog appeared to get completely better, when the vet said she should get worse before she even comes back to them. So we let it slide.
    Now she has gained some wait, her skin on her neck has become bald, but not raw looking. Instead theres some nasty goo coming out of it. I'm horrified and have no clue if its from any of her earlier diagnosis, or something new! The wait she's gained seems unnatural to me, it happened suddenly. I don't know what to do, and I don't have the money to take her to the vet right away, and I don't want to take her to the vet if its just the mange or the hookworms, I can cure those with generic/cheaper alternative medicines. Please give me some information on what this new symptom could be.

    • ANSWER:
      Please don't give her any medicine unless you know for sure what is going on, this can not only lower her immune system but have other detrimental health effects. If you need help paying for her vet bill, there is a special credit card called Care Credit that allows you to make minimum payments on veterinary care for a pet with no interest as long as you pay it off within the allotted time period; I would strongly suggest going this route. I've posted the link to Care Credit below and several other organizations that may be able to help:

      http://www.carecredit.com/

      http://www.aahahelpingpets.org/

      http://www.help-a-pet.org/

      http://www.angels4animals.org/

  31. QUESTION:
    Did my vet misdiagnose my pup's problem last month?
    Last month, my adopted 18-month-old (rescue) pups went to the vet. One had been losing weight/not eating. Vet did a rectal swab/test tand reported that he had contracted a bacterial infection 'in his gut' that he got from drinking 'dirty water'. I assume he meant contaminated water from another dog's dish. Long story short: he gave us a ten day round of meds. We took five days off and then finished up with another ten day round. Didnt miss a dose.

    About bedtime (it's now 5 AM) the pup started acting crazy. He was pacing through the house, going into rooms and closets; he'd lie down; get up; scratch himself; act like he had fleas; jerk his head around like something was bothering him --couldn't be still for more than 3 seconds at a time-- He'd come put his paws on me and stare into my eyes...that's when I knew without a doubt that something was really wrong. I finally figured out that my dog has worms... I've never had this breed of dog before and I thought that maybe it was his anal glands; I'd seen him scooting earlier in the evening. (By the way, he'd had his heartworm meds yesterday).

    After applying a warm wash cloth to his behind --bear with me-- I found a light brown, flat (fluke-like) worm on the wash cloth.

    1. Did my vet mis-diagnose my pup last month?

    2. I assume this is very serious. Has pup's health been compromised?

    3. Are there home remedies for emergencies? What could I have done to alleviate Pup's misery all night long? I gave him massages and tummy rubs, etc. We are waiting right now for the vet's office to open. It has been a long and miserable night. And I suspect this is going to be a long healing process.

    BTW I thought he was doing fine because he'd regained his appetite and his weight was back to normal. He seemed to be symptom free. Please let me know what you think ... and what I should have done differently. I feel pretty miserable about this.
    PS You guys have been very helpful to me in the past.
    ---You were right; he did have fleas, I found three adults on him; bathed and groomed him. That seemed to soothe him while it lasted.

    Can other dogs (or humans) become infected from being around him?

    Will the wormer work immediately--withing 24 hours? This dog is miserable...
    More details: I was of the understanding that heart worm medicine treated ALL types of worms in dogs. Seems like it was in their literature...No?

    I thought I was a pretty darn savvy dog owner until I met you guys...

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry to hear your pooch is sick! So do you have two or three issues? The Bacterial Infection, worms and Fleas?

      The appetite I am sure was more than fine. With worms they usually start eating more because they can not get enough nutrients due to the worms eating almost every bit of food they intake! What age did you adopt this pup at and was it ever wormed as a puppy? No home remedy for wormers and the over the counters meds are really crap. The scooting on the ground can be from medications, anal glands and/or parasites.

      What you should be doing is giving your dogs monthly treatments for fleas, check their stools regularly for worms and watch where you allow your animals to drink water. Please remember sometimes just one bird needs to fly over the water and poop in to the water for it to be contaminated. And yes there are some things humans and other dogs can contract from this dog. Fleas, parasites, worms (depending on type and how) etc.

      You should take a stool sample to the vet to test for parasites in addition to everything else the vet feels necessary. This way you can be sure of what the problems is instead of guessing and deal with all of this at one time, in one vet visit. Other wise you will just keep going back several times. The tests for this are not that expensive.

      Good luck, I hoped this helps and pooch is better soon!

  32. QUESTION:
    What Causes Puppy Balding Besides Mange and Fleas?
    We own a 5 month old Lab/Pit Bull mix. Just a few weeks ago, I noticed that she was developing very tiny bald spots along her sides and on her legs. The spots are about the size of a thumb tack head, and are NOT inflamed, raised, itchy, or pustule. The skin appears normal and the spots have not caused her any irritation. We took her to the vet, fearing mange, but the skin scrapings for sarcoptic and demodectic mange came back negative. She also does not have fleas, as we are faithful with her flea treatments every month. She is also an indoor dog. Our vet suggested a bacterial or fungal skin infection and prescribed 15 days of antibiotic therapy and a medicated shampoo. We also changed her food from Blue Buffalo Puppy to Wellness Puppy. Nothing so far has improved the condition. As of present, she has 7 small spots on her left side and 3 on her right, as well as a large spot the size of a nickel on the hock of her hind leg. Our other dog and cat do not have these symptoms, so it is not contagious. She is otherwise very healthy and active. What would cause sporadic balding in an otherwise healthy puppy? Your suggestions are welcome. Thank you!
    We know the treatment has not worked because the balding has continued and our vet determined that it is not helping. We are taking her back to the vet next week, to continue the testing. I was just hoping that someone else has experienced something similar. Thank you!

    Our cat does not lick our dog-they usually stay away from one another, but I very much appreciate the suggestion! Thank you!
    I've taken some photographs for your consideration. Today I noticed that most of the spots seem to have dry, yellowish skin flaking off in the middle. Lucy's vet appointment is tomorrow morning, but any ideas to bring to the table tomorrow would be great!

    http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/7615/lucy001.jpg
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    • ANSWER:
      Mange or other parasitic infection or a bacterial or fungal skin infection are generally the only likely culprits. Skin scrapings for sarcoptic and demodectic mange are not 100% accurate so it may require retesting to find evidence of mange mites. Just treating with oral antibiotics and changing shampoos is also not always going to fix a skin infection because a single antibiotic isn't going to be effective against every type of bacteria or fungi that could be causing the problem. So your vet may perform cultures on your next visit to try to grow the disease causing organism so that he can choose an antibiotic or antifungal that is going to be effective.

      Failure of treatment at this point just means that it's time to continue with diagnostic testing.

  33. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend has excessive mucus in his feces, what could it be?
    After we got a puppy, we both started having symptoms of aggressive cramps while defecating. We both examined our feces, and I made sure it wasn't moving, OR worms(because we took our dog to the vet, and she had hookworms--she is done with antibiotics, and is clean of worms). My symptoms went away in 3 days. He still has his and frankly, his looks a lot more gross than mine did. Looks very white and mucus-like. I've done the research. I know it's nothing something he ate, for we eat the same meals and I dont have it any more. It has been going on for about 1 week. Any suggestions? I can only assume it's infection, or bacterial disease.

    • ANSWER:
      Allergies can cause mucus in the stool as well. It might have been a coonincidence that you had it at the same time. Or it could have been a virus infection that has now triggered this reaction. (explaining why you are better and he is not)
      Set up that appt with a doctor, but have him keep track of his food intake (every scrap of food - how much and when eaten) as well as a record of when he's defecating (time, consistancy, color).
      Tell the doctor about the puppy having worms. He might have you pick up a sample cup before coming in so you can bring a stool sample with when he comes in. (Or he may just have you bring one in later and give you the cup when you come in for the appt)

      Good luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    Help! Strong vaginal odor?
    I've been experiencing a strange vaginal odor that I, and others around me can smell. I've been to the gynecologist on numerous occasions and have repeatedly tested negative for any infections including bacterial vaginosis. There was only one occasion she mentioned she saw signs of slight inflammation. I took corticosteroid suppositories which didn't help the odor but cleared up the inflammation. I'm not sexually active although I've also been checked for STD's just to be sure that it couldn't by chance be an STD. The vaginal odor isn't accompanied by any other strange symptoms except for possibly a discharge that stains my underwear yellow even after I wash it in hot soap water and bleach on the sanitary cycle. I've been told everything including my vaginal discharge is normal. I'm very well educated on vaginal health and follow all of the rules. I've made dietary changes, eat really healthy, the whole nine.

    My gynecologist was basically ready to refer me to a psychologist because she thought this odor is in my head which it's not. She started talking about how some people have a psychological disorder that causes them to think that they smell when they don't. She was basically insinuating that I was experiencing the same thing which almost caused me to break down in tears. I'm sure if she was in my shoes she wouldn't have said that, and she would have been more understanding :( .

    The odor is a vaginal odor. However when I discharge, my discharge doesn't have much of an odor to it. Another strange characteristic of the odor is it kind of "stays in the air." Sometimes I will leave my room or whatever room I'm in and come back, and I'll notice that the room I was in just minutes ago smells.

    The only time I get a break from the odor is when I take a probiotic like Fem-Dophilus or RepHresh Pro-B. The odor gets worse when I'm menstruating. When I'm menstruating the odor gets more metallic, I don't use tampons because tampons tend to make the odor smell more fishy and intensifies it. The odor varies from time to time. The odors smells are like :a "wet dog", "stinky feet", "musty", like "butt" or "feces", and "sweaty." Keep in mind this is just a vaginal odor, not a body odor.

    The dietary changes I've made helps a lot. Eating anything with caffeine and sugar really makes it worse.

    Now I'm wondering if I have TMAU or is it something else like a really bad bacterial imbalance.

    I'd really appreciate any advice or recommendations from anyone. Like what I should do, what kind of doctor should I see, could I possibly have TMAU ...?
    I'm sure I do have a heightened sense of smell now because I'm so paranoid about the way I smell. But, other than that the situation still is the same regardless of whether I have a heightened sense of smell or not.

    • ANSWER:
      Go see another doctor.

  35. QUESTION:
    Do Films Purposefully Mislead?
    In the film, `The Changeling` Angelina Jolie is sectioned because she refuses to accept that the boy whom they say is her son IS her son.

    The threat of psychiatric referral at the very least is something which we should not take lightly; and people don`t realise to what extent it has been used as means of silencing.

    Forget the seriousness of the medical condition and the agonizing of living with rabies or distemper...when I suggested that in consequence of a bad dog bite I believed (and believe) I had (have) rabies or distemper, I was told that `Britain does not have rabies` and threatened (in writing) with psychiatric referral.

    The muth burning and throat contractions still persist, but nobody cares. I have been written off as a fantasist.

    Blood tests whowed there was not a bacterial but a viral infection and yet the anesthesiologist who did a spinal tap didn`t even acknolwedge the pathology nor did the referring consultant (as the report from the anesthesiologist downgraded the symptoms)

    No antibiotics (never mind intravenus antiviral drugs). No tetanus booster.

    All of this was made known in 2001 to the American Social Services. Nothing has been done.

    And they make some stupid film about a woman complaining of something and getting nowhere except sectioned.

    That`s Hollywood for you. Never deals with anything except in metaphor and then pretty weakly. I mean, they still portray Hitler as a human being. That takes some doing.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok first off let's leave the movie question out of this

      1) Humans cannot contract Distemper - it only affects animals primarily dogs

      2) Rabies if left untreated is always fatal - so relax if you had it you would be dead by now

      3) A psychiatric referal in your case was probably a good diagnosis by your doctor.


Symptoms Of A Bacterial Infection In Children

Written By: ibzzA1 - Jul• 10•12

Repeated Yeast Bacterial Infections

Yeast an infection, also known as candidiasis is a fungal an infection that affects people which are suffer from weak immune program. Yeast or candida is a fungus that may live anywhere and particularly within the moist parts, when it comes to human body, parts which are the more dampish like mouth, rectum, esophagus, vagina and the blood stream also. Read on what is a yeast an infection, exactly.

Yeast an infection is of a typical occurrence in both sexes but it troubles females a lot more than the males. It frequently comes within the form of vaginal candidiasis. It is also observed that women are a lot more prone to obtain repeated yeast infections, than their counterparts. What could be the reasons behind the repeated vaginal yeast bacterial infections or repeated yeast infections, in general They could be many, let me tell you. As repeated yeast infections trouble women, more than men, we are concentrating on yeast an infection symptoms in ladies mainly. Read on kinds of yeast bacterial infections.

Signs and symptoms of Repeated Yeast Infections

Symptoms of yeast an infection can vary as per its place of occurrence. When repeated yeast bacterial infections occurs in the mouth region, the mouth lining becomes red and sore, with white and red spots and patches can develop on the mouth and cheek lining.

External yeast infection, like over the skin surface can cause itching from the skin and redness along with skin rash and swelling from the skin surface. Most common areas of external yeast infections are the armpit, groin or under the breasts. The most dangerous and common sort of repeated yeast an infection is vaginal yeas infection. Repeated vaginal yeast bacterial infections are very typical and with alarming signs and symptoms also.


Symptoms Of A Bacterial Infection During Pregnancy

Written By: ibzzA1 - Jul• 10•12

Bacterial vaginosis is the infection of the female reproductive system that results from the overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina. This causes the pH balance or acidity of the vagina to de disrupted causing more bacteria to grow. The acidity of the vagina protects the reproductive system from being infected by harmful microorganisms.

This infection was often mistaken to be other infections of the reproductive system such as yeast infection or trichomoniasis because they almost have the same symptoms as bacterial vaginosis. A foul, fishy odor is the most common of bacterial vaginosis. A discharge can also come out of the vagina and this may be whitish, yellowish, or greyish. Some women also experience vaginal itching and swollen vagina.

Treatment of this infection is really necessary especially if a woman has bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy. The bacteria in the vagina may spread up to the cervix toward the uterus. This may cause complications in pregnancy such as miscarriage and difficulty in child birth. For some women, the symptoms are very mild and they choose not to do any treatment but the condition may grow worse due to the continuous growth of bacteria.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    reacurring bacterial infection during pregnancy..?
    Hey,
    I have just recovered from an extremely painful bacterial infection that sparked up right after having sex with my husband. I figured that his body salts from working all day just caused an unbalance of bacteria. So I went to the doctor and they gave me a weeks worth of antibiotics, which were to be taken 3x a day. However hesitant to take antibiotics while 20 weeks pregnant, I carried out the doctor’s directions. By the 5th or 6th day of taking the prescription I started to feel better, so I figured that if my husband made sure to shower off beforehand it was okay to have sex again. Sure enough the next day all the infection symptoms were back again. I don’t know what to do. Before getting pregnant I have only had one yeast infection in my whole life. I really don’t want to have to continue taking antibiotics for it but it’s starting to drive me crazy! If anyone can give any insight I would really appreciate it.
    I did complete the doctor's directions and took them 3x a day as prescribed, but it still came back. They never told me exactly what kind of bacteria it was, all they said was that there was ALOT of white blood cells in my urine. I believe the actual name of the antibiotic was cefalexin if that helps at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you talking about bacterial vaginosis?? If that's what you have no matter how much better you feel you SHOULD NOT have sex until the meds are completely finished.

      It WILL most definitely bring the infection back.

      Finish your meds and be sure to tell your doc what happened. BV isn't something to fool around with. If you have BV it can also make you susceptible to PID.

      I've had it several times (once you get it, it is more likely to recur) and tried to stop my meds halfway through after I was better and the same thing happened to me! It's seriously a pain in the butt and a week without sex to get rid of it is better than recurring infections again and again.

      Also, if it is BV your hubby should probably be treated too. My OBGYN told me that we can take meds and get rid of the infection in our body...but the guy is actually the one that has it and keeps reinfecting us!! So it's important to have him treated if you have BV.

  2. QUESTION:
    Treatment and symptoms of sinus infection during pregnancy?
    I went to the dentist as I am having an excruitating amount of pain on my left back teeth. He suspected a baterial infection, cotterized some gum tissue that was damaged (possibly from me flossing/brushing too often he said) and put me on an oral rinse that fights bacterial infections. No progress thus far in terms of any of those working, but my sinuses hurt and feel bruised badly. I will go into my OB doctor Monday regarding a sinus infection, and was curious what treatments were acceptable for sinus infections that have moved into the gum tissue (causing tooth ache) during pregnancy. Help?
    If it matters, I am in my third trimester.

    • ANSWER:
      I am also in my third trimester and just got over a sinus infection. My doctor prescribed Cefdinir, it's an antibiotic, and safe to take during pregnancy. Good luck, I hope you get some relief!!

  3. QUESTION:
    Urinary tract infection and pregnancy?
    I keep getting recurrent urinary tract infections, I have taken anti-biotics regimens 3 times during my pregnancy, and it has worked to clean the infection. I'm due in less than 3 weeks and I've another infection that has not gone after 9 days of using "Azithromycin:250mg", twice daily. What should I do, I'm really worried and don't know what to do now. I am scared to even tell my doctor that I am yet again infected with a urinary tract infection :( . I used to get stinging pain, burning, frequent urination, all the classic symptoms of a UTI, but this time I am getting a strange ticklish and squirmy feeling down there, as if something moves or squirms??! And the 9 day use of the anti-biotic was unable to clear the infection. Infact the pus-cell count in the urine test report increased from 8-10 pus cells to "numerous", I don't even have the old symptoms, is this a bacterial infection or something else? This particular infection has lasted for more than 15 days now. Again the only symptoms are, a weird ticklish and squirmy feeling, and a bit of pressure to urinate, which could be from the baby bearing down on the bladder as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your doctor. You are pregnant, therefore I would not risk taking any advice from anyone but your doc or pharmacist.

  4. QUESTION:
    Question for any OB/GYNS RE: infections during pregnancy?
    I am 27 weeks pregnant. First, I noticed a light irritation and a little itchiness in my vaginal area, so I figured it was a yeast infection. Now I am urinating every 10-15 minutes. No burning, no back pain. Just a little tenderness in the lower right side, but I can't tell if that's just from the pregnancy. Could the frequent urination be a cause of a yeast or bacterial infection? Could it be a UTI if the urination is my only main symptom? Also, could this be concern for gestational diabetes or Group B Strep? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      The frequency could be a UTI or could be baby moved and it putting some pressure on your bladder. Gestational diabetes MAY cause frequency, so if you're high risk, that may be something to consider.

      A UTI is pretty easily diagnosed with a dipstick test at the doctors office, where they could also check for urine glucose at the same time (also a dipstick - sometimes the same one).

      Better to be safe than sorry, considering all that needs be done is pee in a cup ;) . A UTI can progress pretty quickly in some people to include bloody urine, severe cramping etc.

  5. QUESTION:
    Question for any OB/GYNS out there Re: infections during pregnancy?
    I am 27 weeks pregnant. First, I noticed a light irritation and a little itchiness in my vaginal area, so I figured it was a yeast infection. Now I am urinating every 10-15 minutes. No burning, no back pain. Just a little tenderness in the lower right side, but I can't tell if that's just from the pregnancy. Could the frequent urination be a cause of a yeast or bacterial infection? Could it be a UTI if the urination is my only main symptom? Also, could this be concern for gestational diabetes or Group B Strep? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      go to the er and tell them. they can give you antibiotics.

  6. QUESTION:
    pink discharge during 8th week of pregnancy?
    its only when i pee that i notice anything. today it was a bit worse tho. i went to the ER and they ran a bunch of tests. apparently i have a bladder infection, bacterial vaginosis, and theyre running blood tests to make sure im not goin thru a miscarriage or anything. wouldnt symptoms be different for a miscarriage tho?

    • ANSWER:
      When i was at my 8th week doc told me i had bacteral vagnosis which causes bleeding i actually miscarriaged 3 days later....they said unknown cause... but to tell u the truth i think it was they medication for the infection because it passes through the plactenta... i hope i helped gdluck...btw miscarriages can start from light bleeding and progress heavier... but if they give u the rite care for the infections u should be fine

  7. QUESTION:
    bleeding during pregnancy?
    Hey ladies, my period came 3 days early and I only bled three days.. The first day it was brown blood like it has been sitting there awhile & then the next two days were red and regular, is there any way you can bleed while being pregnant? Cause I'm still having symptoms. Also I have a bacterial infection that I am now taking antibiotic for and not sure if that could of cause bleeding if I was indeed pregnant.

    And also the red bleeding stopped before the 3rd day was over so I really only bled red for a day & a half and only needed 2 almost 3 pads.

    I plan on testing in the morning but I just wanted to get some personal opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      You can bleed while you are pregnant but it's NOT your period. It's bleeding from the pregnancy. I'm 17 weeks and have had my share of bleeding off and on. Take the test in the morning and if it's negative you can always see your doctor and get a blood test. Good luck on which ever you want.

  8. QUESTION:
    Lots of discharge. Pregnant or infection?
    Roughly two and a half weeks ago my boyfriend and I had sex without a condom two nights in a row, and neither time a condom was used. Since then, I would randomly get dizzy or sometimes feel nauseas for a few mintues, but then it would go away. Last week Tuesday around 10am, I became very nauseas and had to focus very hard to not throw up on the people sitting next to me. Later that day my throat began to hurt very badly, and I thought I had strep, which would have explained the nausea. I went ot the doctor the next day and found all I had was a bacterial infection, which had nothing to do with the nausea at all. During that time, too, I was experiencing an almost constant headache for about a day and a half, which I know can also be a sign of pregnancy.
    My throat is now healed, and I have not had a headache since, but I still do get a slightly upset stomach every now and then.

    The day before I was to start my period, which was this past Saturday, my boyfriend and I began having sex again, but this time I began to bleed as if my period was starting. This had happened before, where the sex kind of "started" it for me, but this time it just bled for about 10 minutes and then stopped. I haven't bled since, even though I am supposed to start any minute. Yesterday I realized I was getting a lot of yellowish discharge when I wipped myself in the bathroom. Even though its to thick to actually drip, I have even seen it "dripping" into the toilet twice now. (Sorry, I know thats TMI) I have never, at least that I can remember, had that much discharge to the point that its just dripping out of me, however, I have noticed the yellowish colored discharge before, and it never has an odor, just simply a bit colored.

    My period has never been super reliable when it comes to timing, but I have never missed a month either. I understand that missing one day does not equal a missed period, and that its more than likely way too early to have any pregnancy symptoms as well, but there has to be some sort of meaning for all of this craziness! I took a pregnancy test last night and it was negative, but I only got 3, maybe 4 seconds of urine on it, tops. I plan on taking another at the end of the week if no period arrives by then.

    If you have any insight into what may be going on here, please let me know! I would much rather be pregnant than have any kind of bad infection or anything, and I'm getting increasingly scared that that's the case.
    I failed to mention that like Thursday and Friday of last week I spotted once each day, and both times it was a small amount of the dark, brown, old looking blood.

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Have any of you had unusual vaginal discharge during pregnancy?
    Hi all, i am very very worried- going to the doctors tommorow, this morning i woke up and discovered i had lots of vaginal discharge which seems abnormal, was like snot texture and a yellow colour. Has this ever happened to any of you before? I am so scared im about to lose the baby, i am 15 weeks and one day.. I know this sounds like the symptoms of an infection, though i will be very shocked if it is a STD as i have only been with the baby's father and unless he cheated during our time together than i dont see how i could have an STD.. I have had bacterial vaginosis in the past although NEVER Got discharge like this, i am freaking out, is there other reasons you can get this during my stage of pregnancy or does this just point to an infection?? Has this happened to any of you?
    Please, no "eww" comments or anything immature like that.
    Thank you's in advance =] God Bless ~x~

    • ANSWER:
      LOL, first of all calm down, second of all, I have the exact same discharge, snotty and with a slight yellow tinge.
      Mine is not an infection, I have already been tested (plus it doesn't smell anyway)
      I did not have this type of discharge with my first pregnancy, it was always a milky white colour, so when i started getting this discharge from 8 weeks i worried just like you.
      I have been told it is common and even more common with second pregnancies, as long as there is no pain, itchiness, or foul smell than it is just a normal discharge related to your pregnancy.
      If in doubt get a swab done by the doctors like I had, but like I said my tests came back clear.
      Goodluck with your pregnancy, your baby is fine x

  10. QUESTION:
    Urine Pregnancy test positive. Please help to understand this ?
    My frnd got a delayed period( almost 10 days delayed from LMP) and it started on 1 st of this month and today is 14 th day, she had 5 dyas if normal bleeding that occurs during the period and now also some spots of blood is coming out of vagina. The gynic doctor conducted a UPT yestrerday and it shows positive , hennce a vaginal scan was taken, no symptoms of pregnancy was detected in the uterus. Beta HCG shows 33 mm. And as per the doctor, HCG is not sufficient to be pregnant. Please let me know Y her uot shows positive if she is not pregnant. She got severe urine -(bacterial) infection , will it be a reason for the false UPT positive result?

    • ANSWER:
      Urine false Positive test results are not so uncommon. As the scan is also negative,
      the Doctor is absolutely correct in interpreting. HCG is not sufficient to be "labelled" as pregnant
      has to be weighted with estimation of HCG in Blood Sample & not urine, & the Dr's
      advice is to be "taken as best".

      Urinary infections also will surely intercept in giving 'false positive tests with Urine Sample".

      The friend/(?) can be assured in this context.

  11. QUESTION:
    26 weeks pregnant and diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis?
    I've apparently had it for a few weeks... at first the doctor diagnosed me with a yeast infection I used the 7 day treatment as directed then today... the 7th day I noticed I was swollen and irritated still and by chance the nurse calls me and tells me I have bacterial vaginosis.
    Im pretty mad at them for having me go through a yeast infection treatment needlessly especially during pregnancy .. I've had symptoms of pre-term labor with this pregnancy already aside from this... and now hearing this is scaring the crap out of me since its apparent I've had it for several weeks untreated.

    Im just starting the antibiotics now.....I am aware of what it is but my question is,,,,, did anyone else have this and end up with a pre-term delivery???? How much do I need to be concerned with this? I've read up on it even before I got the offical diagnosis since I suspected it while treating myself for a yeast infection.

    P.S this is my third pregnancy.

    • ANSWER:
      I had to deal with both during my entire pregnancy and I had a healthy girl born on her due date! I was opposite from you because they treated me for bacterial vaginosis and then called me almost a week later and told me it was a yeast infection and everything turned out fine. Don;t worry yourself and good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    possible miscarriage?
    i took a pregnancy test and it came out negative, but i might have taken it too early.
    if i was pregnant, i would only be about 3-4 weeks along.
    i had a few pregnancy symptoms, but i didn't really worry about it.
    and last week i started having the worst pain near my ovaries and the bottom of my stomach.
    i never cramp when i have my period.
    i was also bleeding really heavily which is also abnormal with periods of mine.
    the thing is, i'm on bc and have pcos, so is there still a chance i could have been pregnant and lost it?

    i know some of the risk factors for miscarriages are having pcos, a history of miscarriage on my mothers side, and certain bacterial and viral infections during pregnancy.

    like i said, i have pcos.
    my mother has had still borns as well as miscarriages.
    and i was diagnosed with bv about 2 weeks ago, i don't know if that's a bacterial infection that counts.

    could i have had a miscarriage?

    i'm going to the gyno on the 19th, would they be able to tell if i was pregnant or had one that late?

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    Question about my potentially expecting Yorkie/Schnauzer?
    On June 4, my now 10 month old pup was accidently let out of the house and bred with our aunts small dog. The signs had stopped so I let her out a few minutes to use the bathroom, and was watching her from my window to make sure she was okay like I had before. I looked up and saw it happening and immediately seperated the two, so their was no time for them to "tie" but I guess long enough for her to conceive. It was during the end of her second week in heat, and we are thinking because of her age, it was her first cycle although there was period a few months prior she was "spotting"-the vet said it could've been "puppy heat" and not the real deal-Anyways, she's since developed all the symptoms of pregnancy. However, I've been really careful about what she eats because she's very prone to getting bacterial infections from certain dog foods (she got it twice from eating Caesars). We gave her the vet recommending Science Diet, which she gobbled up for a little while. But since her potential pregnancy, she hasn't touched the stuff. I went a week keeping both the dry and moist Science Diet out and she would nibble here and there, but I was afraid she wasn't eating near enough for both her and the pups. Also she would go into periods where she would drink very little water some days, then others she'd be lapping up the entire bowl in one sitting. I was afraid she was just tired of Science Diet so I began to alternate her food to Purina "One" and Ol Roy and she eats it up. But within this past week, I guess bw 28-36 days of being bred, she's been throwing up a couple of times, won't let us pick her up(even if we're careful not to touch her stomach, and being far too calm and sluggish for her usual energetic behavior. So my questions are these:

    1. Could she have gotten the bacterial infection from my changing her food from Science diet or Purina and Ol Roy and this could be causing the vomiting, sluggishness, and irritablility? Or are these common signs of a normal pregnancy?

    2. Will they be able to treat an infection if she is pregnant?

    3. We're afraid she was bred during her first heat, so if this isn't an infection causing such strange symptoms, could it be a result of a bad pregnancy (I've heard if they get pregnant during first heat, she's less likely to carry them full term and could easily miscarriage causing infections and other health problems for her.

    I realize it was my poor ownership that allowed this to happen. I was informed that their heating cycle only lasted at most a week and a half, and since she stopped showing signs by the end of the second, we didn't question it. And I know spaying directly after was an option but, I didn't have the heart to after I found out that she may be carrying pups. I called the vet first thing this morning, but they couldn't fit her in until late this afternoon and I guess I'm just worried and impatient to find out what's wrong. If you are an owner, a breeder, or work in a vet clinic and have honest, sincere answers, I would very much appreciate the help. Thank you very much
    Thank you for your help and opinions. Like I said before, I know it was my fault this happened, and I'm not blaming anyone else but myself and I know that the vet, who I am seeing today at 2:15 btw, is the one I should wholeheartedly rely on. But I posted the question on here for others who may have had pets in this situation or have seen it. It was a stupid mistake to not get eduated on the subject beforehand, but the fact is, as wrong as it was of me, what's done is done and I have to consentrate on my dog now. So those who feel compelled to include a lecture in the answer, that's ok, but keep in mind that we as loving dog owners are on here to help others concerning their dog, not searching for someone to chew out for something that can't be fixed. It's not about me, it's about her and her health, so that's the kind of answers that's needed. And I'm aware of the euthanization problem, trust me, these puppies will be taken care of.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately that was probably the most likely time for her to have gotten pregnant. If you can go ahead and get her fixed before the pregnancy would cause complications to do so.

  14. QUESTION:
    Had a Uti, than BV now 5 days late no period and all pregnancy test are negative?
    Okay so I am concerned because I have never missed a period in my life, unless I was pregnant. I am not irregular either. I have a 29 day cycle like clock work every month and this month my period does not feel like its coming and is 5 days late as of today. Monday July 12th I began having symptoms of a UTI i began drinking cranberry juice a lot of it! Symptoms persisted so that Friday July 15th I went to the Md and they confirmed and gave me a 3 day supply of Cipro. After this was complete I began to realize yeast infection symptoms this time i went to the hospital and they told me it was bacterial vaginosis (BV). this is like Tuesday July 19th. They gave me Flagyl for 7 days and sent me on my way. The symptoms began to go away, but i also did a home remedy with yogurt during this time, because I didn't want antibiotic after antibiotic to give me a yeast infection. I track my periods because my husband and I have been trying to conceive for about 3 months all failed attempts. My period was suppose to come on August 1st. I have taken 4 pregnancy test and all of them say negative. Also when I went to my Md office and the hospital they both did pregnancy test and all were negative. Next week I am scheduled for a blood test with my MD.

    My QUESTION is:
    Has any one had this combination and what WAS THE OUTCOME...I know a lot of people have been in this boat, but no one says how it all ended up. The only pregnancy signs I have are breast tenderness, my husband say I am extra emotional, but I don't think so...and tiredness but that may just be because it is summer and I'm relaxing it out.

    Also S/N: I am 24 years old This would be my second child ( not with my husband it would be our first)

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    Caffeine is naturally found in which of the following substances?
    1. Which of the following helps to boost the function of the immune system by encouraging the formation of antibodies for protection?
    hormones
    vaccines
    antibiotics
    diuretics

    2. Caffeine is naturally found in which of the following substances?
    soda pop
    fruit juices
    medications
    coffee

    3. Caffeine addiction is caused by continuous ingestion of at least which of the following amounts?
    20 milligrams per day
    100 milligrams per day
    200 milligrams per day
    1,000 milligrams per day

    4. What would be a good use of an analgesic?
    reduce pain
    replace the body's needed thyroid chemicals
    destroy bacterial infections in the throat
    promote sleep

    5. Which of the following may be a desirable effect of caffeine?
    mental arousal
    reduced stress and anxiety
    increased fatigue
    better digestive organ function

    6. Which of the following should you NOT consult to find out the best and current information on drugs?
    government websites
    the local pharmacist who fills your prescriptions
    the physician who is treating your symptoms and disease processes.
    the good friend who believes only in alternative medicine.

    7. Which fairly tasteless and odorless drug causes sleepiness, sedation, and the inability to remember events that occurred when one was under the influence of the drug?
    methamphetamine
    LSD
    rohypnol
    ether

    8. Which of the following is not an effect of fetal alcohol syndrome?
    heart defects
    low birth weight and length
    larger head size
    mental retardation

    9. Which of the following statements about FAS is not correct?
    FAS is not preventable.
    FAS is caused by mothers who drink alcohol while being pregnant.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer heart defects or delayed growth.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer from mental retardation and malformed faces.

    10. Which of the following most commonly used drugs is involved in half of all car crashes?
    heroin
    marijuana
    alcohol
    cocaine

    11. How is alcohol classified?
    a depressant
    a stimulant
    an opiate
    a narcotic

    12. Which of the following is an example of proper drug or medication use?
    taking more medication than prescribed
    taking over-the-counter drugs for a cold
    taking drugs at the wrong time of day
    stopping a prescribed medication too soon

    13. Which childhood disorder is most closely linked to environmental tobacco smoke?
    emphysema
    asthma
    heart attacks
    lung cancer

    14. Which of the following is a result of smoking during pregnancy?
    high infant birth weight
    enlarged head size
    decreased risk of infection
    increased risk of miscarriage

    15. What is the correct term that describes the use of inhalants as a drug in which the person's body slows down and causes the person to lose control of their behavior and emotions?
    injecting
    snorting
    huffing
    licking

    16. Which of the following terms describes what happens when a drug decreases the effect of another drug?
    antagonistic reaction
    synergistic reaction
    intravenous reaction
    hallucinogenic reaction

    17. Which of the following is a common sign of drug abuse?
    gettting good grades in school
    developing friendships that encourage healthy behavior
    good decision-making skills
    unexplained changes in behavior

    18. What is the name for stimulants that are made from everyday products and can keep a person awake for long periods of time, resulting in a lack of interest in usual activities, as well as a loss of appetite and a change in personality?
    methamphetamines
    cocaine
    heroin
    marijuana

    19. Which of the following is NOT a good strategy for preventing drug use and abuse?
    Form clear goals of what you would like to accomplish in the future.
    Take time to study the side effects of drugs on the body.
    Hang out with friends who are known to use drugs.
    Learn refusal skills and the ability to say no when feeling pressured.

    20. You are driving and notice the person ahead of you is weaving and swerving and straddling the lane marker. Such behavior indicates that the driver may be under the influence of which of the following drugs?
    alcohol
    analgesics
    antibiotics
    antiarrhythmics

    21. Which of the following describes organic compounds that can help the body to function better to make energy, produce blood cells, and reduce the risk of birth defects suc

    • ANSWER:
      cdcaadccacbbbdcadaca

  16. QUESTION:
    Please help...doctor called today...?
    My doctor's office actually called yesterday for the first time to say that they needed me to come in today and give another urine sample because the one they had said I had a bacterial infection but I was having no symptoms of one. After work I went in and did it.

    My doctor just called me a few minutes ago to say that there was a little bit of blood in my urine and that my key tones are low and that could be due to dehydration. He asked if I had ever seen blood in my urine before and I have not. And I have not had any cramping either.
    He wants me to go in tomorrow and do another urine sample.

    I am 27weeks today and everything has been going normal up until now. Also I have not really felt him move around a lot but on some days he just doesn't move as much as others and I don't know if I am just more worried about that now since the doctor called and let me know about this.

    Does anyone have any idea what this could mean? Do you think my baby will be alright? I am very scared as this is my first pregnancy and my fiance is gone during the week for work although he will be back tomorrow evening due to Thanksgiving. Please Help!!

    • ANSWER:
      If you doctor was really concerned about your baby he probably would have told you to come in today, but it sounds like he's just being proactive, asking you to come in tomorrow only for a urine sample.

      It's scary and I would be freaking out, but from an objective point of view it doesn't sound like you need to be worried. Just sounds like you have a good doctor that wants to make sure that everything is okay :)

  17. QUESTION:
    someone that knows?????????
    ok i'm 25 weeks pregnant, i was diagnosed with hpv about 3 months ago i have no warts the doctor said there are so many strands to hpv that mines can either be warts dysplasia or turn into cancer. ok so months later pass and well my boyfriend starts getting this back pain more towards his lung so the hospital did xray and when he got the results back they said he had bacterial infection in his lung so they prescribed him pills he took em then two weeks later the pain came back he went back to the hospital and they told him that it wasn't infection in his lung it was in his blood, so they ask him any symptoms he said when he urinates it burns and that's the only symptom he has no discharge or nothing, so they gave him a shot and some pills and he was discharge oh yeah they also swabbed the inside of his penis to see id their is any infection. ok so three days later After the Visit from the hospital he has a round sore chancre on his penis that looks like syphilis,(before the sore ever came out and they tell him he has infection by the way they don't know what infection it is.my boyfriend says that we could have caused the infection by him going inside of me all the time and since my hormones change during pregnancy that could have caused the infection.i went to the doctor to get an std check and it all came back negative.but now i need to go back so they can take blood and see if i have syphilis because that one infection the find in the blood and my boyfriend has that sore on his penis.) but i don't believe that we would have cause syphilis by him going inside of me unless he slept with somebody, he swears on god his mother and his dead aunt that he hasn't slept with no1, we live together he goes to work and comes back home so i don't know. he really is a great boyfriend he takes care me 100 percent but half of me believes that if he does have syphilis he did sleep with someone, we are going this monday to get check but i want to read some comments on this? i'm worried about my boyfriend but i'm more worried about my baby i cried last night praying to god to please protect my baby.
    the chancre came one day and by the next day its healing and going away, and we been tested before since the first month we got together.
    well wrong. he got tested and it cam back negative. woooooo.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry about this.

      It's useless and it's emotionally exhausting to worry about things you don't know the outcome to.

      Go to the doctor, get tested, and wait for the results.

      When the results come back - then take action for yourself and the baby. This is also one reason I never had sex with any of my boyfriends - there's a lot of cheaters out there. I didn't want to pick up some disease, some virus, or get pregnant.

      HPV is pretty common - I hope your doctor told you that many strands of HPV are benign and every woman has some form of them. (Benign - not cancerous or dangerous to your health).

  18. QUESTION:
    HELP! HEALTH ONLINE!?
    Choose the best answer for each question.

    1. Which of the following helps to boost the function of the immune system by encouraging the formation of antibodies for protection?
    hormones
    vaccines
    antibiotics
    diuretics

    2. Caffeine is naturally found in which of the following substances?
    soda pop
    fruit juices
    medications
    coffee

    3. Caffeine addiction is caused by continuous ingestion of at least which of the following amounts?
    20 milligrams per day
    100 milligrams per day
    200 milligrams per day
    1,000 milligrams per day

    4. What would be a good use of an analgesic?
    reduce pain
    replace the body's needed thyroid chemicals
    destroy bacterial infections in the throat
    promote sleep

    5. Which of the following may be a desirable effect of caffeine?
    mental arousal
    reduced stress and anxiety
    increased fatigue
    better digestive organ function

    6. Which of the following should you NOT consult to find out the best and current information on drugs?
    government websites
    the local pharmacist who fills your prescriptions
    the physician who is treating your symptoms and disease processes.
    the good friend who believes only in alternative medicine.

    7. Which fairly tasteless and odorless drug causes sleepiness, sedation, and the inability to remember events that occurred when one was under the influence of the drug?
    methamphetamine
    LSD
    rohypnol
    ether

    8. Which of the following is not an effect of fetal alcohol syndrome?
    heart defects
    low birth weight and length
    larger head size
    mental retardation

    9. Which of the following statements about FAS is not correct?
    FAS is not preventable.
    FAS is caused by mothers who drink alcohol while being pregnant.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer heart defects or delayed growth.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer from mental retardation and malformed faces.

    10. Which of the following most commonly used drugs is involved in half of all car crashes?
    heroin
    marijuana
    alcohol
    cocaine

    11. How is alcohol classified?
    a depressant
    a stimulant
    an opiate
    a narcotic

    12. Which of the following is an example of proper drug or medication use?
    taking more medication than prescribed
    taking over-the-counter drugs for a cold
    taking drugs at the wrong time of day
    stopping a prescribed medication too soon

    13. Which childhood disorder is most closely linked to environmental tobacco smoke?
    emphysema
    asthma
    heart attacks
    lung cancer

    14. Which of the following is a result of smoking during pregnancy?
    high infant birth weight
    enlarged head size
    decreased risk of infection
    increased risk of miscarriage

    15. What is the correct term that describes the use of inhalants as a drug in which the person's body slows down and causes the person to lose control of their behavior and emotions?
    injecting
    snorting
    huffing
    licking

    16. Which of the following terms describes what happens when a drug decreases the effect of another drug?
    antagonistic reaction
    synergistic reaction
    intravenous reaction
    hallucinogenic reaction

    17. Which of the following is a common sign of drug abuse?
    gettting good grades in school
    developing friendships that encourage healthy behavior
    good decision-making skills
    unexplained changes in behavior

    18. What is the name for stimulants that are made from everyday products and can keep a person awake for long periods of time, resulting in a lack of interest in usual activities, as well as a loss of appetite and a change in personality?
    methamphetamines
    cocaine
    heroin
    marijuana

    19. Which of the following is NOT a good strategy for preventing drug use and abuse?
    Form clear goals of what you would like to accomplish in the future.
    Take time to study the side effects of drugs on the body.
    Hang out with friends who are known to use drugs.
    Learn refusal skills and the ability to say no when feeling pressured.

    20. You are driving and notice the person ahead of you is weaving and swerving and straddling the lane marker. Such behavior indicates that the driver may be under the influence of which of the following drugs?
    alcohol
    analgesics
    antibiotics
    antiarrhythmics

    21. Which of the following describes organic compounds that can help the body to function better to make energy, produce blood ce

    • ANSWER:
      Homework problems? Look up the answers in your textbook or on line. It is not very good for your education to ask us to do your homework.

      New Year's resolution: Do my own homework!

  19. QUESTION:
    Whelping complications continued.....?
    Original Question here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AvWXpp8jTq7PTe1_qR3NvxHsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20090524043651AAplhSn

    Believe me there is nothing I would like right now then to take my dog to the vet. However I live in a small town with one vet who seems to not be reachable today. During the pregnancy I kept in contact with the vet and researched and applied everything I could. It's not like I just sat back and let nature do all the work. If you read the previous question. She did birth one pup fine. Once it became apparent that there was a problem I took her to the vet who upon examination found 2 more pups and told me that one of the two was deceased. He gave her an injection to get contractions going and within half an hour the 2nd healthy pup was born. That was Friday. Saturday evening she birthed the deceased pup. My first concern is infection of course becuse of the deceased pup. Metritis would probably be the main culprit in this case so I looked up the symptoms.

    * Discharge from the vulva that smells bad; discharge with pus, or pus mixed with blood; discharge that is dark green:

    At first after the birth of the deceased pup yes there was some foul dark colored discharge going on. However as time passed the discharge has become far less potent bearing on no smell at all and is now clear.

    * Swollen, dough-like abdomen- No, she does not have this one. As a matter of fact she looks famished. Which stands to reason because I was feeding her 2-3 times the usual amount of food required and she was huge while pregnant. I don't get this at all. She did stop eating a day before the birth and hasn't had much if anything since. Nearly 3 days.

    * Dehydration- She does seem to be a tad dehydrated but it doesn't seem severe. Her nose is cool and wet, she has watery eyes, her skin doesn't snap back into place but it doesn't stay pinched either. She does go to the water bowl about once every hour for a good drink.

    * Dark red gums- They are not Dark red but bright red if not pink.

    * Fever- This I haven't been able to check but as soon as I can I will.

    * Reduced milk production- The two surviving pups feed well and are not whiny and nap good and have fat little bodies. That may just be her original milk production though.

    * Depression- She was never really a lively dog. She was given to us by someone who had 4 other dachshunds and they said the other dogs used to pick fights with her a lot. She has always been distant but loves wagging her tail when she is in a loving mood. After the first pup was born she was walking around wagging her tail. I haven't seen it today though.

    Lack of appetite- She won't eat anything offered to her.

    * Neglect of puppies- No she takes care of them well. Let's them suckle and licks them from time to time.

    * Increased heart rate if the bacterial infection has become systemic- Doesn't seem fast to me when compared to our male.

    So taking all this into consideration should I be worried or not? The one I really don't like is the not eating. She isn't vomiting the water or anything like that. She isn't frequently urinating either.

    I will get her spayed as soon as she is ready for it. I'll never have puppies again. Might stud out our male though.
    @Love- The Male is actually a pretty good specimen. Smart and very healthy. The female was smaller and like I said she did have the personality problems. Believe me when I say I have learned my lesson from this experience.

    @Brooker- I'm burnt out man. I've been on consant watch since Friday. Maybe 7-8 hours of sleep since then.
    I took her temp and it is 102.1. trying a few things to try to get her to eat.

    • ANSWER:
      All these complications and you STILL want to stud out your dog and produce poorly bred, overbred animals? WOW....

      Maybe losing your dog to birthing complications will teach you. Probably not, but we can only hope

  20. QUESTION:
    Need insight on diagnosing possible std, 8 years no diagnosis...?
    I would appreciate the input of someone who has gone through this, a nurse, doctor, midwife, doula, etc...Please keep any nasty or hurtful comments to yourself. This is hard for me to post for the world to see, but after 8 years and tons of research online Im not finding the answers I need so Im reaching out here.

    Let me explain what's going on. About 8 years ago, at age 19 I was in a very short relationship with a guy that I lost my virginity to. We accidentally had unprotected sex when the condom slipped off. A short time later (like, a week) I met the man that would be my future husband. I broke it off with the other guy to persue this new relationship. We were intimate within a couple weeks of dating, and maybe a week after that, I had a very severe outbreak of what I thought might be genital herpes. There was intense swelling of the genital area, discharge, and it felt like paper cuts were coving the whole genital area. No blisters. I never went to see a doctor because I was young, embarrassed, and didnt want my parents to find out.

    Eight years later I still have symptoms every now and then, but not as severe. Ive never had blisters..ever. But during an outbreak I will get a few areas that will sting and feels similar to a paper cut. I might see the tiniest spot of blood when I wipe, but I can never really see anything on the skin. It happens rarely now, but I notice I tend to get outbreaks when Im stressed.

    I have a 2 year old son, and a few years before, and also during my pregnancy I was tested for all sorts of stds including herpes, ghonorrea, syphillis, chlamidia (sorry if I spelled all those wrong!) hiv, etc. i think I was tested for everything common. Everything came back negative. I have had several cultures done over the years, but it has always been hard for my doctors to do it because they can never see anything down there either. I can feel it, but its hard to see anything. All the cultures came back negative for anything. I even had a blood test done about 2 months ago for herpes. It came back negative.

    I developed another outbreak over the weekend, and went to see my doctor asap to see if we could get another culture. Once again, I felt the stinging and saw small amounts of blood indicating that most likely there was some sort of sore, but she could not find anything when she looked today and just took a culture of an area to seemed to look a little red. We drew more blood and is going to test again for herpes, hepatitis, and something else I believe, but I forget what.

    Im just tired of this. I want a diagnosis. Its been 8 years and i am pregnant again and I want to know if I can risk trying for a VBAC with this baby. The symptoms of herpes seem the closest, but then again it isnt a total match either.

    Is there anything else similar to herpes..or even a rarer std that could be causing this? My doctor is at a loss and is almost wondering if it could actually be some sort of allergic reaction. Can any common infections such as bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection cause these symptoms?

    I know this is a lot of personal information, but I need some input badly. Im just at a loss here. Help?
    Well, my husband recently decided to leave me to pursue a easier life by himself without a toddler and newborn..so Im on my own and no sex for me for 4 months. Dont know if it could still be an allergic reaction to sex.
    The symptoms in the article do decribe it pretty well! However i did not have the symptoms only after sex. It might have been once every few months during the 7 years we were married. Also, we have not been together for 4 months and Ive had at least 3 outbreaks...I assumed it was from the stress of it all.

    During the earlier years, I would get a lot of tissue swelling. Not so much the past 3 years or so, however. That is a symptom I never saw described as herpes. Also, I always see articles that describe blisters, and i never had that. So that article you posted for me describes it better than anything Ive found! Thank you. Ill research that more, but Id still like more input.

    • ANSWER:
      YES. It sounds like you may have an allergy to semen. It can actually be pretty severe, even worse than what you describe. But you do have the basic symptoms.

      http://www.essortment.com/articles/semen_allergy_100017.htm

      As it becomes more common, there is more out there about it. Sometimes it only flares if the partner eats certain foods, sometimes it is a reaction to one man and not to another. Sometimes it flares up with hormonal changes.

      PS if it flares other times than just after intercourse, I would still suspect allergy. Switch to cotton underwear and see if that helps. Also consider the possibility of temporarily trying some unscented wash for your delicates like some of the detergents for baby clothes. Seriously though, if you switch to cotton drawers and it clears up you probably have some allergy to synthetic fibers or to latex products if you wear spandex drawers.

  21. QUESTION:
    Do i have a urinary tract infection?
    Vaginal Bleeding (Not my period because I had it the week before last just specs on the tissue)
    Pain during sex (Just during the first penetration)
    Vaginal Pain (Not during Urination random pain)
    Trouble sleeping due to back and stomach pain/aches
    The feeling of menstrual cramps

    BTW: I know I should see a doctor and I am but Ive been recovering from Bacterial Vaginosis for the past 5 months and I just thought these symptoms could be those of BV. Also the last time I went to the doctors for BV I had a pregnancy test so I know im not pregnant. They also said I had protein in my urine because of the BV. I know that that can also be a symptoms of UTI.

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Have you been told you were going to miscarry, but didn't?
    This is a bit long, I'll start from the beginning... I started bleeding lightly on friday immediately after sex. It had been a few weeks since the last time I had sex. The blood was a dark red color, and mucousy. It came and went all day on friday and saturday, accompanied by a little bit of cramping. This was a constant vaginal squeesing type of cramp, the kind I always get after sex. I called up the doc on Friday just to be sure I didn't need to get checked, and they said all should be fine, it was probably because I haven't had sex in a while. They let me know I would probably bleed/spot for a day or two, and then after the second day the spotting should turn into a brown discharge. My spotting did stop and turn into brown discharge on Sat.

    AND THEN... Sunday I had some more bleeding, accompanied by the same exact cramping again, but this time I had a constant lower back ache. Throughout the day the bleeding got less and less mucousy and brighter and brighter red. Still very light though, I only had to use a panty liner, and changed it about every 2.5 hours or so. I never actually soaked through the liner, just changed it to feel clean. The whole day I felt like I was about to start my period at any moment, so I dragged my butt to the ER to see what was going on.

    They checked for infection, came back with a small case of bacterial vaginosis. She checked my cervix and said it was closed. After these were done, I started bleeding a little bit more heavily. They drew blood, said my hormone levels were a bit low. They did an ultrasound and said the amniotic fluid level was low and that "it didn't look like a normal pregnancy at 7 weeks". Right after they did the transvaginal ultrasound I went to the restroom and passed some kind of tissue that was a little bit smaller than a quarter. I was convinced that it was my baby and at this point I broke down and started sobbing. The doc went over the results with me and told me that she saw the clot in the ultrasound and said that it was some kind of tissue from the uterus, not a part of the fetus. She said a miscarriage is about 90% likely. She gave me antibiotics for infection and said to follow up with my doc in 48 hours to check up on things again.

    Well, today, the bleeding has been very minimal. It is still bright red in color, but is so minimal i used just a liner, and have barely soaked a total of one. Since about 5 p.m. I've stopped bleeding all together, and just have a tint of blood left over on toilet paper after i use the restroom. I have been guzzling water down like crazy just in case of that 10% chance I still have the baby. Taking things easy, no cramps at all today! I did have a little lower back ache this morning, but went away by noon. I still have pregnancy symptoms so I just keep praying that everything is okay.

    AND THEN... I got a call back from my doc I schedulded a follow-up appointment with just a few minutes before 5 p.m. She said that the on-call physician reviewed all my labs and the u/s. This doc said the ultrasound did not show an intrauterine pregnancy. I was a bit confused by this, I didn't quite know the right question to ask at that time. Anyway, during this conversation the lady basically said that the doc said i had ALREADY miscarried. Wheras the physician in the ER said I was definately still pregnant, but a miscarriage is likely. I'm confused, worried, and hopeful.

    Has anyone else been told that they have miscarried, or that they are going to miscarry, but actually carried on with the pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm so sorry you're going through this honey...I know some of what you are feeling and my heart goes out to you.

      I was pregnant and at about 6 weeks gestation and everything was fine. I was sitting watching tv and got up to go to the bathroom to find that my underwear and pants were soaked with blood. My boyfriend rushed me to the hospital and while waiting for the doctor I passed a large clot. The doctor examined me and said I had definately
      miscarried my baby. It was devastating. I stayed in the hospital overnight because I had lost so much blood and they wanted to monitor me so I knew there was no hope that they were wrong.

      Three days later I had a ultrasound and to my shock and amazement I was still pregnant. The doctor said I could have possibly passed a twin but they couldn't be sure exactly what had happened. I continued on to have a completely normal pregnancy and a healthy baby.

      Honey, I don't know how this is going to turn out for you and I don't want to give you any false hope. It can happen but please be prepared for the worst.

      My thoughts are with you.

  23. QUESTION:
    What are my chances of getting infected?
    Hello everybody,how are you, I hope well,

    situation is that I had protected vaginal sex.

    Safe sex (I am a man) with a woman who is a sex worker but I don’t know her sero status, the truth is that it is my first exposure.
    I started thinking about the possibility of having contracted HIVAcute hiv infection
    Asymptomatic hiv infection
    Chills
    Early symptomatic hiv infection
    Elisa/western blot tests for hiv
    Histoplasmosis, disseminated in hiv patient
    Hiv
    Hiv infection
    Hives
    Hives (urticaria) - close-up
    Hives (urticaria) on the arm because I am afraid this much, my questions are the following:

    1 I understand what the window period is 3 months, but it is true that this period is an exaggeration?, I read that the CDC said that the period is from 2 to 8 weeks with an average of 21 days, I want to know your opinion on the matter, because of the medhelp Doctors say that 6 weeks is a conclusive proof.

    2 What difference exists between the effectiveness of a elisaElisa
    Elisa/western blot tests for hiv
    Lyme disease antibody generation of 4 and 3 generation? which is the average window period with these tests?

    3 I don’t know if you are no experts in technology issues in HIVAcute hiv infection
    Asymptomatic hiv infection
    Chills
    Early symptomatic hiv infection
    Elisa/western blot tests for hiv
    Histoplasmosis, disseminated in hiv patient
    Hiv
    Hiv infection
    Hives
    Hives (urticaria) - close-up
    Hives (urticaria) on the arm tests, but wondered if you know which generation Elise processing machine AXSYM of Abbot.

    4. probability that I can contracted HIVAcute hiv infection
    Asymptomatic hiv infection
    Chills
    Early symptomatic hiv infection
    Elisa/western blot tests for hiv
    Histoplasmosis, disseminated in hiv patient
    Hiv
    Hiv infection
    Hives
    Hives (urticaria) - close-up
    Hives (urticaria) on the arm because a single casual exposure (vaginalAnterior vaginal wall repair
    Causes of vaginal itching
    Culture - endocervix
    Hydrocele
    Hysterectomy
    Transvaginal ultrasound
    Vaginal bleeding between periods
    Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
    Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy
    Vaginal cysts
    Vaginal discharge) with a woman of unknown serostatus (not prostitute).

    5. It beforehand that the probability of infectionAcute cytomegalovirus (cmv) infection
    Acute hiv infection
    Asymptomatic hiv infection
    Athlete's foot
    Breast infection
    Cellulitis
    Chlamydia infections in women
    Common cold
    Corneal ulcers and infections
    Cystitis - acute bacterial
    Ear infection - acute in a single exposure is very low but is posible, but wondered if you have known cases of infectionAcute cytomegalovirus (cmv) infection
    Acute hiv infection
    Asymptomatic hiv infection
    Athlete's foot
    Breast infection
    Cellulitis
    Chlamydia infections in women
    Common cold
    Corneal ulcers and infections
    Cystitis - acute bacterial
    Ear infection - acute after a single relation (exposure).

    6. It is true that co-infection with diseases such as hepatitisAggressive hepatitis
    Chronic persistent hepatitis
    Hepatic ischemia
    Hepatitis
    Hepatitis a
    Hepatitis a - vaccine
    Hepatitis a adult vaccine
    Hepatitis a immunization (vaccine)
    Hepatitis a pediatric vaccine
    Hepatitis a vaccine
    Hepatitis a-hepatitis b vaccine lengthens the window period, if so how long it extends , what diseases lengthen the period of window.

    7. Today I find myself in the day 69 after that exposure, plans to make another elisaElisa
    Elisa/western blot tests for hiv
    Lyme disease antibody to 84 days (3 months), I test HIVAcute hiv infection
    Asymptomatic hiv infection
    Chills
    Early symptomatic hiv infection
    Elisa/western blot tests for hiv
    Histoplasmosis, disseminated in hiv patient
    Hiv
    Hiv infection
    Hives
    Hives (urticaria) - close-up
    Hives (urticaria) on the arm test ag / ac after 33 days and gave nonreactive, I know that it is not conclusive, but what do you think about the reliability of this test?

    8. Also, the symptoms of ARS, is that these are not sufficient to diagnose HIVAcute hiv infection
    Asymptomatic hiv infection
    Chills
    Early symptomatic hiv infection
    Elisa/western blot tests for hiv
    Histoplasmosis, disseminated in hiv patient
    Hiv
    Hiv infection
    Hives
    Hives (urticaria) - close-up
    Hives (urticaria) on the arm, I want to tell that sometimes I felt hot, but I have not had a feverAllergic rhinitis
    Coccidioidomycosis
    Febrile seizures
    Fever
    Fever blister
    Fever blisters and canker sores
    Herpes labialis (oral herpes simplex)
    Histoplasmosis
    Malaria
    Rheumatic fever
    Scarlet fever, yesterday and the day before yesterday I had a soreAreas where bedsores occur
    Canker sores
    Fever blisters and canker sores
    Genital sores (female)
    Genital sores - female
    Genital sores - male
    Mouth sores
    Sore throat stomachAbdominal pain
    Abdominal pain diagnosis
    Esophagus and stomach anatomy
    Feeding tube insertion - gastrostomy
    Gastric cancer
    Gastric suction
    Gastric ulcer
    Ileus - x-ray of distended bowel and stomach
    Nausea and vomiting
    Roux-en-

    • ANSWER:
      Daammmnnnn!
      WTF?
      Get a test and forget it. Can you say PHOBIC? I thought you said you had protected vaginal sex . . . If you are this paranoid man you'll never be able to enjoy sex at all. Get some ammonia, scrub in it, then scrub in bleach, then don two or three condoms, pray, inject yourself with an antibiotic--any kind will do--then proceed with full surgical scrubs and . . . .&^%&*)(_

  24. QUESTION:
    Worried please help 22 weeks pregnant?
    I have battled bacterial vaginosis a few times during this pregnancy. I believe that I may have it again. The symptoms have kind of come and gone in the past week so I finally called my doctor yesterday and made an appointment for this Wednesday. I'm just so scared that it will spread to the womb l. What are the odds of this happening? How ling does it typically take for bv to cause any serious harm? And are there signs of womb infection? I have felt my baby move some and always drink a lot of water. Please any exoeriences or advice. I'm so scared. History of miscarriage last october at 16 weeks with no explanation.

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Do i have a urinary tract infection?
    Vaginal Bleeding (Not my period because I had it the week before last just specs on the tissue)
    Pain during sex (Just during the first penetration)
    Vaginal Pain (Not during Urination random pain)
    Trouble sleeping due to back and stomach pain/aches
    The feeling of menstrual cramps

    BTW: I know I should see a doctor and I am but Ive been recovering from Bacterial Vaginosis for the past 5 months and I just thought these symptoms could be those of BV. Also the last time I went to the doctors for BV I had a pregnancy test so I know im not pregnant. They also said I had protein in my urine because of the BV. I know that that can also be a symptoms of UTI.

    • ANSWER:
      Deep pain indicates it's something more serious than a Urinary Tract Infection- that's a burning and itching sensation, but not inside the vagina.
      You'd have to go back to the doctor to get tested for BV again, or something more serious.


Symptoms Of A Bacterial Infection Burning

Written By: ibzzA1 - Jul• 10•12

Vaginal symptoms are in the middle of the most ordinary reasons that women consult primary care physicians. Most women have a vaginal disease now and then, and many women have them often

Vaginal infections are the most ordinary gynecological grievance in the United States.

There are several types of vaginal infection and each must be treated with the appropriate medication in order to be correctly cured.

http://www.stherbb.com/for-women/tighten-restore-grip-of-vagina.htm

Yeast infection may go after a course of antibiotics that were set for another purpose.

The antibiotics alter the normal balance flanked by organisms in the vagina by decreasing the number of defensive bacteria.

Some people believe that constant over-the-counter medication is the answer.

But some people think otherwise--they believe that home remedies are the best methods.

The good news about vaginal infection is that it is a circumstance that can be easily remedied and eliminate by using natural home remedies. The key is timing because if the infection is not treat earlier, it will take some time to cure and to put off recurrence.

Avoid Vaginal Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    i have thick white discharge with a mild odor to it my family thinks its a bacterial infection ?
    but i dont have any other symptoms assosiated with bacteria infections like that burning sensation when you urinate or itching i suspect that i could be pregnant could this be a sign of pregnancy or should i go to the doctor

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you should go to the DR. It sounds like it could be a yeast infection, but only the Dr. can confirm that.

  2. QUESTION:
    To have a bacterial infection, do you have to have symptoms?
    I am a growing teenager and i have been wondering what is on the bottom of my undies. I've asked my friend and she said that it could be discharge. I looked up what the possibilities are of me having a bacterial infection and i thought maybe that's what i have, though it is not constant, there is no itching or burning, and I am not sexually active. I asked my doctor and she said that there was nothing found that was wrong with me though it has been a while since i've gone. I really don't want to go get a check AGAIN (went twice from paranoia). If my vagina smelt like something was wrong, would it have to be bad enough to KNOW (saying "if you had a bacterial infection you'd know since your vagina would be giving off a very bad smell")? And it's not from being "horny" since usually I am not. I'll just be walking around and i would randomly feel something on my undies. it's never a lot. Is this all normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Your discharge is normal, it cleans and moistens the the vagina, some women have more discharge than others, unless it smells offensive it is nothing to worry about.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can you buy the cream or pill flagyl over the counter for a bacterial vaginitis infection?
    The doctor at the ER prescribe me the wrong medicine. He prescribe me Ciprofloxan 500mg for an bladder infection. I know i do not have a bladder infection. I dont have symptoms of itching, burning, or nothing. I know it's a vaginal bacterial infection because i had it before. The only symptom i am having is a foul odor and discharge. I dont want to wait til monday. I would like to know can i get something over the counter that would cure/treat my infection. Help! Help! Help! Many responders...

    • ANSWER:
      Not to be a smart #, but the doctor has seen way more UTIs & BV than you have. I'd guess that he also at least did a urinalysis to get the diagnosis.

      No, Flagyl, etc aren't available over the counter. You'll have to wait. Sorry.

  4. QUESTION:
    yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis?
    i have had the symptoms of a yeast infection, the itching, burning and all that jazz and i used monistat cream to cure the itching and burning and i havent had symptoms since, but i have thick white discharge that turns brown when it dries. i dont know if im confusing this with bacterial vaginosis because i know yest infections have similar symptoms with other infections and bv has brownish discharge. i have a monistat kit for a yeast infection but im hesitant to use it until i figure it out. my mother wants me to try it before we go to the doctor because we dont have the money to go see one. So, the monistat yeast infection cream helped the itching and burning, but i have white discharge the dries Brown. i dont know which one it is. ive never had any kind of infection like this before so please help if you have.

    • ANSWER:
      Vagisil makes a screening kit for this very purpose. You can buy it at your local grocery store or pharmacy. It'll be right next to the yeast infection medications. What it does is test the pH of your vagina to see if you have a yeast infection or bacterial infection. Yeast doesn't change the pH of your vagina, while bacteria does.

  5. QUESTION:
    Bacterial infection, yeast infection, or UTI? My doctors are idiots, HELP!?
    A few months ago I went to my "down there" doctor with symptoms of a bacterial infection. White, pasty discharge with a meaty odor. She confirmed it and gave me pills to take.

    3 weeks later I noticed it still had a smell that wasn't my normal smell but also wasn't the meaty smell from the bacterial infection. the discharge was thick and white. I made an appointment and my doctor confirmed it to be a yeast infection and gave me a prescription.

    A month later I went back with the SAME symptoms as last time. Weird smell, bitter is the only way I can describe it, and thick white discharge. It's not that it came back, it's that it never went away, the medication didn't help! Although this time I had another symptom.. it itched. This time she confirmed it to be a bacterial infection again. and gave me medication. That too did not help.

    I called a different gynecologist.
    When I saw this new doctor she diagnosed it as a urinary tract infection and gave me medication. I thought it weird because it doesn't burn when I pee and the smell of my urine isn't stronger than usual. But for once this medication seemed to help. All the symptoms went away except the weird smell and thickness of the discharge. Can a UTI really cause the smell and texture of vaginal dischage to change?

    I plan to make an appointment with this doctor again but I'm afraid she won't be able to figure it out either so I'm trying to figure it out myself.

    STD's & STI's are completely ruled out, I'm completely monogamous but was tested to rule out it coming from my partner. And I follow a careful cleansing regime... I keep it clean and I use unscented soap without dyes.
    Can someone give me ideas of what they think it might be or why the medication hasn't been working?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you did originally have a bacterial infection. You probably then got the yeast infection from taking the antibiotics to treat the original infection. I know it sounds weird, but it is fairly common for a woman to develop a yeast infection after taking ANY kind of antibiotics. This is due to the antibiotic killing off the "good" bacteria/fungus that naturally live in and around the vagina, thereby allowing the yeast to grow out of control and cause infection. Next time you need to take an antibiotic, tell your doctor this has happened before and they can usually prescribe you something along with the antibiotic.

      Are you using hormonal birth control or any other types of medication? Have you recently changed your eating or exercising habits? What about your partner? Your infections may be caused by something other than the obvious, so think about it and bring any changes up with your doctor the next time you see them.

  6. QUESTION:
    Burning during urination. What else could be causing my symptoms?
    Last week I awoke with what I thought was a urinary tract infection. My symptoms included burning during urination, blood in my urine and slight back pain. I went to the Doctor and gave a urine sample for bacterial testing. It was tested for ANY type of bacterial growth. An STD test was also completed. All the tests came back negative. I have been drinking 1 gallon of water a day and 32 oz of cranberry juice, but the burning during urination is not going away. I went back to the Docter and re-tested for any bacteria. She also did a visual inspection of the area and found no lesions. The tests came back negative again. The blood in my urine and back pain have gone away, but the burning is still present. The gallon of water helps get rid of the burning during the day, but when I wake up in the morning, after 8 hours of sleep and no water, the burning is still there. What else could be causing the burning sensation?

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  7. QUESTION:
    Why did my bacterial infection come back?!?
    I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis (bacteria infection that causes itching, burning in the vagina..etc..) about 3 weeks ago and was given metronidazole to get rid of it and I felt fine after taking it. I had sex with my boyfriend for the first time and we do not use condoms (I am on birth control) and he ejaculated in me. Now I'm itching again! Could this be because he has an infection too? We had sex when I was having symptoms 3 weeks ago but I didn't think anything of it. Now i think he might have it too and were just giving it back to each other? What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to health care provider and do a test.

      A health care provider will use a cotton swab to take a sample of your vaginal discharge. He/she can then measure the acidity of the discharge with pH paper. If your vagina is less acid than it should be (pH of more than 4.5), this may be a sign that you may have bacterial vaginosis. Your health care provider can look at the sample under a microscope. If the normal bacteria (lactobacilli) are not there, or if numerous "clue" cells (cells from the vaginal lining that are coated with bacteria) are present, then you have bacterial vaginosis.

      Furthermore, bacterial vaginosis often comes back, even if you take all of your medication and follow all advice. If your symptoms come back, see your health care provider and get treated again.

  8. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis??.?
    Yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis??.?
    Ok, i went ti the doctor a few days ago, because i had a yellowish discharge and i thought i mite have a yeast infection or something (i haven't ever had one before so idk what it was). And i had sex for the first time this month.)18..First i did research on it and the symptoms were like yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis. yellowish discharge slight itching. burning when peeing/irritation..So when i went i go a urine pregnancy test (negative.) An I told him i think i had a yeast infection but wasn't sure so he gave me two prescriptions one for (1) yeast infection pill and metronidazole (flagyl). so i took the yeast infection pill and started my first metronidazole flagyl pill,i take two aday 6 hours apart for only five day tomorrow is my last day. But im not sure is its clearing up properly. And after doing more research today i found out yeast infections can be caused by antibiotics. Isn't metronidazole flagyl And antibiotic?.So what is i had B.V Instead of The Yeast Infection or vice versa would having two medicines effect clearing it up?. and do i have to be refereed to a gyn by my doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah since this is a confusing problem and since you seem to be still having symptoms, I'd go get a yeast infection monostat at your nearest walgreens or pharmacy. what it is, is you insert these things into your vagina and they melt and its weird but it gets rid of the infection within three days it really helps alot.

  9. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection symptoms...without the yeast infection?
    On the 5th I was diagnosed as having bacterial vaginosis, and my gynocologist put me on a 5-day vaginal gel antibiotic. 4 days after I had completely finished the antibiotics I was in the shower when I noticed a white clumpy gritty discharge, much to the consistency of wet paper. There was a good amount of it and it had no odor. I've never seen this before and it scared me half to death! I looked around on the web and it seems that that type of discharge is commonly associated with a yeast infection. The only thing is, I don't have any other yeast infection symptoms - like itching or burning or anything, there's none of that. So what is this? I talked to my gyno on the phone and she was just as confused. I have an appointment tomorrow. Any ideas?

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  10. QUESTION:
    Could I have a long-term vaginal infection without experiencing any burning, itching, discharge or pain?
    I'm in my mid forties, and had a partial hysterectomy two years ago. For a number of weeks now, I've detected an unusual vaginal odor when I got to the toilet. I've had both yeast and bacterial infections over the the years, and this odor's different, not as offensive, but bad enough for me to feel there's something abnormal. The thing is, I've put off getting it checked because I haven't had other symptoms. There's been no itching or burning, no discharge, no pain or discomfort in my pelvis. In fact, I've become very dry, which I have attributed to perimenopause. That hasn't been an issue, as I'm not sexually active now. I did one of the home tests that indicated by ph change I might have a yeast infection, so used an OTC remedy, but no change. Neither douching nor Rephresh did any good either. I've gotten an appt. with my doc, but three weeks out. The only change I can think of is a a new med I've been on (bipolar). I just realized when I was off it briefly, the odor wasn't present.
    The medication is Lithium. I got on it about three months ago, was taken off of it for about three weeks to see if it was causing another side effect, then was put pack on it three weeks ago. But it seems unlikely to me that a psychotrophic drug would cause a change in vaginal odor.

    • ANSWER:
      Drugs can have surprisingly wide-ranging side effects, such as changing your urine (as my contraceptive pill did) so I wouldnt be surprised if there was a connection there. I wouldnt stress much about it, as you said you will be seeing the doc so just make sure you explain everything and get a few tests to eliminate things.

  11. QUESTION:
    Do I have a yeast infection or a bacterial infection?
    Three weeks ago I developed intense itching and discomfort, and more discharge than usual. After a few days I figured it was a yeast infection so I bought one of those three day treatments and used it. The symptoms didn't totally go away but cleared up a little. Then I had my period, and during and after it the symptoms returned, along with burning during urination. I went to an urgent care clinic, they tested me for UTI, which I came up negative for, then gave me a prescription for antibiotics "just in case." I haven't filled it yet. I've been taking acidopholus and eating yogurt, and it's only getting worse. I don't know what to do. If it's a yeast infection I know I shouldn't take the antibiotics, they'll only aggravate it. If it's a bacterial infection maybe I should? I'm a virgin and I read online that only sexually active people get bacterial infections. However, a few nights before this developed, my boyfriend was using his hand on me down there, and it may have gone on too long and too roughly. I was very sore afterward and then all this started. Please someone tell me how to fix this or what it might be. I can't afford to go back to the doctor and don't have insurance.

    • ANSWER:
      You can't afford NOT to see a doctor. While you're telling your boyfriend to be more gentle (if he's using his hand, that's suppose to be for your pleasure, alone, because his hand is not his genital), ask him if he can lend you the money. Your sexual health should be something that he's interested in.
      Better yet, tell your mom (not about the boyfriend stuff) about some of your symptoms and that you need to see a doctor. You don't say how old you are, but, you're still her daughter; that doesn't ever change.
      Sorry for the sarcasm, but, my heart goes out to you, because I know the pain you're going through.
      Also, remember, hands are naturally very germ-laden.

      God bless.

  12. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of a yeast infection wont go away!?
    I went to the gyno and got tested for EVERYTHING. i had a bad yeast infection as well as a bacterial infection...i took 3 diff. meds for the yeast and bacteria.....went back to the gyno to make sure everything was ok and the gyno said it all went away but i still have burning!! i dont have diabetes or any stds....HELP??!!

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  13. QUESTION:
    Bladder/Yeast/Bacterial Infections and hormones?
    I know many women suffer from all three of these occasionally. I seem to have one of the three happening all the time. Ive always had issues with bladder infections, then in the past 2 years Ive become plagued with yeast infections, then I started getting bacterial infections. If its not one its the other.
    About 7 months ago I had a child and while I was pregnant I had NO infections or problems. at all! I was hoping that my problems were over.
    Of course in the past 7 months I've had 2 yeast infections and a bacterial infection and A-LOT of bladder infection symptoms. but no bladder infection? I often have burning urination and strong rancid smelling pee that comes and goes. Along with cloudy pee that comes and goes. I have lower back pain and pain in my bladder, uterus and ovary area. It just feels sore and hurt.
    I drink a-lot of fluid and don't drink pop. I have a water bottle I fill and drink daily.
    The only medications I take are my birth control, The mini pill (progesterone only), and prenatal vitamins for breastfeeding.
    So the only reason I think it may be cause my hormones is because when I was pregnant I had no symptoms. Either hormones or Anatomically I'm not correct and I have pee hanging out in there still after I void causing the pain, and thus when I was pregnant and my organs moved around not causing me to have the issue. Ive been to countless doctors and the only answer I get is that its "normal" for women my age to have these problems and that its probably due to me having too much sex. Which is the farthest from the truth. Because of my problems were lucky to have sex more then once a week. Of course I have tried to explain that and I'm not listened to.
    So I guess my question is if anyone else has experienced anything like this or know what I am talking about and what was your experience or outcome.
    btw, Ive been tested for diabetes, STDS and urine cultured.
    Update : I never douche because that will do more harm then good, I dont use soaps either because yes that does irritate. It was not because of my pregnancy that I have these issues because I had them BEFORE I was pregnant but they then went away while pregnant. I only drink water and stay away from caffeine. Ive been dealing with these issues for YEARS!! trust me ive done the peeing after sex and drinking only water and the no douching or using soaps down there. Nothing has ever given me releif except being pregnant. I push fluids constantly. So that is why I asked about hormones and if they could be related to my issues and if anyone had any experience with that.

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  14. QUESTION:
    Bacterial Vag Infection that won't go away?
    Over 1.5 months ago, I went to the doctors with a UTI. That was treated. A few weeks later I noticed a few of the symptoms returning, but with a discharge. I assumed it was another UTI with a yeast infection.
    Turns out it wasn't another UTI, but a yeast infection along with a bacterial vag infection.

    I would like to mention that I have only had one sexual partner and vice versa. My boyfriend and I were best friends for years before we decided to date a few years back. (I'm 21 and he is 20.)
    Besides that point, the doctor's office insisted on checking for STDs because of my age and I let them because I knew that they would be negative---and I was right.

    Anyhow, they treated me for both. I had a yeast infection pill for before the start of the bacterial vag infection antibiotics and one for after since antibiotics are prone to create a buildup of yeast.

    It's been almost two weeks since the end of my last antibiotic pill and my discharge is coming back along with a few of those nagging symptoms, like occasional burning.

    Was my antibiotic not strong enough?
    I have not had sex since BEFORE my UTI was treated (lloonng time.) so its NOTHING sex related in terms of irritation.
    I'm just fustrated...any suggestions ladies?

    • ANSWER:
      I was treated for bacterial/yeast vag infections for 10 months before my symptoms went away.

      The only thing I can attribute it to was the house we use to live in had a pool and I use to swim every chance I got.

      When we purchased the house we didn't change the water and kept the same pool service the previous owners had.

      The week after we moved, my vag infection cleared up.

  15. QUESTION:
    the difference between a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis?
    for a couple days now, i've thought that i had a yeast infection. i had all the right symptoms: the discharge, the burning, swelling, inflamation, and itching. i tried to self-treat it. however, none of the symptoms went away.

    i researched yeast infection and found out that it is NOT, in fact, accompanied by a foul odor, of which i do have. i also read that bacterial vaginosis is commonly mistaken for yeast infection, yet carries a foul odor of which a yeast infection does not.

    i am a virgin and have never been sexually active before. bacterial vaginosis is said to be most commonly transmitted through sex.

    is there something i'm missing here? this could be serious; i don't want to treat it like it isn't.

    • ANSWER:
      BV (bacterial vaginosis) isn't transmitted through sex. BV is just an imbalance of the "good" bacteria and "bad" bacteria that naturally occur in the vagina. If there isn't a balance of these bacteria then it can create the symptoms such as a foul smell and discharge.

      A yeast infection is just an overgrowth of yeast in the vagina. It can have a white, cottage cheese like texture discharge and is usually painful and itchy. It's treatable with antifungal medication like fluconazole.

      BV is also treatable, but with antibiotics. See your doctor and get them to give you a prescription for some medication (usually the drug metronidazole).

      Good luck and take care!

  16. QUESTION:
    Do I have a bacterial infection? Whats wrong with me?
    Im 19 and here are My symptoms; severe stomach pain mostly in my lower abdomen, nausea, feeling really full, bloating, weight loss, fatigue, loss of apetite,sometimes a weird burning feeling in my tummy that could be acid but idk and i ALWAYS belch 24/7 all day every day. I think I may have gastritis cause by a bacterial infection called H pylori. I have the symptoms but im not really sure. I have been back and forward to the doctor over 4 years and had many test done including IBS test, Celiac disease test, thyroid diesase test, a colonoscopy and biopsy and several blood test that have all came back negitive despitean abnormality in my autoimmune blood test and I am anemic. So do you think I have gastritis? What are some test that can confirm and what is the treatment? Serious answers only please. I am so tired of feeling sick and not knowing why or what to do about it. I just want my normal life back. Thanks :-)

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  17. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me figure out a bacterial infection I have?
    I had a very severe bacterial infection on my hand, and was in the hospital for a week. The doctors never figured out what I had, but believe it may have been a mixture of staph and strep. However, in the hospital they treated me for three different things. Now, two weeks later I developed symptoms that I thought was a yeast infection. However, I tested negative for a yeast infection, and I have blood in my urine. Now, the doctors think I have a UTI. However, I have had addition symptoms such as sharp pain in the pelvic area, sharp pain on my right side, dizziness, and hot and cold flashes. It could be a UTI, although, I do not have an urge to urinate or a burning sensation when I urinate. Is this possible something else, if so what it is?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes those are all symptoms of UTI, I had one not that long ago and my kidneys actually swelled. I didn't have pain with urination either. There are many STDs with those symptoms as well. If you are worried it may be an STD or have put yourself at risk for an STD you should get checked. If not it is probably just that a UTI or bladder infection.
      It's very common for women to get UTIs. Tight pants, too much caffiene, silk panties, sexual fluids making there way to your urethra and many other things cause UTI.

  18. QUESTION:
    Male genital herpes, or bacterial infection?
    Here's my situation, I broke my ankle about a month and a half ago, surgery and all, I've been on crutches ever since so showering is rather hard, I had gotten a cold sore on my lip and it was my first outbreak.

    I assumed it was a pimple at first and didn't take much precaution, now 10 days later its clearing up... however! About 6 days ago I had learned about the possibility of spreading it to genitals on first outbreak, and then I started getting a burning itching sensation on my scrotum, now, 6 days after first notice, the symptoms are still there but with a little bit of painful urination, no red bumps or distinct rashes have appeared.

    Could all this be mental and caused by anxiety because I suffer from major anxiety, or could it be a bacterial infection because I didn't shower for 4 days, or is it likely to have this sensation with herpes for 6 days before showing visual symptoms such as vesicles, bumps or lesions.

    A doctors advice would be greatly appreciated or someone who knows male genital herpes well, ive posted many questions but no one answers it to what I am asking they just explain herpes which I know a lot of text-book information about

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,friend.sorry about your bad situation
      Firstly,Herpes have the symptoms of itching and pain,so it maybe,but you'd better to see a doctor,Because there is no picture of yours here.
      The herpes can spead to genital area if you don't do well on cleaning.So always be careful if it is herpes.And you should know transmittion of herpes.Then you can judge whether it is possible you got it by others.
      Okay,Good luck to you.

  19. QUESTION:
    Diagnosed with bacterial infection with similar sypmtoms as Herpes Simplex Type 1?
    I am in Korea right now and went to the doctor today for blisters on my nose, similar to fever blisters. I have had this problem before and it starts out with a tingling, burning sensation along with redness on my lower nostril that later develops small tiny blisters which eventually burst and form scabs. When I went to the doctor today he was adament that it was not a virus infection but a bacterial infection he preformed no test and rubbed the crusty scab off. My question is if anyone knows types of bacterias that can cause similar symptoms as skin herpes? Also if it was ok for the doctor to rub the crust scab off or will it scar? I am supposed to go back tommorow and if the doctor tries to rub the scab off again should I ask him not to? I am really worried about scarring on my nose. Also I work with kids and am worried that it could be contagious. Thanks in advance for you help.

    • ANSWER:
      try this site i hope it helps

  20. QUESTION:
    Medical advice needed about sexual contact with a bacterial infection?
    sunday when I got home from a weekend with the girlfriend I took notice of this one particular razor burn bump on my penis which was mildly painfull. I convinced myself that I must have cut myself shaving, and it did not heal properly. Tuesday night I saw her again and we copulated twice more, unprotected (I don't have casual sex without protection, but were in a relationship)
    wednesday It got worse. I thought for sure she had given me an std. I went to the clinic. chlymidia gonnehria tests still out btw, but the Dr. was asking about my shaving habits. After ruling out herpes(the man is a 30 yr vet of medicine) due to the apperance of the lesions and the abscence of other symptoms, he told me I had most likely contracted a bacterial infection when I broke the skin of my penis with a razor that was less than surgically sanitized. antibiotic bactracin zinc ointment given.
    I was so worried about what she might have done to me, It didn't cross my mind to ask him if there was a possibility I had transmitted this bacterial infection to her. So is there that possibility?

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  21. QUESTION:
    yeast or bacterial infection?
    ive head thrush for about 2-3 years now on my penis but never did nothing about it because it was too embarrassing and hoped it would go away on its own. but it has slowy gotten worse and there are a few things i would like to ask.

    symptoms -

    - penis is red and swollen at tip of penis making it really hard to pull my foreskin back to insert cream.

    - every so often i get like a fresh discharge of yeast

    - it isnt really itchy at all it has only be itchy one or twice and doesnt really burn when i pee.

    so is it a yeast or bacterial infection ? and how do i get rid of it with home remedies ?

    • ANSWER:
      for god's sake go to the doctors! You are not qualified to make a diagnosis and no-one here is going to take swabs for you.

  22. QUESTION:
    Do you think this is Herpes or just a bacterial infection?
    Okay so I had this one bump on my labia that was the size of a pimple and it was very hard. It had no redness or whiteness to it, it was the color of my skin. It lasted for about maybe a week and a half. The next day after it disappeared, my labia tripled in size on both sides and got white cirlces on them. It is VERY sore to the touch and It burns to pee(so I'm guessing these sores are open). The opening of my vagina is blocked due to the growth of my labia.
    It is VERY painful to walk or sit down. I went to the doctors and when she saw it she automatically said it was herpes. She took a couple of samples so I am awaiting the results. I'm wondering if this could just be something other than herpes, such as an allergic reaction or bacterial infection. I am 17 years old and I'm not sexually active nor have I ever been. I was molested last summer (June 2010) summer by a man who said his girlfriend has herpes. I don't want to believe it's herpes because I didn't show any symptoms or have an outbreak within the first 20 days .
    I do shave and I put Johnson and Johnson Aloe Baby Oil Gel to smooth it and prevent itch.
    PLEASE HELP ME!

    • ANSWER:
      It does not sound like an allergic reaction or a bacterial infection. Sorry, but it sounds like herpes. Just because you didn't have symptoms or an outbreak within 20 days does not mean it's not herpes. There are no set rules and it can be dormant in your body for a long time. The doctor can usually tell by sight (it has a distinctive look) and the tests will verify if that's what it is. There are anti-viral medications to control the symptoms. Good luck to you. If it is positive, you may want to see a counselor, as this will be a lifetime medical condition

  23. QUESTION:
    help me. im panicking. do i have BV or yeast infection?
    Okay. so..for months I have had all of the following symptoms

    -Burning while having sex
    -extreme redness, tenderness, and swelling for a week after having sex (especially near vaginal opening)
    -white and yellow liquidy in clumps of discharge
    -small sour scent only when I put my nose to the discharge on my pantyliner

    I don't itch that much. Only if I don't shave down there for a few days. but when I get my period and where pads, I get a horrible itching sensation from my vagina to my anus.. and it lasts forever.
    Because of this, I thought I might as well buy Monistat 7. I am on day 2 and now I am panicking. I didn't have any serious itching in the first place so I don't notice a difference. I just notice I have a lot of liquidy creamy white discharge (probably from the Monistat) and I had no scent. Then I smelled my pantyliner and I had that slight sour smell back.

    I know its only day 2 but now im worried its a bacterial infection and this might make it worse. I can't tell. I'm so scared and I don't have health insurance to go to the gyno. I really can't tell.

    For the past few months I've tried eating yogurt and taking Acidophilus probiotics along with folic acid to see if it would help and now I convinced myself I may have a yeast infection so I am not on monistat.

    Will monistat make this worse?
    and what can i do? Will planned parenthood be able to help me? I am 19.

    BTW i have been tested for STDs on my college campus for HIV awareness.
    oh and i forgot to add, when I have sex, there is alot of yucky white discharge thats clumpy and liquidy on the condom :( not sure if thats anything significant
    oh and sometimes the burning comes out of nowhere, even when i refrain from sex for 2 weeks

    • ANSWER:
      Your college campus should have some sort of student health services that is free or fairly cheap, it may be time to use this resource.

      With symptoms like this it is very possible that you have a yeast infection (monistat won't make it worse, but it also wont' cure it). basically there is no over the counter treatment for a yeast infection, just things th relieve the symptoms.

      You could also have an allergy to the pads you are using, soap, or laundry detergent. Think if you've changed any of these things lately. Try using only mild soap such as dial or dove and use unscented pads and liners. Also make sure you are changing your lines every 4-6 hours or earlier! all the wetness can also cause irritation!

  24. QUESTION:
    Urinary tract infection and pregnancy?
    I keep getting recurrent urinary tract infections, I have taken anti-biotics regimens 3 times during my pregnancy, and it has worked to clean the infection. I'm due in less than 3 weeks and I've another infection that has not gone after 9 days of using "Azithromycin:250mg", twice daily. What should I do, I'm really worried and don't know what to do now. I am scared to even tell my doctor that I am yet again infected with a urinary tract infection :( . I used to get stinging pain, burning, frequent urination, all the classic symptoms of a UTI, but this time I am getting a strange ticklish and squirmy feeling down there, as if something moves or squirms??! And the 9 day use of the anti-biotic was unable to clear the infection. Infact the pus-cell count in the urine test report increased from 8-10 pus cells to "numerous", I don't even have the old symptoms, is this a bacterial infection or something else? This particular infection has lasted for more than 15 days now. Again the only symptoms are, a weird ticklish and squirmy feeling, and a bit of pressure to urinate, which could be from the baby bearing down on the bladder as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your doctor. You are pregnant, therefore I would not risk taking any advice from anyone but your doc or pharmacist.

  25. QUESTION:
    vaginal yeast infection - how long until I see relief?
    I'm 40 years old, and have had a few of these infections before. This one seemed to sneak up on me, but after the first night of monistat, got MUCH worse. Years ago, I had a reaction to tiaconazole (sp?), but switching to monistat helped. It could be a reaction, or just a bad infection. My ONLY symptoms are itching and burning, nothing else. This morning (after the 2nd night of treatment), I'm only a little better. I tried the over-the-counter test to see if it was a yeast infection (I've never had anything but those, no bacterial infections), but I had already started treatment - it showed only a slightly elevated Ph level (4.5 is normal, mine was 5.0)...but it said not to test if you had begun any treatment. How long before I see results from the monistat? Can it take a few days?

    This is one of the worst ones I've had - maybe a change in hormones at my age? Also, will a physician be able to get an accurate test result if I've begun treatment already?

    Thank you!

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  26. QUESTION:
    Opinions on vaginal infection symptoms?
    Hey there! I'm planning on making a trip to the doctor this week, but I'd like some opinions and ideas to go with. For almost a week I've been suffering from vaginal burning and itch with a side of odored yellowish discharge. I started taking Loestrin 24 FE in February and have dealt with vaginal dryness since which has made sex overall less enjoyable. A week ago was the last time I had sex and I felt the beginning of pain during this time. Since that day I've been having the aforementioned symptoms.

    I've read that the itching sounds like possible yeast and the burning and discharge sound like possible bacterial vaginosis (BV). I went to the doctor in October for a similar issue for which she prescribed Flagyl, although she never actually told me what the problem was now that I think about it. She had done a blood test and I tested positive for no STDs.

    Opinions and/or similar experiences?

    Also, is it normal to feel itchy after unprotected sex? If not, is it possible I may have an allergy?

    Thank you (:

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Michelle

      There are many different causes of bv, basically anything that affects the balance of bacteria in the vagina can cause it but it is well worth getting checked out to be sure. I suffered with bv for about two years and it was not a pleasant experience i did a lot of research about it because i wanted to get rid of it, I found this website http://cureforbv.com it had a lot of info about symptoms and treatments and recommend you give it a look.

      hope this helps.

  27. QUESTION:
    What Are The Symptoms Of Bacterial Vaginosis/Vaginitis?
    Ok so in 2006 I had what I thought was vaginal warts and/or herpes because I had these itching burning pimple like bumps in my vagina that never went away.

    Stupidly I waited to get them checked out and when I did I had a pelvis and vaginal exam preformed and I was told that not only was it NOT an STD, but I had bacterial vaginosis/vaginitis and a yeast infection going on at the same time.

    The doctor explained that the bumps were caused by irritation from the yeast infection. Well unfortuantely I suffered from BV up until the middle of 2007 because it just kept coming back. I read that its an infection that just won't stop.

    Well now its come back, but I have no insurance. Medi-Cal has denied me and all the free clinics will want a co-pay even if I have no income. Are there any at home remedies to ease this pain?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) that a woman should watch for. For instance, if you should detect a vaginal discharge, especially after sex, it is very possible that you have contracted Bacterial Vaginosis (BV). The discharge, if found, is often gray, white or some women have reported their discharge as being yellow in color. The discharge itself may be thin in texture. Although many things can cause an abnormal discharge, it is very important that you see your GYN and take the steps to be tested and treated promptly. A ‘normal’ discharge should vary in consistency and be completely odorless.
      Other classic symptoms include a very unpleasant, foul fishy smell, which could become worse during or after intercourse, intense itching around the vulvae, swelling, and irritation. The irritation can be found in and around the vaginal area. Bacterial Vaginosis can also cause painful burning during urination. Some women have experienced stomach pains, which feel like severe menstrual cramps. Although the symptoms listed above are more common, half of women with the condition of BV have no symptoms at all, which could cause severe ramifications.
      In fact, some health care providers often misdiagnose BV as a yeast infection. Some of the symptoms are similar with some other sexually transmitted diseases especially Trichomoniasis. It can also be misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection or even a vaginal yeast infection.
      Should you have any of the symptoms listed above and they do not disappear with a matter of a few days, it is very important to see your GYN. If you do nothing about these symptoms, it is very possible that serious conditions will develop, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), reproductive tract infections, or reproductive tract inflammation. BV is a very troublesome and frustrating condition that women who are sexually active have to try to circumvent.
      Should you become pregnant while you have BV, this could lead to several complications. You may be pregnant and show no symptoms at all, or you may have persistent symptoms. If you are pregnant and showing no symptoms, it is very likely that you will deliver the baby early, which could lead to infection. BV also increases your chance of miscarriage. It is also very important, should you need a c-section that you do not have BV, which could lead to infection. Either way, you should ask your OB to test you to make sure that you do not have BV.
      If you have had an abortion or hysterectomy scheduled, you should be tested prior to the procedure to be certain that you are not suffering from BV. Women that have pelvic procedures such as a hysterectomies, or abortions are far more likely to develop a pelvic infection should they have BV.
      There are many bacteria within a woman’s vagina that can cause an abnormal discharge. To make certain that you are not carrying BV, make sure to see your doctor so that you can be tested and receive the proper treatment.

  28. QUESTION:
    Weird Bacterial Infection???? Need advice!!!!!?
    I have been experiencing painful urination with floating particles in my urine & also a light yellowish-green discharge. I have been tested for all STD's & my GYN says everything looks normal. I have been on a few different medications but when it seems as if its getting better it comes back in a few days. My previous partner claimed he was having a white discharge. (before we were together) They tested him for STD's and everything came back negative. They have been giving him a bunch of different antibiotics for the past 4-5 months and it gets better on the drugs but when he completes his meds it starts again. I noticed the symptoms when the condom we were using broke. All I could feel was this horrible burning feeling. (he was off his meds at the time) I am torn because I am not sure if he gave this to me because of our symptoms being so different. My regular Dr. & GYN seem to have no clue on what it going on. Any advice on what this could be & what steps I should take next?

    • ANSWER:
      you should go to another doctor, because things don't sound good, you may have a resistant strain, which would require further treatment than just any other STD, and yes it sounds like your partner gave it to you when the condom broke, sorry, but the best thing you can do, is not give it to anyone else.

  29. QUESTION:
    Burning and itching on and in vaginal area. Help?
    I have been tested for STD's regularly once a year for the past 3 years and I am married and only share myself with my husband. So basically I am STD free and only have one partner. Unfortunately I continuously am having issues in my private area. Symptoms are; burning, itching, swelling, peeling, burning when urinating. Also at times when I am wiping myself it feels as though there are a million tiny cuts all over me down there and so I have to dab the toilet paper and it is excrutiatingly painful. It happened two months ago (when I had health insurance, as I do not now) and my Gyno diagnosed a bacterial infection and perscribed a pill (I do not recall the name) and it was only one pill that I took immediately and nothing changed so I bought monistat and the symptoms cleared up. Now a little over two months later I am having the same symptoms but no health insurance to go see my Gyno. I have already tried monistat but that hasn't helped. I am currently on my period so I have been holding off on going to the health department until next week. Has anyone ever heard of these kind of symptoms and possibly know what could be the problem? It is interfering greatly in my intimacy with my husband seeing as how we having been intimate in quite some time now. Not to mention it is suffering at times. Hopefully someone can have some sort of input?
    Omg. What is the clapp? How on earth does someone get that?

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  30. QUESTION:
    some kind of vaginal infection?
    i recently went to the doctors with the following symptoms
    vaginal burning
    yellow discharge
    cloudy urine
    strong odour

    the doctor tested my urine which showed traces of proteins meaning i dont have a uti or some sort of bladder infection. stds are out of the question cause i have only had one partner and i am 100 percent sure he is clean.

    anyways he said it was just a bacterial infection so he perscribed me some antibiotics. they helped for a couple of days, the burning wasnt as bad, discharge lessened. but now just 5 days later it is back to normal.

    is it possible i need another dose or can i actually have something else? any ideas of what it could be would be great

    i have had this on and off for a couple of months

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  31. QUESTION:
    What could this be? recurring yeast infection?
    I have never had a yeast infection up until around a week and a half ago. Symptoms seemed like a yeast infection with the strange cottage cheese like discharge, no crazy smell. So I just did a one day treatment and it went away. But i did sort of have a strange smell in my urine that has been there for a while (not sure how long, a month or two?)... and also a slight discomfort, not really a pain in my lower abdominals...kind of like light, minimal cramps but it just stays there as a discomfort sometimes. I am having the symptoms again, and have scheduled to see my dr. tomorrow morning. But is there anything else this could be besides a yeast infection? Also, there is burning sometimes during sex. Could this be a bacterial infection, or a type of STD? Or is it true you can get lots of yeast infections if you are pregnant? any ideas would just help so i can reseach further and give as much information to my dr.

    • ANSWER:
      you need to go see a doctor, because if this is reoccuring and it doesn't get attention then you would be asking for some serious problems in the future(infertility), especially if it isn't a yeast infection.

  32. QUESTION:
    Could bacteria from Pelvic Inflammatory Disorder be passed onto my partner and cause him an infection?
    My partner has had a burning sensation on the end of his penis after urination - much more so if he urinates in the night the returns to bed in a lying down position. the problem began 6 days ago and has gotten a bit worse each day. He has no typical symptoms of bladder infection, such as tight full bladder and terrible burning during urination - it only burns after urination and for up to a couple hours after. He dreads getting up in the night for a wee because that seems to be the worst while he lies back down. He feels not near as much pain while standing up. He went to doctors two days ago and gave a urine sample. was told the results would be back today. Now the drs office says it got delayed and results would come back on Monday as they are doing further tests because the standard tests (bladder infection, thrush and STD's) have come back negative. He is in agony and cant get rid of the pain.

    I have had several episodes of PID in the past due to a Merina coil that I have fitted. I have had some abdominal pain and nauseau the past couple of weeks and think it has flared up again. The soonest my doctor can see me is Wenesday next week.

    Could I have given some kind of bacterial infection to my partner because of this PID? Has this happened to anyone else?
    i appreciate the comment about STD's, but that is not the problem here. Neither of us have ever had an STD. My PID is caused from the Merina coil fitted in my uterus - which I intend to have removed asap.

    • ANSWER:
      Definately yes; my wife and I had similar troubles

  33. QUESTION:
    Question about a vaginal infection?
    A couple months ago my doctor diagnosed me with a yeast infection and a bacterial infection. On Thursday I went to a pool for a couple hours (got in the water) and had sex with my boyfriend. When I woke up yesterday morning I was itchy. As the day progressed the itchiness turned to a bit of burning and I felt like it was the same symptoms I had a couple months ago when I was diagnosed. I called my doctor and she called in the same prescription. I took the Diflucam (treats yeast infections) but the burning and itching got worse, to the point where the top part of my vagina is sore (even though I refrained for itching the area). Is this normal of a yeast/bacterial infection? Should I have already felt relief from one dose of Diflucam and one night's injection of the cream? Or should I be worried it is something else?

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  34. QUESTION:
    Chlamydia? Urinary Tract Infection? Neither?
    Recently I have experienced symptoms similar to a U.T.I. (urinary tract infection), including frequent urination and blood in my urine- along with these symptoms I have also experienced a heavy pressure after urinating, but no burning sensation. These symptoms have now mostly disappeared, but now there is abnormal vaginal discharge. None of my symptoms seem to fit under one affliction, they're all scattered between chlamydia and tract infections and bacterial infections. Is it possible that having all of these symptoms at once is just a coincidence? Is it chlamydia? Is it an infection? Or is it something else?

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  35. QUESTION:
    can i possibly have a vaginal infection if there's no burning or itching?
    im 18 and only had sex for the second time last week and i bled really bad the first time so i put a tampon in (probably not a great idea) the second time i bled again but couldnt use one because it was so sore. i read that if you have an infection it increases the pain of sex. and recently I noticed a different discharge more tan/ yellowish and it has a slight odor, kinda fishy but i don't know if id confidently characterize it as that. is this anything to worry about?? its all brand new within the last two days and i cant figure out what it is because ive been told numerous things for only this one symptom that i have.

    i feel like i might possibly have some kind of infection but my only source has been the internet and i have gotten everything from "its normal" to "yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis" does anyone know anything that could help? i want the doctor to be my last resort

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  36. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis at the same time while pregnant?
    So I'm 14 weeks pregnant and found out that I had BV so I was prescribed Flagyl for 7 days. Well the day that I got my presciption filled, before I even started taking the pills, I started feeling very itchy down there, something I never felt the whole time I was waiting for the results back to see if I had BV. I have been taking the Flagyl and have a doctors appointment scheduled for Monday but the symptoms have gotten worse. It seems the BV is clearing up, as I was having a fishy odor before that is now gone, but now I'm itchy and burning down there. I've never had a yeast infection so I don't know what they are like but I've had thicker discharge, I wouldn't really say it's like cottage cheese, just thick and it doesn't smell fishy or particularly bad, it just smells the way I would imagine "yeast" to smell. I am absolutely miserable, not only is our sex life suffering because of this but I can't sleep at night and I don't even want to go anywhere because my lady parts are so uncomfortable. : ( Can anyone tell me before I get the chance to talk to my doctor what this is and what I can do to treat it, being pregnant and on medication for BV already? Please & thanks...

    • ANSWER:
      It's actually common to get a yeast infection after a course of antiboitics which is what Flagyl is. I can't remember off top why but it happens a lot. Just let your doctor know and let them prescribe yeast infection cream for you. After that is done you should be in the clear.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do i rid myself of yeast infection if it's due to injury of inner vagina?
    I am a 15 year old girl and i believe i have yeast infection. I hear that this is quite common in women at some point in their life so i'm not very worried, nor do i think this is anything else. I've never had sex before. My symptoms are itching, burning, and find it uncomfortable when touched. I've done quite a bit of research and know that Yeast infection(aka Candida) can be caused due to injury of the inner vagina. I think this is the case. Does that mean there is a bacterial infection in my vagina due to a injury and does that mean i can treat it? If so, how? I would like to get rid of this annoyance quickly and easily without going for medical help. Keep in mind i've only been experiencing this for a few days now.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. I Have Had A Y.I And Have A VERY Helpful BUT Disgusting Method. I Am 16 And Had It Because I've Had Sex, The Iching And Disgusting Discharge Made Me VERY Furious, I Also Did NOT Want To Tell My Mom. So I Brang Up A Page On Google About Home Remedies And Decided To Go With The Garlic Method Because It's The Easiest And Quikest. The Problem Is, You MAY WANT TO STAY HOME FOR ATLEAST 3 DAYS!! - Heres How To Do This Get A Chopstick Or A Need And A Peice Of Raw Garlic, Peel The Garlic And Poke A Hole Enough To Fit A Tampon String In, Now Get A Tampon And Cut Off ONLY The String, Put The String Thru The Garlic Hole And Tie It TIGHT! - Now Shove The Garlic Up Your Vaginal Hole (This WILL Burn A Little If Not You Got Lucky) And leave It In While You Sleep Take it Out The Next Morning And Place A New Peice in That Night Again. Repeat This Untill It's Gone. I Did This And Mine Was Rid Of In 2 Nights. I Know it Sounds Gross But It's The Most Used Most fast Method. Just Shower In The Morning. Also, Often Change Your Underwear And Use Airy Pants So Your Vaginal Gets Some Air. While Going Out Use Jeans So When You Sit You Dont Cause Further, Infection.
      GoodLuck! Hope You Get Better!

  38. QUESTION:
    Bacterial Vaginosis or Yeast Infection?
    I had BV sometime in august and the doctor gave me some sort of gel to use to treat it, it didnt help so a month later I went back and she gave me pills instead (metranozole or something like that) after I started the pills I noticed the symptoms were going away and no more discharge or burning. Well the day that I finished my last dose I started getting the buring again, throughout the next few weeks I ate alot of yogurt thinking it would help, and it sort of did but I have started having discharge again and it still has a fishy smell but this time it burns and swells up right after I had sex. I started taking the pills again yesterday because my doctor said maybe the infection didnt go away completely last time. But I dont know what the buring and swelling is after sex? is there anything I can use to make it feel better? Help please

    • ANSWER:
      The burning and swelling following intercourse is due to the fact that you're rubbing the skin vigorously....so of course it's going to become irritated (especially if it was irritated to begin with).

      I would recommend seeing a different doctor; it doesn't sound like whatever's wrong is responding to medications, so the doctor needs to do some swabs and cultures to figure out exactly what's wrong with you. Pain is the body's way of telling you something's not right...don't ignore it, and don't let them just shove you out the door without a proper diagnosis!

  39. QUESTION:
    Women: Can you have a yeast infection AND bacterial vaginosis?
    This is really embarrassing.. but I cannot get to the doctor for a few weeks yet and I'm freaking out. I'm 20.

    I was treated for bacterial vaginosis, and a week after the antibiotics it's like it came back. And now I feel a slight burning sensation and I itch and it's driving me insane and I can't stand the smell.. I basically try to keep my legs tightly closed whenever people are too close to me. Those aren't all the symptoms, but they're some of the main ones. I'm also not sexually active, so it's not an STD or anything like that.

    Is it possible to have both? And in the meantime, what can I do to not be in so much pain and discomfort until I can see my doctor again?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes this is possible. What you should do is treat the BV first! The reason that you are probably getting a yeast infection is because when many women take antibiotics it will give them this irritating infection! It has happened to me before too with antibiotics.

      So go back to the doctor, or better yet, call your doctor and tell her that you have all the same symptoms and if she/he is a nice doctor they may just call in another prescription. I would ask for the gel that they can prescribe for BV that you put in the vagina for about 4-5 days I think.

      Then after the BV is treated, treat the yeast infection with Monistat from the store. You wouldn't want to treat the yeast infection, then take more antibiotics for the BV, and get another yeast infection from the medication.

      BUT, with BV you can also have itching and irritation down there. So it most likely may be just the BV that has not cleared up. If you have not finished your medication yet then be sure and do so. This may be why you still have the symptoms. If you have finished your prescription then I would call your doctor for advice on what to do and ask if she can call in a prescription so you don't have to pay for another doctor's visit.

      Good luck hun!

  40. QUESTION:
    I have these symptoms, please help....?
    Before I mention my list of symptoms I had a really bad bacterial infection in my hand and was hospitalized for a week around two weeks ago. Now, I have an infection, which I thought was a yeast infection, but it is not. Here are the symptoms I have been having. Please help because I am a little nervous...
    -1-burning/irritation in the Vaginal area
    -2-dark color urine
    -3-blood in urine
    -4-dizziness/nausea
    -5-dull back and abdomen pain
    -6-gas
    -7-fatigue
    Any suggestions would be great, thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it could be a kidney infection. Please get to a doctor right away!

  41. QUESTION:
    Do you think this could this be diabetes?
    Lately I've undergone incredible stress and depression and it's tiggered major changes in my body.

    This includes:
    - Irritability, moodiness, light headedness, and constantly tired.
    - An increase in trips to the bathroom, I usually have a sudden urge to pee and I usually only pee half of what I normally have during bathroom trips.
    - Headaches.
    - A rubber band kind of feeling cutting off circulation in my legs sometimes at night.
    - Black stool (not sure if that even is a symptom).
    - Bacterial infection *down there*.
    - Upset stomach after eating fatty foods such as McDonalds.
    - HOT burning tingling feet (especially at night).

    And I just ate ice cream and right as I was finishing up I noticed a feeling in my wrists like something is cutting off circulation. It feels like a rubber band is wrapped around them and I can just take it off and the feeling would go away.. But it wont. :/

    By the way, I am 17 and will be 18 in three months. I know diabetes is possible at my age because a close friend of mine at school has it.

    • ANSWER:
      do NOT ask this online, you'll turn yourself into a hypochondriac. just go to a medical PROFESSIONAL if you think you might be. and what does your friend having diabetes have to do with anything? you can get it at any age.

  42. QUESTION:
    Does yeast infection ever produce odor and brownish yellow discharge?
    I ask because I have symptoms that seem to be inconsistent with what I've read about yeast infections. Foul brownish yellow discharge with a little bleeding (accompanied by a burning/sore feeling around the labia minora). I've read that yeast infection causes clear/white discharge with little to no smell and that if it's anything other than that, it's probably something more serious. Well, I can't afford to see a doctor right now, so I bought a knock-off brand of yeast infection medication - Miconazole. I've only used it once but it made the odor go away immediately and the burning sensation is all but gone. So I'm wondering if I actually do have a yeast infection or if yeast infection medication is known for easing symptoms of other infections like bacterial, urinary tract, sexually transmitted, etc. Has anyone else had these symptoms and it turned out to be a yeast infection?
    BTW, I began taking birth control pills for the first time last month. I know spotting is normal while taking the pill, so I'm thinking the slight bleeding is a result of that and not the mysterious "infection".

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  43. QUESTION:
    Do you think this could be diabetes?
    Lately I've undergone incredible stress and depression and it's triggered major changes in my body.

    This includes:
    - Irritability, moodiness, light headedness, and constantly tired.
    - An increase in trips to the bathroom, I usually have a sudden urge to pee and I usually only pee half of what I normally have during bathroom trips.
    - Headaches.
    - Weight loss.
    - More dry skin/ingrown hair on upper arms.
    - Hair loss
    - A rubber band kind of feeling cutting off circulation in my legs sometimes at night.
    - Black stool (not sure if that even is a symptom).
    - Bacterial infection *down there*.
    - Upset stomach after eating fatty foods such as McDonald's.
    - HOT burning tingling feet (especially at night).

    And I just ate ice cream and right as I was finishing up I noticed a feeling in my wrists like something is cutting off circulation. It feels like a rubber band is wrapped around them and I can just take it off and the feeling would go away.. But it wont. :/

    By the way, I am 17 and will be 18 in three months. I know diabetes is possible at my age because a close friend of mine at school has it.

    • ANSWER:
      Sugar test is so simple nowadays.Whats stopping you from getting tested.Diabetes or no,you do have health problems, may be from reasons that can be easily managed by a doctor.

  44. QUESTION:
    I think I have bacterial vaginosis, but how can I tell for sure? These are my symptoms...?
    I think I may have a bacterial vaginosis because my symptoms match it, but I'm not completely sure. I haven't been to a doctor yet, I don't really want to go because I've had this before. It's been a little itchy, like I don't have to itch it or anything but I can feel that it is itchy on and off. It's red inside my vagina and sore, it only burns a little bit when I pee and when I wipe. I also have a thin, white discharge that comes out when I pee, but it doesn't drip when I'm out and about. I took a mirror and checked up there and can see the white and it's thin and runny. I'm not sure what this could be, but I've had a yeast infection before and that was way worse compared to this. I am pretty sure it's a BV. I got some acidophilus tablets to take for it. I'm not sure what caused this, the only possibility I can think of is that I had sex a few days ago and something must of happened then? I'm really clean and shower once a day. If it doesn't get better I'm going to the doctor tomorrow, I'm just going to see how I feel in the morning. It's really annoying to have. When I don't think about it, I forget that it's even there.

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  45. QUESTION:
    is this a serious vaginal problem?
    about a month or so ago, i had a really minor problem. my discharge had a yellow tinge to it and i had an odor. i had had a pap during this and nothing came up. i thought it was bacterial vaginosis. but im not sure. then it turned into urinary tract infection symptoms. burning when i pee, vaginal burning and discomfort. i still have burning but now my urine smells REALLY bad. it is SO strong, but it doesnt smell like regular urine, its very distinct. kind of like brand new cardboard-ish smell but way more awful. ive tried making an appointment with my doctor but everythings filled for the holidays. ive been taking cranberry pills to help with the burning. i have antibiotics from my last uti. i dont know if i should start taking those and obtain more when i can get an appointment after the holidays? is this a serious thing now or did everything just escalade? what should i do? does anyone know what this sounds like?

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  46. QUESTION:
    I have the majority of the symptoms, HOWEVER my eye is not pink or red...?
    I checked WEBMD for Pink eye & I have the majority of the symptoms, HOWEVER my eye is not pink or red...

    Example:
    -Eyelids stuck shut when you wake up in the morning (the classic symptom)

    Uncomfortable, thick yellow or green discharge (often a bacterial infection)
    Thin, clear drainage from the eye (often a viral infection or an allergic reaction)
    Itching, burning, or feels like sand in your eye (often a viral infection or an allergic reaction)

    -A recent cold (often a viral infection)

    BUT my eye looks completely normal, it is not pink. Could I have pink eye?

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Discomfort, pain, burning - what could this be?
    I have had an infection for almost two months now. I initially thought it was a yeast infection, and I took two rounds of yeast infection medication and nothing. I then called my OB/GYN and I have a history of Bacterial Vaginosis, so she called in a Rx for Metrogel and a refill, so I took two rounds of this vaginal antibiotic and nothing. I am not working right now and have no insurance, and she charges 0+ for 15 minutes. I called my county and made an appointment with a Nurse Practitioner and am seeing her on 1/6, but I am so curious as to what this could be. Here are my symptoms:

    burning and itching constantly
    lots of brown discharge - go through 2 pantiliners a day
    frequent urination and urge to urinate, no lower back pain or kidney pain (had this symptom when I had my yeast infection also)
    when inserting medication, plunger had some light pink on it - blood I am assuming
    saw some pink when urinating today
    sometimes the discharge is more gray
    can feel the infection when I am siting, standing, walking
    stale, fishy smell

    I haven't been sexually active for probably two years and I know it isn't an STD. Does this sound like anything to you? I have had a UTI before, but if I recall, the discomfort was more in the bladder/abdomen region. 10 points if you can help me figure this one out! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Well I think it could either be a vaginal infection or a UTI. I am prone to UTI's and I have had all the symptoms you are having. There is really no way to tell what it is just by the symptoms your Dr. will have to do some test and send them off to the lab. Good Luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    Does this sound more like a yeast infection or bacterial vaginitis?
    before i had my period i had sort of a fishy scent, but not overpoweringly strong, hardly noticible. i figured it would go away. after my period ended i started to get white thick discharge, and the outside lips of my vagina have been getting red, irritated, ITCHY, and burn. I still have a small fishy odor.this is the first time with these symptoms and since im only 16 iv never been to the gyno. My mom bought me monistat 7 day treatment, but i couldnt stand it. it severly caused me to itch and become irritated inside. ( i also forgot to add that i just got off antibiotics.) i think a rational idea is to go to the gyno, but im too nervous. what do you think? also, what will the gyno do in my situation?

    • ANSWER:
      Only a doctor can tell for sure whether you have a yeast infection or bacterial infection or some other infection by taking a swab and run some tests.

      Most of us can sometimes tell by the feel, look, and smell that you have a yeast infection. If your symptoms don't match this list, or you are confused or uncertain, go see your doctor if at all possible.

      If it feels like an intense itching, burning sensation, localized in your vagina and vulva. This itching is not always present, but can get really bad, so bad you can hardly walk, let alone sit still or concentrate on anything.

      It looks like clumpy white stuff. Most medical descriptions compare the discharge to ricotta cheese, but it can range from thick and not clumpy to faintly yellow to thin and clear.

      It smells like bread or beer. In fact, it smells pretty much exactly like yeast.

      There are other types of infections that can sometimes infect your vagina and vulva and it's helpful to know the symptoms of all of them so you can be really sure before you go treat yourself for a yeast infection you might not have.

      A bacterial infection of the vagina can feel a lot like a yeast infection if the vulval area is itchy or painful. Unlike a yeast infection, the discharge can be dark yellow, green, or brown and it won't smell like bread, it can smell like fish or something rotting. If you think you might have a bacterial infection, or if you're not sure, get I would recommend going to see your doctor as this has to be treated with prescription antibiotics.

      Urinary tract infections (UTI's) are due to bacteria infecting the urethra rather than the vagina. UTI's can be fairly easily distinguished from vaginal infections by a host of symptoms, including pain or burning when urinating, blood or mucus in urine, needing to urinate often, pain or pressure in back or lower abdomen and a fever or chills. If you think you might have a UTI, don't delay, go see your doctor, because the infection can travel up past the bladder, causing kidney damage.

      Another type of infection called trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite that can infect both the vagina and the urinary tract, and is primarily sexually transmitted. If you have a trichomoniasis infection, your vagina can be itchy or painful, it can hurt to urinate, intercourse can be painful, and occasionally you can experience pain in your lower abdomen. Again, you have to see a doctor to get antibiotics to treat this.

      I would recommend you see your doctor just to rule out any other infections and to get a proper diagnosis and proper treatment.

      Good luck :)

  49. QUESTION:
    Could this be herpes symptoms or a something else?
    this is a very long story...

    In April of this year I was diagnosed with chlamydia. I believe I contracted the std in January. I took antibiotics and retested for it 2x in the past 3 months to be safe and the results were negative both times. However, since April I have had very painful urination ONLY on my urethra when I pee. I was tested for a bladder infection about 3 times and they all came back negative. I tested for HIV and Gonorrhea as well and that came back negative too. Finally they tested for a bacterial infection which came back positive. I was prescribed different antibiotics during this time but my symptoms did not go away, it stilled burned every time I would pee. Finally my doctor prescribed a estrogen cream called "Estrace" (typically used for woman going through menopause - but I am only 25 years old) and it worked! my burning sensation significantly reduced.

    well, about a week and a half after I started using this cream, I had unprotected sex with someone I didn't really know. I was drunk but noticed that during the sex I was very dry (which is unusual for me, I get very wet 90% of the time) and his penis's girth was rather large - so it stung a bit and therefore we stopped.

    The next day it really burned when I peed. I was really discouraged thinking my symptoms were back but then I got really paranoid about STD's. 4 days after we had unprotected sex I went to the doctor and told her my history and the fact that now I have had a burning sensation since intercourse. So she sent out for a culture of chlamydia and put me on 2 antibiotics to be safe. (one for possible bladder infection - Sulfamethox for 3 days - and one for Chlamydia - Doxycycline for 10 days) The first day I felt like I had the flu! my entire body ached and even my joints were sore. The 2nd night I actually vomited but I'm sure that's was because I had them on an empty stomach. I also started to notice an INTENSE vaginal itching sensation ONE hour after I took the pills. I thought it could just be a side effect of the antibiotics, maybe the beginning of a yeast infection, but over the past 3 days it has turned into an open sore on the base of my labia. I was very alarmed and went to the doctor today.

    He says my sore is very suspicious of herpes and sent out for a culture test. He also put me on Acyclovir 3x a day for 10 days to start treatment in case the culture is positive for herpes. He said if it is herpes, the sore will get better, if it is not herpes, the sore will get worse or not change.

    My questions:

    My concern is that I did not have white pimple like bumps that is typical in a herpes outbreak. Is that normal for people to NOT have the white bumps before a sore if you have herpes? I also had symptoms 4 days after unprotected sex and am unsure if that is too soon for the herpes virus to show up.

    I am also wondering if during intercourse I may have torn somewhat due to his size, but why would it itch so much 4 days later if it was a tear and then turn into an open sore?

    Could this all just be a side effect to my antibiotics since I started to notice the itch only after I took the antibiotics?

    Could the Estrace cream I had been using cause a sore to develop?

    Or me fear is that yes, it is herpes. - I should know by next week.

    I informed the person I had intercourse with about all of this. He said he has never had an outbreak or symptoms of genital herpes before but has also never been tested. To the best of his knowledge he was clean. But I do know that some people can go with out outbreaks for years and not even know they have it.

    Any personal stories I can compare my situation with would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for reading this!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm gonna be honest i didnt read your whole story its way too long! just a tip if you want better responses write shorter questions!

      With that said.. i have genital herpes and "white pimple like bumps" are not typical herpes symptoms..

      A genital herpes outbreak begins as tiny fluid filled blisters that eventually burst becoming open sores or ulcers. These sores later scab over, once the scab falls off the sore is healed and the virus is no longer active.

      Your symptoms of itchy open sore do indeed sound like herpes. But do not stress yourself out until the culture test come back and you know for sure. It could be a side effect to your other antibiotic medication.. Antibiotics typically cause yeast infections.. that are very itchy! As for the open sore just wait and see.

      For herpes relief email me and ill try to help you out the best i can. I experience with the virus. I have had genital herpes for about 2 years and thankfully only had 1 outbreak. It is a incurable virus soo i pray for you and lets just hope its something else! Like i said feel free to email me with any questions you may have. I would love to share my story if your interested.. and would be more than willing to share with you my knowledge on the topic.

      Good luck! It sounds like you have a lot going on.. stay positive, be strong, and i hope everything works out for the best!

  50. QUESTION:
    Burning sensation in my vagina, do I have herpes?
    I had unprotected sex 2 months ago. I have had no signs/symptoms of herpes besides yesterday my vagina started to have a burning sensation and I still have it today. It doesn't burn when I pee, it just.. burns and is uncomfortable. I'm freaking out, what could this be?

    (I went to my gyno today and got tested for all stds he didnt say how he noticed anything unusual about the appearance of my vagina... could it be a yeast or bacterial infection? I've gotten those a few times but it never burned like this)
    *btw the burning started the day after my period ended

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes does cause burning symptoms around the genitals and also when you pee but it those symptoms don't have to happen at the same time. Herpes can also take longer then the usual 2-20 days to break out because your immune system can suppress the virus for long periods of time even after you've contracted it. Herpes also doesn't always break out with big huge blisters or sores, they could break out as tiny raised pimples. Some people are lucky and don't have very few symptoms that they can mistake for some thing else.
      If the doctor didn't notice any thing then there is a 50-50 chance of any thing being wrong because you can't see every thing down there just by taking a look.
      Yeast infections can cause burning but you would have also noticed your vagina being dryer then normal, itchy, having a foul odor, a dry feeling in the vagina during sex and white cottage cheese like discharge. Ask your gyno if they tested for herpes when they tested you for stds, if they didn't test for herpes and you still suspect that it could be herpes then go back and get tested for herpes.


Symptoms Of A Bacterial Infection

Written By: ibzzA1 - Jul• 09•12

Vaginal bacterial infections are very common in women and more than 80 percent of women experience these kinds of vaginal infections at some point in their lifetime. There are many kinds of vaginal infection and bacterial is one of the kinds. Vaginal infections occur when the balance of the bacteria present in the vagina get disturbed. Usually, we have the good bacteria and the bad bacteria present in the vagina naturally. The good bacteria keep a check on the overgrowth of the bad bacteria, but when this balance is disrupted because of some reason, the bad bacteria overgrow causing infection. In some cases, infection is caused by a fungus instead of bacteria.

Bacterial vaginosis can be sexually transmitted or caused by other factors like douching and use of IUDs. Most women may not show any signs or symptoms of this infection, others who experience symptoms may have itching, redness, soreness, pain and irritation. Discharge from the vagina with foul odor is also a common symptom of vaginal bacterial infection in most women. This is not a very serious problem but can display disturbing symptoms which can be confused with yeast infection or trichomoniasis infection.


Stomach Bacteria Treatments

Written By: ibzzA1 - Jul• 08•12

Intestinal Candida Symptoms are usually caused by Yeast Infection which is a fungal infection of any of the Candida species, of which Candida albicans is maybe the most typical.

Yeast organisms are always present in all people, but are usually stopped from overgrowth by the other natural microbes in our bodies. At least 75% of all females will experience intestinal candida symptoms or Candidiasis at some point in their lives.

The Candida albicans organism is present in the vagina of pretty much all women and usually causes no issues. However, when it is getting out of balance with the other normal flora, e.g. lactobacilli, an overgrowth and intestinal candida symptoms can result.

Using oral contraceptives and some antibiotics, and diabetes mellitus can cause an increased incidence in Candidiasis. The commonest intestinal candida symptoms are itching and irritation of the vagina and / or vulva, and a whitish or whitish-gray discharge that can have a 'yeasty' smell like lager or baked bread.

Strongest Antibiotic For Bacterial Infection

Written By: ibzzA1 - Jul• 08•12

Antibiotics are the medications that are s 00004000 pecifically used against the bacterial infections. They are the best medicine to cure the bacterial infections. Nearly all the different types of the bacterial infections are being treated with the help of the antibiotics. Bactericidal and bacteriostatic are the two categories of antibiotics. Bactericidal antibiotics act directly by killing the bacterial infections. Bacteriostatic antibiotics act by stopping the multiplication of the bacterial infections. Bacteriostatic antibiotics are prescribed as the preliminary level of treatment, whereas bactericidal antibiotics are prescribed as final level treatment of bacterial infections. But, depending on your level of infection doctor may prescribe you directly bactericidal antibiotics.

Antibiotics are the medications that show effect only on the bacterial. So, use antibiotics only for bacterial infections. Viral and fungal infections cannot be cured with the help of the antibiotics. Antibiotics are prepared from the bacteria that have the antibacterial quality. This was first noted by the Sir. Alexander Fleming. Antibiotics began a new revolution in the field of medicines. No other medication was noted be as effective as antibiotics against the bacterial infections. Previously, people use to die because of the bacterial infections. But, now due to the use of the antibiotics deaths caused by the antibiotics are being considerably reduced. Antibiotics of different types have been noted to be discovered and are very effective against different bacterial infections.

It is strict warning from all the leading pharmaceutical association that, use antibiotics only for bacterial infections because if used for any other infections can lead to some severe infections. Antibiotics are taken only after confirming that you are suffering with the bacterial infection. For this the laboratory tests are done that makes it clear that which type of infection you are suffering with. Even doctors prescribe you the medications on the basis of these laboratory results. The problem of infections is becoming very common nowadays because of the unhealthy lifestyle that we are living. Sexually transmitted infections are the most common infections noted nowadays. Whatever may be the severity of infection you can cure it with the help of the antibiotics.

Bacteria are of two types aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic means bacteria that require air for survival and anaerobic bacteria are those that can survive without air. Both these bacteria can be cured with the help of the antibiotics. You can overcome the bacterial infections within 5 to 7 days with the help of the antibiotic drugs. Sometimes the timing may increase depending on the severity of infection and your overall health status. Remember that antibiotics are to be taken only as per the recommended dosage, if you take in excess it may result in the increases side effects. Regular excessive intake of bacterial infections may result in coma or sudden cardiac arrest.

Antibiotics are taken only for bacterial infections because if you take them when not required it may cause severe problems to your health. Remember you may also get some unwanted infection due to this type of unnecessary intake of antibiotics. These types of infections caused by the antibiotic medication are very difficult to cure and may cause permanent damage to your health. Antibiotics are recommended only for the bacterial infections any other health problems are not cured with the help of these medications. Many times we take it granted that what we are suffering with is bacterial infection and we take the previously prescribed antibiotics for it. But, this is where we put our health in more danger because it can not be confirmed just by visual appearance that which type of bacterial infection we are suffering with. So, please confirm this with laboratory tests and use antibiotics only for the bacterial infections.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I was given Avelox for abcessed teeth. Is this even going to work? I guess an abcess is a bacterial infection?
    My doc told me that this was a very strong antibiotic and I am sooo sick of taking them. But this one looks like its only one per day. Has anybody else been given this med for abcess teeth?

    • ANSWER:
      If you've been taking antibiotics, and the abscess is not cured, that is why you are getting the big guns now.

  2. QUESTION:
    Bacterial Vag Infection that won't go away?
    Over 1.5 months ago, I went to the doctors with a UTI. That was treated. A few weeks later I noticed a few of the symptoms returning, but with a discharge. I assumed it was another UTI with a yeast infection.
    Turns out it wasn't another UTI, but a yeast infection along with a bacterial vag infection.

    I would like to mention that I have only had one sexual partner and vice versa. My boyfriend and I were best friends for years before we decided to date a few years back. (I'm 21 and he is 20.)
    Besides that point, the doctor's office insisted on checking for STDs because of my age and I let them because I knew that they would be negative---and I was right.

    Anyhow, they treated me for both. I had a yeast infection pill for before the start of the bacterial vag infection antibiotics and one for after since antibiotics are prone to create a buildup of yeast.

    It's been almost two weeks since the end of my last antibiotic pill and my discharge is coming back along with a few of those nagging symptoms, like occasional burning.

    Was my antibiotic not strong enough?
    I have not had sex since BEFORE my UTI was treated (lloonng time.) so its NOTHING sex related in terms of irritation.
    I'm just fustrated...any suggestions ladies?

    • ANSWER:
      I was treated for bacterial/yeast vag infections for 10 months before my symptoms went away.

      The only thing I can attribute it to was the house we use to live in had a pool and I use to swim every chance I got.

      When we purchased the house we didn't change the water and kept the same pool service the previous owners had.

      The week after we moved, my vag infection cleared up.

  3. QUESTION:
    can I still get pregnant if I have a bacterial infection?
    I have a bacterial infection at least that what i think it is because im discharging adn it has a strong odor to it, so can i still get pregnant taking antibiotics for my infection?

    • ANSWER:
      you shouldn't be having sex with any sort of infection like that.

  4. QUESTION:
    Had a double ear infection and a staph infection in the diaper area... 10 days of antibiotic -staph back now?
    We were out of town visiting my mom and my daughter got sick. We took her to a walk-in clinic there and they just diagnosed her with a generic bacterial infection and gave her an antibiotic. Got home a couple days later and took her to her normal doctor. She found a double ear infection and a staph infection going on in the diaper area. Gave her a stronger antibiotic for 10 days. The last dose was Sunday morning. Then the rash in the diaper area came back and she has a fever again.

    I have a doctor appt for her tomorrow, but in the mean time while I worry... any idea what this is or if your kid has had something similar before? You'd think after 10 days on a stronger antibiotic it would have taken care of anything.

    • ANSWER:
      Until you can get back, is there any way you can site-treat the rash (baby powder isn't scary now that she's not a baby)? What about helping boost her body's natural immune system by keeping her active (not overly active, but active), and adding lots of Vitamin C and D (or lots of time outside) rich foods into her diet?

  5. QUESTION:
    Bacterial Infection?
    This is an extension to a question I had asked previously about swollen nodes and drainage at the base of my neck. After I posted that question, my ears and nose started draining and my eyes got severely red. My doctor said that it was a bacterial infection and put me on some very strong antibiotics.

    So I took all the antibiotics and everything seemed to clear up, but I am now apparently having a relapse. This time around, my eyes are draining yellow stuff and the drainage at the base of my skull is discolored. I know I'm going to have to go back to the doctor for this, but I'm floored as to what is causing it. I have never had drainage at the base of my skull or my eyes turn as red as they are (it looks like every blood vessel in my eyes have popped). Anyone ever experience this or know what it is/what can cause it?

    • ANSWER:
      It could still be a bacterial, or a combination of infections. Antibiotics are amazing, but not magical cures.

      I'm really sorry you are going through this.

  6. QUESTION:
    Pregnant with a Bacterial Kidney Infection...anyone else go through this or something like it?
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    Pregnant with a Bacterial Kidney infection that wont go away!?!?
    Well the whole story is this... May 9th I was having the worst pains, I had no clue what was wrong. I went to the emergency room and it just got worse and worse. Come to find out I had a kidney stone that was in clogged tube in my kidney. Which the lead me to get a bacterial infection. On 5/11 I went in for emergency surgery and they put a stent in so that I could pass the stone and hopefully get better. I was released a day later with pain meds and the strongest antibiotics I guess I can Take. It is now a month later and I am still in pain! I have conculted my OB and he said there is nothing we can really do until im 34 weeks and can deliver the baby. And the urologist I seen last week (who also did the surgery) thinks that I have another infection. His girls were supposeto take another urine culture, but didnt. I brought it to there attention and they told me justto go?!?! (idiots) Anyhow, I still have alot of pain in the vaginal area, hurts when I use the bathroom, and hurts to walk
    2 minutes ago - 3 days left to answer.
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    (Cont.) I finished the antibotic and now just in pain. I have been looking on the net to see what this could cause to my baby, if anything.

    So my question is.... has anyone went through something like his?

    Whats the reason my doctor feels its a good idea to deliver the baby at 34 weeks?

    Could this cause problems for my baby?

    Thank you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I had chronic kidney infections while not pregnant. The problem is that the meds that you truly need are not safe in pregnancy. They need to deliver the baby before they can give them to you as they cross the placenta.

      A significant kidney infection (complete with high fever) can cause your kidneys to shut down. I don't know exactly how having kidney stones complicate things other than blocking the way. It is likely that your doctor is looking at 34 week delivery because your health could suffer if this thing is drawn out too long. Infection can also cause preterm labor and that is an uncontrolled situation. At 34 weeks, your baby will spend minimal time in the NICU vs. waiting until you are so sick that you need an immediate c-section.

  7. QUESTION:
    Pregnant with a Bacterial Kidney infection that wont go away!?!?
    Well the whole story is this... May 9th I was having the worst pains, I had no clue what was wrong. I went to the emergency room and it just got worse and worse. Come to find out I had a kidney stone that was in clogged tube in my kidney. Which the lead me to get a bacterial infection. On 5/11 I went in for emergency surgery and they put a stent in so that I could pass the stone and hopefully get better. I was released a day later with pain meds and the strongest antibiotics I guess I can Take. It is now a month later and I am still in pain! I have conculted my OB and he said there is nothing we can really do until im 34 weeks and can deliver the baby. And the urologist I seen last week (who also did the surgery) thinks that I have another infection. His girls were supposeto take another urine culture, but didnt. I brought it to there attention and they told me justto go?!?! (idiots) Anyhow, I still have alot of pain in the vaginal area, hurts when I use the bathroom, and hurts to walk
    2 minutes ago - 3 days left to answer.
    Additional Details
    1 second ago

    (Cont.) I finished the antibotic and now just in pain. I have been looking on the net to see what this could cause to my baby, if anything.

    So my question is.... has anyone went through something like his?

    Whats the reason my doctor feels its a good idea to deliver the baby at 34 weeks?

    Could this cause problems for my baby?

    Thank you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same thing when I was pregnent with my son. Except I didn't get surgery I was hospitilized until my infection was gon and the stone were the most painful thing I have evr endureed. Drink water water and more water and stay active. I know its hard but the more yoiu move the less the stone will and the pain will subside. I passed like 8 stones after a monthj and half of pain and then I felt a lil better. My grandmother had a stent put in but my dr told me they no longer do those cause they are pretty much useless. Wouldmn't that be risky to do on someone who is pregnent anyways? I would duggest you go to another dr . You could possibly have a UTI from the pain of the kidney stone. I know I was scared to urinate because of the pain. Which is how I got a uti and then it turned into a full blown kidney infection. Just don't try to ignore your pain. Go see a NEW dr and let them know whats going on.
      My son was born early but he was qa scheduled c section. He was actually born at 34 weeks. But he was healthy so all my pain obviously didn't bother him.
      Its been 4 yrs and I still get kidney stones ALL the time!

  8. QUESTION:
    Pregnant with a bacterial Kidney Infection, has anyone had this or something similar?!?
    Well the whole story is this... May 9th I was having the worst pains, I had no clue what was wrong. I went to the emergency room and it just got worse and worse. Come to find out I had a kidney stone that was in clogged tube in my kidney. Which the lead me to get a bacterial infection. On 5/11 I went in for emergency surgery and they put a stent in so that I could pass the stone and hopefully get better. I was released a day later with pain meds and the strongest antibiotics I guess I can Take. It is now a month later and I am still in pain! I have conculted my OB and he said there is nothing we can really do until im 34 weeks and can deliver the baby. And the urologist I seen last week (who also did the surgery) thinks that I have another infection. His girls were supposeto take another urine culture, but didnt. I brought it to there attention and they told me justto go?!?! (idiots) Anyhow, I still have alot of pain in the vaginal area, hurts when I use the bathroom, and hurts to wa
    (cont) hurts to walk.

    Has anyone went through this or known someone that has?

    If so at how many weeks did you have your baby?

    How long did baby stay in the hospital for?

    And was there or is there now any affects from the infection?

    • ANSWER:
      My advice, go back to the doctor and check of a infection. A infection of any kind is not good but even worse if you are pregnant.
      This isn't to scare you but when I was pregnant with my last daughter,it turned out I had a very bad kidney infection, this was discovered shortly after I had miscarried--I was pregnant with twins, lost one. I think it was because of the infection I had that made me lose the one baby.

      If I were you, I would be calling the urologist to make a appointment asap or I would go to the ER.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the effective antibiotics that can control infections and abscesses caused by staphylococcus aures?
    Staphylococcus aures do not succumb sometimes to the intravenous applications of many antibiotics.
    bacterial infection consists of countless individual bacteria. Most infections caused by S. aureus are treatable with antibiotics. However, there is a strong possibility that a few bacteria will survive a course of antibiotics, perhaps due to gene mutation. The antibiotic-resistant S. aureus bacteria that remain then flourish, since they no longer have to compete for resources with the rest of the colony.
    Before antibiotics, a severe infection was fatal for many people. Penicillin was effective in treating S. aureus until the bacterium became resistant. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, new antibiotics such as methicillin and vancomycin were developed, which successfully treated S. aureus infections.
    Methicillin-resistant strains of S. aureus evolved in the 1970s and have troubled hospitals worldwide with persistent infections in patients.Give good antibiotics list

    • ANSWER:
      Huh? This sounds suspiciously like a school assignment.

      Garden variety S. aureus is easily treatable by antibiotics. The proper choice can range from penicillin to Fortaz. It depends on the patient, the risk factors, and the site of the infection.

      The Sanford Guide to Antibiotic Therapy is a good place to start looking...

  10. QUESTION:
    Bacterial Throat Infection?
    I've had a really bad cough for over 3 weeks now, been given antibiotics that never worked, on steriods and on another set of stronger antibiotics, I don't feel like i'm getting any better and constantly have pain in my chest, shoulders, neck and at the top of my back inbetween my shoulder blades (back of my neck), now and again I keep getting a stronger stabbing pain, in my shoulder blades, and in my chest and it feels like someone is pushing on the right side of my neck/throat (trying to strangle me), I am up half the night coughing and I constantly feel sick. I've been to my doctors 5 times in the last 3 weeks and have had blood tests done to rule out glandular fever which have come back saying i have a bacterial infection.
    I also have asthma so take regular doses of my inhalers to prevent having asthma attacks.
    I don't know whether to go back to the doctors or not as they are not very helpful just feels like they keep giving me antibiotics to try clear it but it doesn't work :(

    • ANSWER:
      Some infections are difficult to clear up. Bacterial infections are generally easily cured but can be worse than certain viral infections it depends on type. Streptococcus throat infections are very bad news. The key to a cure is to identify the source of the infection by identifying what bacterium it is, then the best corrective medication can be given. I'm sure you will get cured but it can take a week or two after the right cure has been taken. Asthma just makes the whole thing worse so poor you, I know how you must feel.

  11. QUESTION:
    Pregnant with Bacterial Kidney Infection and I'm having abdominal pains and pressure?Is this the infection?
    Let me start off by saying that i have posted a few questions regarding this infection and to the poeple that have anwsered you have been a big help!

    Let me tell you a lil more about whats going on.... I went to the ER 5/9 in severe pain! Come to find out I have a really bad infection and had to have a stent put in my kidney to drain.

    I was put on antibiotic (the strongest ones i could take for this infection) and it did not fight it off.

    I am ALWAYS IN PAIN..... I have alot of pressure in the vaginal area, blood in urine, can barely walk sometimes, etc. My doctor said its from the infection. Anyhow I was also told because the infection we will most likely do my csection between 34-36 weeks. (i've had two prior csections)

    Anyhow I know have pain in my lower stomach along with everything else.... is this the infection also?

    And has anyone else went through anything like this? If so what was the out come with you and baby??

    Any feedback will help...

    Thank you
    BY THE WAY... I GO TO THE UROLOGIST TOMORROW. I have also brought up how bad the pain is to my ob and he says theres nothing he can do until baby comes?!?!
    ~ Tarra I'm sorry to hear about your baby, it wont be long before he's home, my 2 year old was in the NICU and I do not want to go through
    that again.

    GOOD LUCK!

    • ANSWER:
      I had frequent UTI's with my daughter and had to be put on IV Rocephin because it became a kidney infection. It was really painful and caused contractions. I wouldn't mess around with it if I were you. I will tell you that after I delivered my daughter, I never had another UTI or Kidney infection. It sounds like you may be having contractions. I would go to the ER or to the womans center hon. Good luck to you. I hope the baby is healthy and your kidney infections gets taken care of. Drink lots!!

  12. QUESTION:
    Constantly on antibiotics during pregnancy...has anyone else had this problem?
    I'm 27 weeks (6 months) pregnant with my first baby. Around week 23 I had an absess on my leg that had to be drained and was put on antibiotics for the bacterial infection. Then I had a prenatal appointment and found out I had a UTI, so I was put on another antibiotic for that. Both of these were ten days worth of pills (taken twice a day). I finished both prescriptions. Then when I went to my most recent prenatal appointment they found out that my UTI hadn't gone away and put me on stronger antibiotics, as well as heartburn medication, and an antibiotic for another bacterial infection. I feel fine, other than the UTI and heart burn. I had no idea I had another bacterial infection and have no idea how I keep getting them.

    I know that the antibiotics aren't going to hurt the baby otherwise my doctor wouldn't have prescribed them (plus I triple checked with other doctors just to be on the safe side) but is this common? Or am I just a weird case? It just feels like I'm constantly being put on more medications and I hate it. Naturally, I take them anyway, because they're helping me. Has anyone else had this during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Your not alone in the first 20 weeks or so of my pregnancy I had already had 3 UTI's and was put on antibiotics. After the third infection my doctor put me on an antibiotic to take once a day until the end of my pregnancy, I am now 33 weeks so almost done with it but I was concerned at first too. I thought it was weird for me to take them when I didnt have an infection but I am taking them as a preventative measure so that hopefully I wont get anymore infections and so far it has worked. Good luck in your pregnancy and congratulations.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what kind of bacteria cows have if you get bitten and it gets infected?
    I was bitten by a cow and its badly infected. I had to be hospitalized for it, and they took a sample of it to see what infection i might have. Does anyone know if it would just be a regular bacterial infection or something worse? I'm a bit nervous, my hand is really swollen and red. The actual bite area turned into a blister looking thing filled with skin. They put me on really strong antibiotics and im hoping they work. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are really worried, you should talk to your doctor about your concerns. Also, how were you bitten by a cow? (curiousity)

  14. QUESTION:
    i dont want to use antibiotics again...please name a few natural antibacterial foods?
    i had a throat bacterial infection 2 months ago and i did a course of a very strong antibiotic......now i also have a bacterial infection with yello mucus...i got it from my younger cousins who were very sick and i was babysitting them.......my mother wont let me use antibiotics and she has made soups for me with ginger,garlic,honey etc......is it true as my mom claims that i can be cured by natural food and i wont have to use antibiotics????

    • ANSWER:
      Natural foods can enhance your immunity to fight the infections, but once you have infection you will certainly need antibiotics to clear the infection. Try saline gargles a couple of times every day.
      Regular exercises and healthy habbits will help you in long run. TRY NOT to increase the assault of infection and then visiting the doctor for a cure, when he will be forced to use stronger and costly antibiotics for a longer period.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is there currently a stronger push for health providers to not prescribe antibiotics?
    I was sick for 2 months straight last year with a few bacterial infections (back-to-back) and my clinic refused to prescribe antibiotics despite confirmed bacterial infections. Today, my roommate woke up with a clear case of strep throat and was also refused antibiotics. In both cases we were told that antibiotics are creating super bugs. While I agree with limiting antibiotic use and abuse, I do not agree with allowing people to suffer with clearly discernible bacterial infections.

    I am now under the assumption that health providers are making stronger pushes against antibiotic prescriptions. Is this correct? How can we, as sick patients, deal with this in a positive way and still get the care we need?

    Furthermore, we are very busy college students with classes to attend and things to take care of. If we are sicker longer, how should we conduct business? Attending class sick only exposes more students to infection. Missing too much class (even with communication with the instructor) sets us back pretty far. What are some possible solutions to this new dilemma?

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of Bacterial Vaginosis?
    Hello..I have been looking around all morning about this. I have had bacterial vaginosis infections on and off CONSTANTLY it seems, for like 5 years. I go to the doctor and take the prescribed antibiotics (pills, gels, whatever) and being an ANTIbiotic, those kill bacterial indiscriminately, so the good and necessary bacterias are killed alongside with the bad. Sure, the prescriptions treat it and it goes away. But then after doing anything sexual, i have another infection all over again, sometimes even after just having sex once! So needless to say, I am chronic sufferer of BV. I was doing research about it online but most every site is out to get you to buy something, I want to avoid doing that! I was more looking for some things I can do on my own. So far the closest and best thing I think I've found is to try Acidophilus (& maybe in combination with folic acid.) My question is, does anyone know anything that can be used to treat or perhaps even cure BV?! I am soo tired of having recurring infections! The smell is so strong and pungent at times! Also, does anyone know what causes this to happen so often and what the root of the problem is? Instead of just treating it, it'd be miraculous to actual figure it out and CURE it. Any advice or help would be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      your partner needs to get treated too yous are just keep pasing it on to each other i had that once and that is after i had my baby. are you itchy at all? i been itchy for years and no one seems to no what is wrong with me i got tested for every std out there. i feel for you its very stressful where did you get the medicine you were using?

  17. QUESTION:
    natural antibacterial foods/vegetables,fruits???
    i had a throat bacterial infection 2 months ago and i did a course of a very strong antibiotic......now i also have a bacterial infection with yello mucus...i got it from my younger cousins who were very sick and i was babysitting them.......my mother wont let me use antibiotics and she has made sopus for me with ginger,garlic,honey etc......is it true as my mom claims that i can be cured by natural food and i wont have to use antibiotics????

    • ANSWER:
      yes it is true!
      many fruits vegetables and other foods strengthen the immune system
      and help the body naturally fight off bacteria. citrus, salt, and acidic foods even kill bacterium in the throat and mouth..
      when the body is so used to antibiotics, it becomes slower to react to infection. one way to counteract this is to chow down on the many foods that make our immune system strong and keep it in good working order!

      soups good for you {especially chicken soup, chicken noodle, cream of chicken etc.}

  18. QUESTION:
    natural antibacterial foods?
    i had a throat bacterial infection 2 months ago and i did a course of a very strong antibiotic......now i also have a bacterial infection with yello mucus...i got it from my younger cousins who were very sick and i was babysitting them.......my mother wont let me use antibiotics and she has made sopus for me with ginger,garlic,honey etc......is it true as my mom claims that i can be cured by natural food and i wont have to use antibiotics????

    • ANSWER:
      If your mucus is yellow or green it means you have a sinus infection & would probably need an antibiotic.

      You can try Mucinex with lots of water (it works great to thin & loosen mucus).
      Gargle with very warm salt water 3X/day.
      Gargle with Hydrogen peroxide (will feel weird because of bubbles).
      Use saline nasal spray several times/day to keep sinuses & nostrils moist. Use lotion to coat your nostrils/day.
      Take Vit.C 1000mg. every 3 hrs. for 2-3 days.
      Suck on Zinc lozenges.
      Zinc 30-50mg/day

      To really boost immune system: Astragalus; goldenseal root (only 5 days in a row).

      Kiwi (highest Vit. C content); oranges; grapefruits; red grapes; broccoli; brussel sprouts; frozen blueberries; raspberries; spinach; etc.

      Feel better.

  19. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection and BV?
    I went to the doctor and she said I had BV(bacterial vaginosis) and a Yeast infection. I don't know how I got the BV because, I've never had sex, although she said that people who havent can still get it. I did at one time use a strong anti-bacterial soap....maybe that messed things up? anyway she gave me a pill for the yeast then an antibiotic for the BV and then another pill for yeast after I finish the antibiotic. Its still burns a little bit (I've noticed a little increase in burning since yesterday, and more discharge)..and is a little itchy, the redness has mainly went away....I feel about 90% better but not all the way. I have 1 more antibiotic to take and then the pill for yeast tomorrow...will it just take time to heal or should I be concerned? Maybe the increased burning is due to a yeast infection caused by the antibiotic? I have a pill to take for that tomorrow.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to start taking probiotic or eating mega doses of real yogurt now. She should have given you something to prevent the yeast infection, call the nurse and get the pill as soon as you can or youll have worse problems. You shouldnt have to go back in unless your dr is needing the office visit money.

      TIght clothing and undergarments can also cause problems like this or high sugar diets and also if you eat a lot of white flour, pop, diet pop, energy drinks.

  20. QUESTION:
    can taking acidophilis while on strong antibiotics make a person more ill?
    my husband is taking zosyn for a severe bacterial infection via IV's. Since taking the acidophilis he has been getting severe headaches, knee pain and back pain. Could it be the combination?

    • ANSWER:
      Sure, it could be ANYTHING. Don't take medical advice from anyone on Yahoo Answers. Tell him to see his doctor.

  21. QUESTION:
    Chlamydia or a simple yeast infection?
    Ok, so I have to lay the timeline down in order for this to make sense....

    About two weeks ago I used a 5 day Antibiotic called Metronidazole in order to cure a BV(Bacterial Vagionosis) infection that I had...about a week after that I had unprotected sex with my long distance boyfriend and just 3 days ago I began having a vaginal itch and a white thick discharge. I have had yeast infections before, and although it feels like one..the discharge is more milky than cottage cheese like and there is no odor.

    I am aware that most people will get a yeast infection after taking antibiotics, so part of me believes that was the cause of my discomfort, however I am not naive to the fact that I could have contracted chlamydia. I have been experiencing discomfort since Friday night..and I will not be able to see a Dr. until Thursday...I had my gyno call in Diflucan to my local CVS because I didnt want to use the cream if I was going to the Dr. on Thursday...seems messy...Anyways..should I take the Diflucan so that hopefully if it is a yeast infection I can begin to relieve some discomfort..or should I uncomfortably wait it out until Thursday to see if it is a yeast infection or something more serious before taking any medication?

    Also, even more embarassing I had an abortion about two months ago, and i was given Doxycyline, in order to fight any infection from the procedure...I never finished the entire prescription and had two pills left...I just read that 100mg of Doxycycline is the cure for Chlamydia..even though I am sure that two pills is not a strong enough does to cure it...I was thinking that it wouldn't hurt in case Chlamydia was the case...I am getting so anxious because I just want to get better so I need some advice....Diflucan...the two pills of Doxycycline...Both...or suffer for two more days and not do anything? Help Please

    Thanks for your help....

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    What is best for UTI?
    Is D Mannose Urinary Tract Cleanse 120Caps 500 better than AZO cranberry supplement?
    I have had constant UTI for the past three months. I go to the doctor get tested, have a high white blood cell count, the do a urine culture and the culture comes back with no growth.(which means no infection) I have been on macro bid and a stronger antibiotic, even penicillin. I was put on penicillin for a different kind of bacterial infection. then shortly it came back so i decided to stop going to the family doctor. Went to the gyno and they tested me for BV (bacterial vaganois) which i ended up having. So she gave me some kind of cream that i had to insert like a tampon. Then at the same time I had a yeast infection(from all the antibiotics) and a uti that eventually showed no growth.

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest getting your doctor to put you on a very low dose anti-biotic that you take every day. This will prevent over growth of bacteria.
      Some tips:
      -DO NOT DOUCHE douching gets rid of good bacteria and bad bacteria, therefore you have no protection against infection because you've washed away the good bacteria that help protect you
      -pee before and after sex
      -DON'T HOLD YOUR URINE! Even if it feels like you don't need to go, sit on the toilet anyway every couple hours
      -I know it sounds weird and gross but just in case -- never put anything non-sterile in your vagina (except the obvious --- you obviously don't need to sterilize your significant other's parts!)
      -Drink cranberry juice daily or you can try the cranberry pills

      To reduce pain/symptoms:

      -AZO -- you can buy it at the drug store or get a prescription for pyridium from the Dr. but it is honestly the same thing and if you don't have good insurance, go for the AZO.
      -Warm baths
      -LOTS of water -- even though it hurts when you pee

      Good luck. Hope this helps.
      And as far as getting rid of what you have now, you need anti-biotics.

  23. QUESTION:
    Should I just stop taking the antibiotic?
    I was placed on Dicloxacillin for a Bartholin cyst that seems to be draining on its own b/c they didn't want an infection to spread to the [unborn] baby. This is the fourth day I'm taking it and I have been noticing increasing side effects (increase in vaginal discharge that smells very similar to medicine, increase stomach ache, tingling headache and now a sore throat - not to mention the baby's kicks seem different). I was very concerned when I later found out that those allergic to Ceclor or with stomach problems (I fall into both categories) should notify their doctor before taking this medicine. The OB who placed me on it doesn't seem so concerned, though - they STILL haven't returned my call. What should I do? I know that you're suppose to finish all your med or the bacterial infection can come back stronger, but I am starting to feel this medicine is doing more harm than good.

    • ANSWER:
      diclox can be harsh, but you should continue until your doctor advises you otherwise. Bartholin cysts are wicked painful, I know you don't want that beast to return. Call your doctor again and tell them your really concerned, if they don't call you back, you need another dr.

  24. QUESTION:
    Unusual application of Ciprofloxacin?
    I went to my Doctor for unusual vaginal discharge and they did a bacterial culture and said that though they didn't find any STD's they found some "bacteria that weren't supposed to be there" and thus prescribed me Ciprofloxacin. However, I understand that this is a pretty strong antibiotic, and isn't usually prescribed for vaginal bacterial infections. Why would my doctor prescribe this?

    • ANSWER:
      You haven't been completely checked up. Just a pelvic examination is insufficient and you must visit a gynaecologist. At this point it is important that you provide additional detail in regards to what type of bacteria culture was found as oppose to candida albicans. Secondly, the following examinations are a must needed:
      - Colonscopy by a gynaecologist and samples collected for a biopsy, including pap test.

      As for Ciprofloxacin, is it prescribed as tablets, normal drops or to be injected? In case if it turns out to be unnecessarily prescript, especially if you end up having an adverse reaction to it then your doctor is not at much lose as much you will be. Try to discontinue the antibiotic if you are still at the first or second day of regimen. Otherwise, at once arrange for the above advised evaluations.

      Good Health To You!

  25. QUESTION:
    Can I have a UTI/bladder infection without symptoms?
    I had a UTI before, took antibiotics and then the symptoms are gone but I am having what could be yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis after (with yellow discharge)....I don't have frequency and urgent urination anymore and it doesn't hurt when i pee, no more blood in urine but my urine has changed its odor, it smells so strong. I dipped my urine with AZO strip and came out positive for nitrite and WBC...?

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Azithromycin (z-pack) antibiotic? does it take time to work ?

    hi,
    I've had some really bad bacterial infection for last 3 weeks. Have been out of College for last week. Doctor prescribed me Amoxil. After taking it for 8 days i didn't see much difference.

    Now I have been prescribed azithromycin.
    Anyone else had this antobiotic before and is it stronger then Amoxil ?

    I just had my second dose (3rd pill).
    When will I start seeing some improvement ?

    Male, 21

    • ANSWER:
      Typically when treating a bacterial infection with antibiotics there will be improvement in 24 - 36 hours. However, that depends on many factors. The most important factor is whether you truly have a bacterial infection, or not. If there is not one (which is usually the case) there will be no improvement. Secondly, the bug that you are treating has to be sensitive to that antibiotic.

      Amoxicillin and azithromycin have been around the block, so to speak. They have both been grossly overprescribed and overused in the community which results in development of resistance. Unfortunately, the reality is that many organisms in the community are now resistant to those antibiotics.

      Describing antibiotics in terms of their strength is a misnomer. Antibiotics are not stronger or weaker than another, but they do have different spectra of coverage (gram - or +, MRSA, VRE etc...)

      If you have a skin infection (cellulitis) and are not improving you should have a culture and sensitivity performed to define the organism. This is especially true given the high prevalence of resistant Staph (MRSA) in the community.

  27. QUESTION:
    Extremely painful swallowing, sore throat, strep?
    I've got a bit of background to share. I first started feeling ill a little over 2 weeks ago. I had a very bad headache and a high fever, and several days later, my throat started to feel sore. At that point, I went in to a cheap clinic and got a quick strep test, which was negative. I was prescribed Amoxicillin anyways, since apparently my throat looked like it was developing a bacterial infection.

    I was on the Amoxicillin for a week, getting consistently worse each day. I developed some nasty looking tonsilitis. I went back to the clinic and had a mono spot done, which came out negative. At that point I went to urgent care for blood tests. My white blood cell count was 11 thousand-something, if I remember right, which the doctor said suggested a bacterial infection. He put me on Levaquin, a supposedly stronger antibiotic.
    That was Sunday, it is now Friday morning, and my throat has become so sore that I can't swallow. I can't eat, and it's very difficult to drink and stay hydrated. I've thrown up a couple times now, and nothing has come out but chunks of mucus. I think the nausea was brought on by dehydration. I need to constantly spit and clear my throat of mucus since I can't swallow, which makes me worry even more about dehydration.

    If this was just strep, shouldn't it be getting better by now? I do have the red dots on the roof of my mouth that are characteristic of strep.

    I could use some advice from professionals out there. I do not have medical insurance, so I am reluctant to go back in again. This is the first time I've been sick in over four years.

    • ANSWER:
      if your throat is badly sore and your looking for temp relief try motrin.
      Strep has bad sore throat, fever 101+ and white in the back of your throat.
      If this antibiotic doesn't work ask about Bioxin or the generic for Bioxin. its generally given 500 mg twice a day for 2 weeks. that will kick whatever you have!
      Also if your on strong antibiotic for a long time and your a woman eat some yogurt with active yeast!
      Hope i helped

      ice cream and soup is a good idea, chicken soup!
      keep your temperature down because i high fever will make you feel worse!
      stay in bed and rest
      Feel better

      you should go back if you still have a fever. not good to let those things go..
      def ask for a strong med like 2 week worth
      Bioxin is a good one for strep

      strep can be difficult sometimes and not go away with the first antibiotic. get lots of rest and get more antibiotic.. you should start feeling better within 3 days of taking the meds or go back asap!!!!
      strep throat can lead to a serious kidney disease if it does not go away so go back to the doctor

      be careful with Ceclor/Cefaclor because many people are allergice to Ceclor!! Most Doctors dont prescribe Ceclor anymore because of all the bad reactions and if you dont know weather or not your allergic to it or not don't take it.. most common side effects is your whole body breaking out in hives.. most commonly a doctor will prescribe a derivative of Ceclor which can cause the same reaction so he will tell you to take it in the morning and be watched during the day in case you have a reaction and also prescribe you a high dose of Benidryl to counter the reaction if you do get one. If you're already that sick i would try to stay away from anything that will make you worse but if your sure you're not allergic then go for the Ceclor derivative because it's strong.. remember eat yogurt!!!

  28. QUESTION:
    Small dog sick for about a month, vet stumped. Suggestions?
    My dog has been sick for nearly a month now. Started out with lethargy and trying to blow her nose and clear her throat. She was occassionally vomiting white foam. Took her to the vet and they suggested allergies. A few days later, no improvement and increased vomiting and lethargy. Went back to the vet. They prescribed antibiotics and peptcid. Within a week she had two seizures and foaming at the mouth. Back to the vet, blood work and xrays. Liver enzymes elevated, small nodule on the lung, urinalysis showed bacterial infection, and air throughout the intestines. Vet stumped. Stronger antibiotic prescribed, valuim, anti-seizure med, and more antacid. All the meds made her very sedated. Vet eliminated the valuim. Now she is drinking and urinating ALOT, not eating, weak, unbalanced, and very lethargic. She is urinating without even standing up. Taking her back to the vet for the 5th time tomorrow. Suggestions please!

    • ANSWER:
      Ask for a referral to an internist vet, or a teaching/research vet hospital at a University, even if you have to drive some distance to get there. A good vet knows when to refer out if an issue is beyond their capabilities to diagnose.

  29. QUESTION:
    Azithromycin (z-pack) antibiotic? does it take bit time to work ?

    hi,
    I've had some really bad bacterial infection for last 3 weeks. Have been out of College for last week. Doctor prescribed me Amoxil. After taking it for 8 days i didn't see much difference.

    Now I have been prescribed azithromycin.
    Anyone else had this antobiotic before and is it stronger then Amoxil ?

    I just had my second dose (3rd pill).
    When will I start seeing some improvement ?

    Male, 21

    • ANSWER:
      Azithromycin is not necessarily a stronger antibiotic, but it works differently than Amoxil, in the way in which it affects the bacteria in the body. You should start to see an improvement before you complete the course prescribed. Exactly when depends on the person, the bacteria, et cetera. It is common for the antibiotic to be prescribed for only 5 days. Some notice a decrease in symptoms right away, others not until it is gone. The average is noticing a change within 3 to 5 days.

      If you do notice any improvement, be sure not to stop taking the antibiotic. That is a common mistake people make. You need all of it to make sure the infection is gone. If after the antibiotic is complete, you still don't notice improvement, call your doctor. He/She may need to try yet another one.

      Hang in there and hope you feel better soon!

  30. QUESTION:
    some kind of vaginal infection?
    i recently went to the doctors with the following symptoms
    vaginal burning
    yellow discharge
    cloudy urine
    strong odour

    the doctor tested my urine which showed traces of proteins meaning i dont have a uti or some sort of bladder infection. stds are out of the question cause i have only had one partner and i am 100 percent sure he is clean.

    anyways he said it was just a bacterial infection so he perscribed me some antibiotics. they helped for a couple of days, the burning wasnt as bad, discharge lessened. but now just 5 days later it is back to normal.

    is it possible i need another dose or can i actually have something else? any ideas of what it could be would be great

    i have had this on and off for a couple of months

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Bad reactions to antibiotics?
    I was given the quinolone antibiotic, levaquin (and I was given a very strong dosage, 750 mg for an entire week). The doctor made a mistake because I did not even have a bacterial infection! As a result, I couldn't walk at all, had immense pain in all my muscles, and had rashes and pain in my joints (not to mention KILLER headaches and some numbness, tingling, and trouble with balance). Of course I immediately went off the antibiotic when this started happening. I've been to doctors to rule things out, and they all say that this killer reaction is from this strong antibiotic. They really don't know how to help. All I can do is wait and hope to get better...has anyone else had these strong reactions to any antibiotic? If so, how long did it take to get better?
    It's been a month and a week since I've been off of the antibiotic. Only now am I starting to be able to walk (a little) again...

    • ANSWER:
      You definitely had an adverse reaction. Levaquin is not without its adverse reactions:

      http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/levoflox_wcp.htm

      I don't know how long you have been in recuperation from your reaction, but it seems that, in the studies, the majority of arthralgia reactions were gone by 2 months' time.

  32. QUESTION:
    why blood tinted phlegm?
    alright my brother is sick and he went to the doctor the other day because of his tonsils. they told him it was a bacterial infection and perscribed antibiotics and steroids. no idea what the second is for. he went back today and they perscribed a stronger dose of antibiotics because the previous ones weren't working. for i'm going to guess the past hour he's been spitting up phlegm. and a little bit ago he said it was tinted with blood. he said the phlegm is mostly draining from his nose. what might be the reason for the color?

    • ANSWER:
      Blood from his throat or sinuses , and nothing to worry about unless it doesn't go away with his cold . Hope he feels better soon.

  33. QUESTION:
    Azithromycin (z-pack) antibiotic?

    hi,
    I've had some really bad bacterial infection for last 3 weeks. Have been out of College for last week. Doctor prescribed me Amoxil. After taking it for 8 days i didn't see much difference.

    Now I have been prescribed azithromycin.
    Anyone else had this antobiotic before and is it stronger then Amoxil ?

    When will I start seeing some improvement ?

    Male, 21

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    BV and a Yeast infection.?
    I went to the doctor and she said I had BV and a Yeast infection. I don't know how I got the BV because, I've never had sex, although she said that people who havent can still get it. I did at one time use a strong anti-bacterial soap....maybe that messed things up? anyway she gave me a pill for the yeast then an antibiotic for the BV and then another pill for yeast after I finish the antibiotic. Its still burns a little bit..and is a little itchy, the redness has mainly went away....I feel 90% better but not all the way. I have 1 more antibiotic to take and then the pill for yeast tomorrow...will it just take time to heal or should I be concerned?

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes things take time to heal. See how you feel about a week after you take the last pills. If you are not feeling better within a week or 2, call the dr and ask if this is normal. If you are 90% better, I think its safe to say you will be 100% better in no time.

  35. QUESTION:
    azithromycin (z-pack) antibiotic?
    hi,
    I've had some really bad bacterial infection for last 3 weeks. Have been out of College for last week. Doctor prescribed me Amoxil. After taking it for 8 days i didn't see much difference.

    Now I have been prescribed azithromycin.
    Anyone else had this antobiotic before and is it stronger then Amoxil ?

    When will I start seeing some improvement ?

    Male, 21

    • ANSWER:
      Azithromycin is both an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory drug, plus it's expensive! Yes it is stronger than Amoxil and can target sources of infection quicker, and it does two jobs, antibiotic & inflammation.
      As for a time period, that much depends on your condition, however I would have thought you'd see an improvement in less than the 8 days you waited before.

  36. QUESTION:
    Returned Vagina Infection or something worse?
    Okay, first thing I'd like to say is I have an appointment booked
    for Thursday, I'm getting it checked out then. Please don't tell
    me to go see a doctor, as I will soon!
    I'm just trying to figure out what my problem could be before
    I go. I'm thinking it's a sexually transmitted infection ( highly unlikely for me ) , or just a simple bacterial infection down there.

    It started in September, I had really bad bacterial vaginosis ( So I believed, my symptoms matched it completely ). Then I had gone
    on antibiotics for a cold a few weeks later, and it cleared up. It hadn't
    really came back as a problem, until lately, when I've been being a little promiscuous. I am on birth control, I ocassionally use condoms, but the 2 I was with in the past month, had both been tested and clean.

    My symptoms now are not as strong of a fishy smell as it was
    in September, but certainly not pleasant. The discharge is more
    on the yellow side, but I still see green to. There hasn't been any
    pain, like cramps or peeing.

    Sorry for so much information. Does anyone have any ideas what
    it could be? and yes I know, SEE THE DOCTOR !

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    What's the *real* problem with antibiotics after all?
    I have a sore throat with certain frequency: 1 - 2 times per year. We' re allowed to buy antibiotics without a prescription where I live. There's also lots of campaigns urging the people not to do so though, thus there's not really much to worry. My sore throat was lingering for some 5-7 days and wouldn't go away, so I decided to take antibiotics by myself. I didn't see a doctor. On the other hand I took the exact same medicine my otorhinolaryngologist prescribed some 2-3 years ago for a very similar problem: amoxicilin + clavulanate for a sore throat, which I know is indicated for upper air ways infections. I am not a doctor, but I am not an illiterate person either. I understand that if one takes an antibiotic for, say, 5 days when they should take for 7 days, this will very likely cause an artificial selection, that is, the strongest bacteria will survive and breed increasingly stronger bacteria. Ok, that I understand as the (probably) main risk of the antibiotic misuse. Now, what is (are) the other(s)? Please, correct me if I am wrong, but even if someone doesn't have bacterial infection, if they take an antibiotic for the right time (7 days for instance), they are not risking their lives, or are they? I'd appreciate if someone could answer my questions and point out some studies in journals like Nature and the like pointing out how the conclusion was reached.
    Thanks in advance!
    To answer Weise Ante's question: yes, I took antibiotics tablets orally (couldn't be other way, I guess) for 7 days.

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  38. QUESTION:
    Cervical bleeding? Went to the doctor and very unhappy with diagnoses?
    I have been having some bleeding/spotting after intercourse, pelvic pressure and daily menstrual cramping for a few months now so I went to the doctor this morning. I explained what was going on and she said before she even examined me that she will probably give me an antibiotic, didn't say why. She swabbed my cervix with a q-tip and that alone made it bleed so there is obviously a problem somewhere....she said so herself.

    After waiting an hour for her to look under the microscope, the nurse finally called me into her office to check out and they gave me antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis. She never said they found any bacteria and I have no symptoms of a bacterial infection...no fishy or foul odor, no abnormal discharge...nothing. The nurse said to call after the week of antibiotics if it doesn't get better. I told her I don't have any symptoms of what I am being treated for so how do I know when I am better? She basically shrugged her shoulders and said to make sure my husband and I don't have intercourse while I'm on the pills, again didn't say why. I'm not trying to put the nurse down because she seemed like the only one who knew what she was doing and they were very busy/behind schedule so I didn't want to be there any longer (I was already there for 2 hours at this point) so I left and started planning on where to get a second opinion.

    What's really weird is one of my friends is having similar problems and her doctor diagnosed her with this too and she doesn't have it! AND her sister was diagnosed with it and doesn't have it! What the heck is going on with this "quick and easy" wrong diagnoses and what is wrong with me?

    I have googled cervical bleeding and have ruled out many causes...no stds, no endometriosis (was checked a few years ago for that), no imflammation, no yeast infection, etc. I also googled bacterial vaginosis and the only link connected to bleeding says that "Vaginal bleeding due to Bacterial Vaginosis, although rare, is a disturbing symptom"?!

    I'm sorry this is so long but I can't stop worrying about it. My poor husband thinks I have cancer lol. I do have a very strong family history of cancer but I'm only 23 so I'm trying to think positive.

    Any advice/experience stories are appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The one I can answer for sure before I suggest things is the reason they didnt' want you having sex while on the pills is becuase if it was indeed an infection (weather they proved it or not) you would be passing it to your husband, which neither of you want.
      Here is some info on cervical cancer, which I don't beleive you have: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cervical-cancer/DS00167/DSECTION=symptoms

      Cancer is an easy option to automatically think when they can't find a diagnoses, but it often is not the case.

      You don't always have to have ALL the symptoms of something to have it. You defiantely need to get a second opinon and possibly even a third. Doctors are not always right, even though they think they are. Be agressive, do your research and request specific tests that you find information about. They will proabbly try to talk you out of them, but fight back. Unfortunately, people have to take their own care into their own hands. Doctors don't want to do the work, in most cases (not all though, there are a lot of great doctors out there!)

      Was your endo ruled out by a laproscopic surgery? If not, you probably need to go down that road becuae I suspect endometriosis.

      In the meantime, while you are waiting for another dr appointment. Start keeping a symptom journal. What you were donig when you started bleeding for feeling pain, what you had to eat just before that, how bad the pain is on a scale from 1-10, where it is located what it feels like, etc. Anything at all, even if you think it is not related. Include exercise habits.

      Good luck

  39. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken coconut oil supplements for digestive health?
    I just ordered some on line but wanted to get some feedback on whether or not it has worked for others. I have been diagnosed IBS (as most are) but think I may have small intestine bacterial overgrowth because recently I was put on a strong antibiotic for a lung infection caused by a sever flu and in the process my digestive issues have improved drastically. I read that this can come back any time so I want to do what I can to prevent it from happening again. Your input would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Moreso than the Coconut Oil itself, it's the Caprylic Acid that's naturally occurring in it that helps to promote an internal ecology and a healthy balance of intestinal bacteria. Although in addition to that, I would recommend taking a good Probiotic complex to help replenish the good bacteria that the antibiotic would have taken out... bowel problems (diarrhea and whatnot) are common to happen after antibiotic applications because too much of the good bacteria is killed off. The Probiotics will help to keep the bad bacteria at bay and fight them off, but having that in addition to the Caprylic Acid would be a much better combination for IBS and other bowel issues.
      As an aside, I've also heard of people who had IBS-like symptoms that were "cured" by taking replenishing the good bacteria... essentially, they didn't have IBS, but the antibiotics gave them similar symptoms that were recurring because they didn't have enough of the good bacteria in their body. Good luck and I hope I helped!

  40. QUESTION:
    MRSA average recovery time?
    Hello, My grandmother had hip surgery 2 months ago and had a bacterial infection that turned out to be mrsa. since then, she has gone into surgery twice to clean the wound, been on strong antibiotics and has had an activac vaccuum dressing for quite some time. they took her off her antibiotics after 51 days due to reoccurring severe allergic reactions. I was just wondering what the avg time for recovery from mrsa is, what the average length of time is required for antibiotics and if we should be worried about reoccurence by not having enough antibiotics

    • ANSWER:
      There's no average time, only individual times. When treated with an antibiotic it's susceptible to, MRSA is no different than non-methicillin resistant Staph. Infections after certain surgeries, such as hip, have been a problem and more in some hospitals than in others and these are largely preventable.

      ActiV.A.C. is a brand name for a negative pressure wound therapy device. You can refer to this as V.A.C. therapy. There may be other factors involved -- her nutritional needs, her healing pattern, her age, her resilience, her ability to respond to whatever therapies she's undergoing be it antibiotic or wound.

      Your questions are best answered by her doctor(s) who also have access to her chart. Speak to the person who has legal responsibility for her health care. This is the one who has the right to information straight from the doctor(s).

  41. QUESTION:
    Embarrassing question about health. :?
    Okay, this is terrible to admit, but I'm really bothered about this and I need other people's opinions and stuff. It may make things better.

    My "first time" happened a while back. It happened once with a friend of mine (we were just kinda fooling around), and it turns out that friend of mine had chlamydia. Chlamydia, for those of you who may not know, is a bacterial infection caused - of course - from not too clean situations.

    Well, this person told me about what they had, and I got treated for it. The doctor gave me immensely strong antibiotics that were supposed to get rid of it completely. Well, here's the issue..

    Three days after I took the meds, "things" happened between me and my significant other. At the time, I wasn't thinking about waiting a week after taking the medicine, and things happened so quickly. What is the possibility that the antibiotics haven't taken full effect in three days, and my partner has chlamydia now also? It's really bothering me. "/

    And if you couldn't guess, it was unprotected. >.< I know, stupid of me. But I know I made a mistake there. Don't rag on me about it, please.
    My partner already knows about this, but isn't worried. They believe that three days was plenty for the antibiotic to take effect. But myself, I'm not so sure.
    To clear this up, I didn't cheat. My "first time" was maybe 6-7 months BEFORE I even began dating my current significant other.

    My significant other KNEW about what had happened, and expressed their lack of concern because they believe that three days was plenty for it to take effect.
    Okay, here's a bit more of a thorough explanation:

    I had intercourse with a friend of mine several months ago - nothing relationship wise, it just kinda happened. About a month or two ago, that friend of mine told me they had chlamydia, and told me I should get tested. About a week before the friend told me, I started dating this person I had been talking to for about two months. Well, I got treated - the treatment was two antibiotic pills the doctor gave me on the spot, no more. The doctor told me to wait a week before any intercourse or anything like that took place.

    Well, me and my newfound significant other had messed around - not intercourse, but foreplay I guess you could say. This happened three days after the two pills had been given to me. My partner was well aware of what had happened, because I told them, and they were not bothered by it because they believe that three days would have been plenty for the pills to have taken effect.

    It was just two pills - no more.

    • ANSWER:
      This is what you get for cheating on your significant other. Yes, there is a HUGE chance that your chlamydia was spread to this other person.

      You need to come clean now. Chlamydia doesn't always show symptoms (which means the person might never know he/she has it). Chlamydia can cause major problems if it is not treated.

      I know you don't want to get caught cheating, but it's wrong to not tell your partner that they have a potentially dangerous STD.

  42. QUESTION:
    Is this essay informative or argumentative?
    English is not my strong point and this essay is due Wednesday. It's supposed to be informative.. Does it sound argumentative? Also, feel free to give me any other kind of feedback!

    Antibiotics Losing Ground

    Antibiotic, the super drug of the century is starting to be more ineffective in doing its job of killing or inhibiting bacteria. Overuse and misuse of it gives bacteria a chance to become resistant to the antibiotics that normally could kill them. This is turning normal bacteria into superbugs that cannot be killed by antibiotics. The good news is that this high rise in superbugs could be hindered if people were more aware of what antibiotics are and how they work.

    The first antibiotic was penicillin, which was discovered by accident from a mold culture. Since then, antibiotics have been prescribed more than any other drug on the market.. Health care professionals now have over 100 different kinds of antibiotics that cure a wide range of deadly diseases, or even minor discomforts (Stephens). Antibiotic is a powerful medicine that fights infections caused by bacteria, not viral or fungal infections. Some examples are, Colds, Flu, most coughs and bronchitis, and most sore throats.

    Because antibiotic cured so many diseases when it first came to use, it made many people think that it was the miracle drug that cured almost all the diseases. Doctors started to over prescribe it to patients without making sure that they had a bacterial infection, meat companies started to put antibiotics in the food of their live stock, so that they would be less susceptible to infectious diseases, and people started to overstock on antibiotics prescribed by Doctors and then used them at their own will, which led to overuse and misuse of antibiotics. All this is leading to a serious issue in today’s world where antibiotics are misused and overused in humans and in animals raised for food. Antibiotics that are not abused or misused, have the ability to save countless lives, instead of giving bacteria a chance to form resistance, which leaves physicians helpless in stopping infectious diseases (McConnell).

    This over prescription of antibiotics is giving bacteria a chance to overcome the effects of antibiotics by the constant metamorphosis they go through. They keep going through mutations that get passed down from generation to generation. When an antibiotic is used on a strain of bacteria, it kills all the bacteria but the few that had an advantage in their DNA mutation. Now there is a new strain of bacteria that needs a new kind of antibiotic to kill it. Over time, entire populations of bacteria will form resistance to a specific antibiotic if they are overly exposed to it. Doctors tried to over ride this by prescribing different antibiotics, but this was not effective in the long run because the more pressure you apply, the more you end up getting superbugs that are resistant to many different antibiotics. Most of this resistance forms when antibiotics are used how they should not be used, like when people don't follow the exact orders of the Doctor on how to take antibiotic. They stop taking the drug before all the pills are used and this will leave the strongest germs to grow and further evolve with a resistance to the antibiotic (Gershman).

    All this misuse of antibiotics is helping superbugs like staphylococcus to form resistance. In return, this is raising the chances of death for hospital patients that get infected with MRSA, a staph infection. They are now four times more likely to die of these antibiotic resistant bacteria. The other bad news is the fact that resistant strains of bacteria are now thriving outside of hospitals as well, and killing healthy people (Clemmitt). This is a very troubling fact that will lead to a future in which antibiotics will have no power over a high majority of bacteria. If people had more information on how antibiotics work and how to not use them, we could significantly slow down the process of bacterial evolution that resist antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      It has aspects of both, the last two paragraphs are argumentative however.

  43. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like and informative essay?
    English is not my strong point and this essay is due Wednesday. It's supposed to be informative.. Does it sound argumentative?

    Antibiotics Losing Ground

    Antibiotic, the super drug of the century is starting to be more ineffective in doing its job of killing or inhibiting bacteria. Overuse and misuse of it gives bacteria a chance to become resistant to the antibiotics that normally could kill them. This is turning normal bacteria into superbugs that cannot be killed by antibiotics. The good news is that this high rise in superbugs could be hindered if people were more aware of what antibiotics are and how they work.

    The first antibiotic was penicillin, which was discovered by accident from a mold culture. Since then, antibiotics have been prescribed more than any other drug on the market.. Health care professionals now have over 100 different kinds of antibiotics that cure a wide range of deadly diseases, or even minor discomforts (Stephens). Antibiotic is a powerful medicine that fights infections caused by bacteria, not viral or fungal infections. Some examples are, Colds, Flu, most coughs and bronchitis, and most sore throats.

    Because antibiotic cured so many diseases when it first came to use, it made many people think that it was the miracle drug that cured almost all the diseases. Doctors started to over prescribe it to patients without making sure that they had a bacterial infection, meat companies started to put antibiotics in the food of their live stock, so that they would be less susceptible to infectious diseases, and people started to overstock on antibiotics prescribed by Doctors and then used them at their own will, which led to overuse and misuse of antibiotics. All this is leading to a serious issue in today’s world where antibiotics are misused and overused in humans and in animals raised for food. Antibiotics that are not abused or misused, have the ability to save countless lives, instead of giving bacteria a chance to form resistance, which leaves physicians helpless in stopping infectious diseases (McConnell).

    This over prescription of antibiotics is giving bacteria a chance to overcome the effects of antibiotics by the constant metamorphosis they go through. They keep going through mutations that get passed down from generation to generation. When an antibiotic is used on a strain of bacteria, it kills all the bacteria but the few that had an advantage in their DNA mutation. Now there is a new strain of bacteria that needs a new kind of antibiotic to kill it. Over time, entire populations of bacteria will form resistance to a specific antibiotic if they are overly exposed to it. Doctors tried to over ride this by prescribing different antibiotics, but this was not effective in the long run because the more pressure you apply, the more you end up getting superbugs that are resistant to many different antibiotics. Most of this resistance forms when antibiotics are used how they should not be used, like when people don't follow the exact orders of the Doctor on how to take antibiotic. They stop taking the drug before all the pills are used and this will leave the strongest germs to grow and further evolve with a resistance to the antibiotic (Gershman).

    All this misuse of antibiotics is helping superbugs like staphylococcus to form resistance. In return, this is raising the chances of death for hospital patients that get infected with MRSA, a staph infection. They are now four times more likely to die of these antibiotic resistant bacteria. The other bad news is the fact that resistant strains of bacteria are now thriving outside of hospitals as well, and killing healthy people (Clemmitt). This is a very troubling fact that will lead to a future in which antibiotics will have no power over a high majority of bacteria. If people had more information on how antibiotics work and how to not use them, we could significantly slow down the process of bacterial evolution that resist antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      Overall, it does sound like an informative essay because you are informing/giving out facts about antibiotics and you don't give opinions or arguments, but you do, however, in your conclusion. When you say "This is a very troubling fact that will lead to a future in which antibiotics will have no power over a high majority of bacteria. If people had more information on how antibiotics work and how to not use them, we could significantly slow down the process of bacterial evolution that resist antibiotics." It sounds like an opinion or argument. However, since it's the last thing you say, perhaps it's just fine. :)

  44. QUESTION:
    Bacterial Vaginosis....?
    For about 1 month I have been having a lot of thick, white, clumpy, smelly discharge; it also itches (no pain or burning when I urinate and no abdominal pain)... At first I thought it was a yeast infection and I took a Monistat 3....the symptoms did not go away....so I went to see the doctor and was told that I have BV....I was prescribed a vaginal gel insert that I had to take for 5 days....but before I could take the insert I was given a very strong dose of antibiotics for my sinus infection...I finished the antibiotics and waited 1 week before I began the vaginal inserts...... I've now finished the vaginal inserts however I am still having the same symptoms. What could it be? Has anyone ever had this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotics are almost guaranteed to give you a yeast infection. Usually if I am sick and prescribed antibiotics, I get a little pink pill with it called Diflucan, which gets rid of yeast infections almost instantly. Go back to your doctor and ask for the Diflucan. Take your regular treatment for the BV, and just make sure you take care of yourself, use mild and scentless soap, and eat healthy.

  45. QUESTION:
    already went to the doc and got an antibiotic prescription...?
    for bacterial vaginosis upon my visit. got my results for the std, pap, pelvic stuff too and it's all in the clear as of yesterday morning. the doctor originally told me not to have sex w/ hubby for 2 weeks while i finished my antibiotics but it's approaching the end of the 2 weeks this thursday and im still experiencing the same itching discomfort i originally had. if not yeast infection, std's, bacterial vaginosis, what is this??? or is it still bacterial vaginosis and i need a stronger dosage? ever heard of this?
    thanks guys!. i guess i gotta go back

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  46. QUESTION:
    Winter Flue and then Sore Throat?
    Hello guys, I came to Australia 4 years ago and I never in my life was sick like this before.

    One and half months ago I had a high fever at night and my whole body was feeling weak. 10 days I couldn’t even go to work and went to see few doctors. Doctors (GPs) didn’t really do proper testing, and initially they thought it’s a kidney infection and prescribe me Cephalosporin.

    Antibiotics didn’t really help because it wasn’t a kidney infection. After few days went to see a doctor again at the medical centre (Different GP) she said that I should have done a full blood test and urine test before getting any antibiotics. So I did a full blood and urine test.

    Full blood test pointed that I am infected with a viral infection. Something like winter flu. After 7-10 days I return to work. But I was still feeling weak.
    After another 2-3 days I start coughing at night (3-4 AM at night). Went to see a doctor again and he said now it’s the second stage of the infection and it’s now bacterial so he asked me to take Amoxicillin. After the 1st course I was still having a cough. After a week or so doctors prescribed me Amoxiline with something else and I started feeling lil better.

    After few days I was having cricket training and had some very cold water soon after some running session. I start getting a sore throat. I went to doctors again, did a blood test for Mono (kissing disease) and results were negative. Prescribed me a stronger antibiotic Augmentin with Amoxicillin(875mg) and potassium clavulanate (125mg) 10 tablets. I was feeling better after taking few tablets. But when the course finishes I am having the sore throat again. On the same day that doctors prescribed me the 3rd antibiotic set, I had a very bad infection on my right eye. I don’t think this is related to my other infection, that’s what doctors said.

    I cant take anti biotics any more. It’s going to harm my health. Can someone help me to understand what is going on with my body this winter? Should I see a specialist?

    Even though I was feeling tired and sick I was still attending Cricket Training and hard cardio sessions. I don’t know whether this has a bad effect on me. Also in my childhood I used to get tonsils very often. But this sore throat is not around my tonsils. It’s more towards my center throat and pain full when swallow anything.

    Thanks a million!

    Ravi

    • ANSWER:
      You might hav emono. and mono is a virla infection so that is why antibiotics are not worknig dfor yo.u go ot th edr. and get tested for mno.

  47. QUESTION:
    UTI in a 3 month old puppy?
    I have a 3 month old puppy. She has had 2 UTI's since we had gotten her in october. Since the last antibiotic she has had on and off symptoms usually having accidents in the house frequently after being let outside. But when we are sleeping she can hold it til i get up with her to let her out. So in reality it almost doesnt seem like sh has a UTI, but ive noticed her squatting 2 to 3 times when shes outside doing her business. I'm kinda learious about taking her back to the same vet again because previously we have had a urinalysis done and the antibiotic the dr gave us just didnt seem to help she lasted about 2 weeks max after the antibiotic without any symptoms and then they came back. Now im wondering if its just because it is a bacterial infection and that it needs a longer dose or a stronger dose of the antibiotic, but i feel so bad for my dog i feel like she is in so much pain and that i cant do anything else for her. I wish i could know why she keeps getting these or if im just over reacting and being an over precautious mom and thinking the littlest puppy behavior is infact an actual problem. Now im wondering i had put on her flea medicine because she was scratching a bit more than usual and i think it was time to put it on her....also she was left in her crate alittle longer than normal and made alittle mess...do you think she could maybe be having a side effect from the medicine if i accidently put it on her too soon or that being stuck in her crate after making the mess could have maybe caused sum bacteria to get into her urinary tract?? please i dont know what to do anymore and i just want my dog to be healthy again!!!
    I forgot to mention she seems to be drinking alittle bit more water than normally. But this is hard to day cuz shes always been one to drink alot of water. But it seems as soon as she drinks alot of water she immediately piddles. And to make matters worse im a college student who works part time and can barley afford all of these doctors visits for her. I just hope that this can be sumthing that can be fixed or that she can grow out of, because i have heard dogs having urinary problems while they are pups and growing out of them once they hit the 8 month mark. If anybody has any remarks, or comments that they have encountered that could possibly help me that would be great....Thank you!!
    I also for got to mention her last uti was in late october/early november and she has been sy,tom free since then. But now it seems like shes relapsing again.
    She is a husky.german shephard mix and she is currently on purina puppy chow. And the previous meds that she was on was simplicef and she had no reactions but it didnt seem to work because she had symptoms come back immediately. But what is bothering me is that she was symptom free for about a month or two after the last uti and i gave her yogurt and her symptoms seemed to go away for awhile and after being in her crate for the 9 hours is when her problems started again!

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  48. QUESTION:
    whats wrong with my vagina, when will it end?
    it all started three weeks ago in the middle of the day while i was watching tyra out of nowhere. my vagina just starting feeling different and then when i went to pee it felt like some sort of orgasim. A day went by and it was the samething. the next day another symptom was added it started to burn after i pee. i went to the hospital and they diagnosed me with uti. they gave me an antibiotic called cipro after 3 days i had no relief . i calld doctor he prescribed amoxcillin and decided to do a sensitivity test got a phone call saying amoxcillin won't work levaquin is what wll used levaquin for 6 days i was on my period so it felt kinda better but as soon as i was off i relized these annoying symptoms where still there went to the hospitol they found bacteria but more blood in urine. they said it is uti put me on intravenous antibiotics and admitted me, i spent 5 days at the hospitol still no relief. got a catscan, ultrasound and they where normal. i was released they said there is still bacteria in my urine but its not growing. i can't see any blood anymore but they say there is microscopic blood cells in it. the other night culd barely walk it was so painful and sensitive down there. visited a gyn the next day she took urine and a swab. she gave me some cream. she said my urine shows there is still a infection. i am waiting for more results.i did some reseach and figure i have a fungal candida uti infection i have all the symptoms. thats y i have no relief i have been being treated for a bacterial uti with antibiotics and that wn't kill fungi it will actually make it worse. but my doctor says no i don't hve that. I asked him to treat me for it anyway and he said the medications to treat it are very strong and dangerous with strng side effects and can cause damage ( scary) so no he won't treat me for it anyway. I read up on them and they are but i am sure thats what have at least i really think i have it . all the symptoms fit and they say it an be hard to diagnose and can get confused for a bacterial infection some bacteria can be present and most hospitol don't test for it cause its so rare. i am immunosupressd i jus had a transplant and on all these meds that do that and i am on predisone which can cause fungi growth. my symptoms are fatigue, burning and stinging after urination (during urination i am fine but when i get to the end thats when it starts), an orgasim feeling (not a good one), sensitivity down there sometimes when walking, bladder pain sometimes, fatigue, diarrhea(that could be from the antibiotics i was taking i been off them for 4 days though) . right now i am taking a pyridum to ease all this but when it wears off its back to the same torture i was feeling before. What do u think is wrong with me and can i be cured and do u think its a fungal uti. or a resistant to everything bacteria. i hope it doesn't effect my kidneys my creatnne was high when i first wnet in to the hospitol with fluid it went back down to normal. i as dehydrated most likely or the antibiotics helped something. the gyn said i have blood protein and nitrates in my urine im waiting for more test to be run and more info. i also need to see a urologist. tommorow i am goig back to the hospital just to check my creatinine. but does anybody have any answers for me please help i am exhausted and stressed over this tragic experience and torture my poor vagina is going through i been praying for it to end for god to gve me a answer. i kow its not an std becuz i m not sexually active.

    • ANSWER:
      Candida is indeed a yeast/fungal overgrowth problem and it will attack the vagina first usually. the way to fix this is to stop eating sugar and bread. vegetables, fruit, chicken and fish are the best foods to eat during a candida outbreak. main thing to remember-stay away from sugar.
      most of the time, doctors will not tell you that your problem is associated with fungus or yeast in your body because they want it to be something you have to take an antibiotic for (that's how they make their money)
      also, antibiotics actually help the growth of fungi and yeast in your body, so go to the health food store and buy yourself a Probiotic. this puts the good stuff back in your system that the antibiotics kill.

  49. QUESTION:
    Weird whitish stuff in vagina?
    Only serious answers please. This post is not for the squeamish.
    I'm 12 years old if that helps. Well I have this whitish stuff in my vagina, it's not actually in the 'hole' though(It's like on the 'lips'). It looks like my vagina tried to clean itself out and left some kind of discharge. I've had this for a few years but never paid much attention to it until now. I've heard that it could of been an infection but I've already been put on antibiotics once for a bacterial infection(I had a weird fishy smell but antibiotics took care of it) that I had in my vagina so shouldn't it have gone away then?
    So here's another thing. I've been having a brown dishcharge in my panties. I've heard it's normal to see that. Well today when I was trying to get that white stuff out, I tried to wipe it with a tissue and on the tissue it left a light brown spot. Like the spots I see in my panties. So I'm wondering if this white stuff is actually the discharge getting thicker. I don't know if this is an infection or not. I have no weird smells, no itchy, nothing green, so I can't figure out what it is.
    And I use soap near that area so maybe that might be the problem. I only use light soaps that done have a strong perfumey smell because a doctor once told me that some soaps can irritate it.
    Help please? Is this my period coming soon.
    I haven't had my period yet. I'm expecting that it should be coming soon.
    The area does itch sometimes but only when I wipe too much with toilet paper. I can only 'dab' it with toilet paper or else my private gets irritated. I have told my mom about the brown discharge and she looked at my underwear and said to just watch for blood and to wear some pads. I've never told her about the white stuff. I don't think it's serios because last time when I went to the doctor this lady had to swab to figure out if i had an infection and the white stuff was there when she swabbed. But she never mentioned anything about it so maybe it is normal.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the brownish discharge can be your period starting, have you gotten your period yet for the first time? Have you told your mom about the darker discharge yet? If not, you should tell her becuase she will be able to help you the most.

  50. QUESTION:
    I have a bunch of questions about bacterial resistance and antibacterial soap?
    I'll just list them out

    1. Am I better off not using antibacterial soap due to the possibility of germ resistance plus a weaking of my immune system due to lack of exposure to viruses and bacteria?

    2. If the answer to number 1 is yes, then what kind of soap could I safely use when my hands get dirty?

    3. Can viruses develop resistance?

    4. Should I stop using lysol to disinfect toilets, etc. due to the potential for resistance?

    5. I rarely take antibiotics unless I'm extremely ill. Once I took an antibiotic for a sinus infection. About 6 months later I got another sinus infection and despite my concerns about resistance, my doctor gave me the same antibiotic again. It worked fine, but was this a good idea? Should I insist that my doctor not give me that antibiotic again if and when I get another sinus infections

    Basically I want to keep my immune system as strong as possible while not contributing to any possible "superbugs" or such resistance.

    • ANSWER:
      Lots of question.

      1. No easy answer here. I would say maybe. As other posters have pointed out, there is a large controversy surrounding the use of triclosan in antibacterial soap. The main way that soap works is to "make water wetter" and thus make it harder for the bacteria to "stick" to your skin. So it is the actual mechanical srubbing that removes bacteria from your skin. Triclosan is added as a secondary antimicrobial method. It is not the primary way that soaps work which is why many researchers have raised concerns over it. The information taken from wikipedia is obviously written by industry (Proctor and Gamble) to discredit Dr. Levy, who is a world renowned expert in antibiotic resistance and a staunch opponent of the overuse of triclosan (a good example why wikipedia is not a good reference). While what is posted is true (the studies reference did show no correlation between triclosan and resistance in the short term) it is written to make you think that triclosan is safe. What they don't point out is that the long term effects are not known.

      2. Any soap is fine as long as you use proper technique.

      3. Develop resistance to what? Antibiotics? Since antibiotics are ineffective against viruses, technically viruses are already resistant to antibiotic. Virus can and do develop resistance to anti-viral medication.

      4. Lysol is an effective way to disinfect toilets, counters, etc. Lysol does not use antibiotics.

      5. In this case, the use of the same antibiotic is fine. As long as you do not insist on antibiotics everyitme you are sick. Antibiotics should only be prescribed when needed.


Stomach Ulcer Bacteria Symptoms

Written By: ibzzA1 - Jul• 08•12

A gasrtic ulcer is a an inferior opening on your tissue layer in the lining with the stomach cavity. Duodenal is thought to be the most typical form of ulcer. It almost always appears to the first 12 inches of the small intestine. The actual gasrti 00004000 c ulcer is usually known as gastric ulcers.

As reported by a lot of studies we can tell you that ulcers in general are without symptoms. But this particular ulcer seems to have a number of symptoms, for instance:

- Indigestion

- queasiness plus throwing up

- weight reducing

A serious ache under the ribs was reported by patients who may have gasrtic ulcer. Reduction in appetite is usually reported as one of the signals, and then the sign which scares the most individuals is blood as you are vomiting. Possibly that is why affected individuals start to sense the manifestations of anemia just like dizziness.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    hi hope someone can help, im looking to find out about the symptoms of stomach ulcers and helicobactor pylori?
    i have recently been for an ultrasound, as the doc suspected i may have gallstones now that she has ruled them out, she is now checking for stomach ulcers and thinks i may have the helicobactor pylori bacteria although i may not have an ulcer, could someone help me with the symptoms of this bacteria thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I have stomach ulcers and have had h-pylori It is painful and my stymptoms were a very painful upper belly, vomiting up blood etc. If the suspect hpylori and ulcers they will either do blood work, a procedure where the stick a long hose/a camera on it down your throat to check for ulcers and get a biopsy of your infected areas to check for h-pylori. If it is confirmed you do have ulcers and h-pylori you will be given antibiotics and possible a stomach medication for the ulcers that will help with stomach acids. I hope this makes sense.

  2. QUESTION:
    Cost of tests to diagnose stomach pain (i.e. H. Pyloric Bacteria)?
    I have stomachache for a week now, right under the breastbone. It usually happens during the night. I read a lot about ulcer symptoms, and I have no other symptom but abdominal pain.
    However, I have no health insurance (cannot afford it even with full time employment), and I know that if I go to the doctor he/she will likely want to do many tests that will cost lots of money. I thought I could do one test at the time, so I can pay one by one.
    I guess the cheapest test would be one for stomach ulcer - for H. Pyloric Bacteria.

    Do you know what is the cost of this test or some other cheaper ones for stomach pain?

    • ANSWER:
      There is more than one organ under your breast bone....it could be something like your appendix. I am not a doctor and have to be careful not to provide you with medical advice. However, I can tell you from my own personal experience what I thought was a stomach pain was really coming from my appendix and I was admitted and had surgery the next morning.

      There appears to be an old-fashioned test for this involving jumping off a stool. So obviously you have access to the web and doing searches...therefore,

      Also standard disclaimer what you have may be very serious especially if pain is coming from another organ then the one you suspect and medical care is what doctors do.

  3. QUESTION:
    I have a suspected stomach ulcer, what should I expect from here on out?
    The only symptoms I really have are occasional abdominal pain, very intermittent, and I've recently developed [within the past four days] frequent burping. I barely used to burp before, like, ever. So I went to get checked for the burping and turns our I tested positive for this bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.

    During the spring I was diagnosed with hemorrhoids. Then that switched to an "anal fissure" when I saw a second proctologist. It barely bleeds anymore, maybe once a week if not less.

    Needless to say, I am worried that the two may be connected. Today, I had dark brown stool which I was told to be seen for if it occurred. They said I'm fine, and that I should keep taking Zantac and Doxycycline.

    [p.s., I had to take doxy for an infected cystic pimple on my jawline, looks like i got punched in the jaw, but it turns out that doxy helps with the ulcer as well?]

    What should I do at this point? I've very worried. I'm a 23 year old college student and it's becoming hard to focus on my studies because of this issue.

    • ANSWER:
      I wish I could help more than I can, but just a couple words of precaution since no one else answered:
      Its POSSIBLE that your coming down with 1 or more different bacterial infections. If this is true, it could indicate that your body's normal bacteria is "out-of-whack" for some reason. This could be due to something that is an underlying condition. Probably nothing to worry about, but something to consider if you start getting other infections.

      Keep an eye on that stool thing. Do you see blood in your stool? How dark is it? If it's really dark, it could be a sign of digested blood. When a bleed occurs near your stomach or another part of you upper digestive system, the blood gets passes through your intestines just like food would. When it comes out, it looks almost black in color. So, tell your doctor if that happens.

  4. QUESTION:
    Have any one suffered frm stomach ulcer and got cured ? I need a good medication for this plzzzzz?
    Hi frnds, Iam suffering frm stomach ulcer.I dint knw iam suffering but the symptoms made me to go to a doctor and he sured it.I have some burning feeling in my stomach and the worst is, i release a lot of gas from my stomach.Frankly saying, iam geting irritated bcz of this.I use to have irregular bowel movement,but now that is controld to an extent bt this gastric problem irritates me to the core.Anyway,i want 2 know is there anyone here, who has got cured from it.In Internet, they say the infection is bcz of a bacteria & a releif can be got in 2 weeks of time.

    Can anyone say me a quick remedy.Many say ulcer doesnt leaves soon, a prolonged medicatipon is required.HOW LONG? i cant tolerate it....can anyone plzzzzzzzzz help me.

    • ANSWER:
      I had an ulcer many years ago & it is no longer bothering me. I was put on a bland diet back then (no spicy foods, no caffeine, etc) My doctor put me on Tagamet for my ulcer & that & carefully watching what I ate, made all the difference in the world. I don't remember how long it took for the ulcer to heal itself, but it wasn't long. I was soon back on a regular diet as tolerated, but still watched what I ate & drank. If you're a smoker, that's a no no!!! I have gastric problems (IBS) too but they're under control. Try buying some Mylanta chewable gas tablets (mint flavored & in a green box in the antacid section of the drug/grocery stores) & when you feel really bloated & gassy, chew two tablets well, then walk around for a little while. You'll soon expel a lot of gas & you'll feel better. Stay away from foods that are gassy & that will be better for you all the way around.

      To a couple of rude people with rude answers, what's your problem?

  5. QUESTION:
    Are ulcer symptoms worth a trip to the ER?
    So I've been to a health department for stomach pain that comes the second I'm hungry and lasts until I eat something. No bleeding, just weight loss and severe stomach pain when I get a tiny bit hungry. They don't have the equipment to do a diagnosis they say see a specialist. I don't have the money for a specialist and DHS says we're not elagible for medicaid.
    The H2 blockers (zantac) they gave me are not helping the pain. If I go 3 hours without eating the pain comes back bad. I've been on them for a week.
    So is it worth going to the ER with this issue or not. I've been there before for pelvic pain and the most they do is standard emergency tests and if nothing big comes up they say "see a doctor"
    I'm so scared that the H2 blockers are not enough and the "ulcer" is from the bacteria that causes it and it's gonna perferate my stomach.
    So, do I go to the ER or do I wait it out and hope for the best? Please don't say see a doctor, I have no insurance, can't get state help and can't afford the 0-300 down payment to bee seen.
    This has been going on for over a month

    • ANSWER:
      Try omeprazole if you can get OTC.
      Also, watch what you eat. Blend diet, no chilli or spices, eat yoghurt, fruits and vegetables salad and drink lot of water and milk.
      Hope it will help.
      All the best!

  6. QUESTION:
    I take SOMAC for treatement of ulcer .. how long before symptoms go?
    History started on a day I didn't eat well & kept smoking & ended up vomiting & the tragedy began as I was overseas on a business trip & worry added to the symptoms as well. anything I ate or drank gave me nausia.

    Dr gave me H. Pylori test which was postive & gave me a 3 medications course for a week for get rid of the bacteria.

    During the week of antibiotics, I felt great & as if nothing happened. 2 weeks after, I had a stressful event & it all came back to me again but without the diarihia this time a feel that I'm going to vomit during the night or early in the morning or whenever my stomach is empty.

    Done XRAY & even that XRAY dr said there was nothing there, my Dr said that I have a duod. ulcer & gave me SOMAC 40mg 1 tablet for 6 months straight.

    I've been on SOMAC for around 3 days.

    My question is ....... is there light at the end of the tunnel? :) how long before I can expect symptoms to disappear?

    cheer
    I didn't mean I'm suffering from side effects of SOMAC. I'm currently suffering from the ulcer itself.

    My question is how long before I feel better & not feeling like vomiting in the mornings & in middle of nights?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry you feel so bad but its really hard to predict how long a person will experience side effects to a specific medication, Everyone responds differently. Some people expereice specific side effects others do not. I suggest even though its uncomfortable give it time for your body to adjust & the medication to get in your system to try to help you but after giving it a chance & your still bother by the sideeffects try talkin to your doctor to prescribe something else.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can a peptic Ulcer heal without antibiotics if not caused by a bacteria?can it cause pain lower tummy too?
    I think i have a peptic ulcer from reading symptoms, i am going doctors tomorrow. ive got a real sharp stabbing in the centre of my stomach and a few sharp pains above both hips but above my hips, and the bottom of my stomach from belly button down swells up and goes rock solid after eating, i get awful bloating and cramps and wind etc but i thought that was down to my IBS? Anyone else had any experience in this? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds more like IBS or spastic colon.
      With an ulcer you get burning and pain,not usually stabbing pain.You also get acid reflux and bloating
      An ulcer can heal without antibiotics, as long as the patient follows a correct diet.
      Ulcer pain is usually felt above the belly button,it feels more like its in the chest area.

  8. QUESTION:
    Have any one suffered frm stomach and got cured ? I need a good medication for this plzzzzz?
    Hi frnds, Iam suffering frm stomach ulcer.I dint knw iam suffering but the symptoms made me to go to a doctor and he sured it.I have some burning feeling in my stomach and the worst is, i release a lot of gas from my stomach.Frankly saying, iam geting irritated bcz of this.I use to have irregular bowel movement,but now that is controld to an extent bt this gastric problem irritates me to the core.Anyway,i want 2 know is there anyone here, who has got cured from it.In Internet, they say the infection is bcz of a bacteria & a releif can be got in 2 weeks of time.

    Can anyone say me a quick remedy.Many say ulcer doesnt leaves soon, a prolonged medicatipon is required.HOW LONG? i cant tolerate it....can anyone plzzzzzzzzz help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, if you have a stomach ulcer you have to take antibiotics and it can cure in about 2 weeks or more

  9. QUESTION:
    I have an ulcer!?
    I had the bacteria for ulcers and I think its called h.pyroi or something like that and the doctor gave me antibiotics and I think the bacteria is gone now. However, he said my stomach was inflammanated or I don't know the word...at the beginning of the stomach. He pushed the top part of my stomach and I said it hurt and he said it might also be an ulcer.
    He gave me protozac I think and I've been taking it for like a year. My symptoms are that I feel really full in the upper stomach area when I eat a meal and it also hurts when I'm hungry or unhappy. I'm only 16 and I've have these symptoms for atleast 4 years now. Everytime I go to the doctor he just says its just imflammanted or I have a little ulcer and I'll be fine. But I'm scared that having an ulcer will lead to stomach cancer and I do I heal it? is it even possible? Help?

    • ANSWER:
      First things first - calm down sweetie, it's going to be ok =) I'm 26 and have had a peptic ulcer since I was 8. Mine too is caused by the H. Pylori bacteria. My doctor has tried to put me on different anti-biotics + Prevacid to treat the ulcer. So far, it hasn't worked. However, we haven't given it a long enough go at it I believe. So, we're going to try an 8 week round which is what you may have to do. If you're taking Protonix and it isn't working, you need to talk to your doctor about increasing your dosage. You also need to mention trying another round of anti-biotics for a longer duration than you did before. Sometimes it takes a little persistence to get rid of these things. Also, drinking milk helps to give you INSTANT relief most times so make sure you have a constant supply of it in your fridge. Your symptoms are trying to tell you that this ulcer is still there and it needs to be treated. Yes, stomach ulcer's have been known to lead to cancer - but let's not go down that road right now. Talk to your doctor and if he/she seems unconcerned then I would suggest getting a second opinion. Or even better yet, have your parents call him/her. That will put a little more pressure on him to step up to the plate and not put your condition on the back burner, so to speak. DO NOT take Naproxen Sodium (Aleve), Ibuprofen or Aspirin, they will only worsen your symptoms. If you need to take a pain reliever take something that isn't Aspirin based, such as Tylenol. Avoid spicy foods, tobacco intake, caffeine (aka - COFFEE!!), soft drinks, and/or fruit/fruit juices that are high in acid content. I know it's incredibly painful when your ulcer flares up but taking these precautions will help cut down on the severity and/or frequency of your symptoms. Hope this helps!! Feel free to email me if you have anymore questions!!

  10. QUESTION:
    i have stomach pain on the left side 6in from my belly button under ribcage?
    i don't think it is an ulcer i have been taking prilocec for 6 months now and received a bacteria fighting medication. the pain tends to happen when i become anxious and the pain is only for a few seconds, then when i eat to much my stomach feels like a cramp for an hour or so, iam just wondering if there is anyone else out there with these symptoms

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    Stomach ballooning HELP!?
    Okay. So I'm a 14 year old female and ALL my life since I was an infact basically, i'v had stomach troubles. When I was 6 months, I was diagnosed with GERD. Ever since I was in kindergarten (I'm in high school now), i'v had a lot of bloating, indigestion, stomach aches, etc! Well for the last 6 months, I have been getting the WORST stomach aches either right above my belly button, or right under my breast bone and between my belly button. I didn't see a dr. for it until a couple weeks ago. He said it could be an ulcer or esophpgitis. And referred me to a GI specialist. Well, unfortunatly, we found out since my town is so small, there is no pediatric GI here. Apparently I'm still considered a pediatric because of the size of my organs or whatever. Well I went to my family doc after that and they did blood tests for a bunch of things including H. Pylori bacteria (the bacteria that causes ulcers) and it came back negative. But my antibodies for celiac disease were abnormal so they said I prob have that. And the symptoms sound like me! (I am on hospital homebound from school due to tests, traveling, etc.) well today, my stomach is hurting SOOOO bad! The worst it ever has! It actually hurts in my upper back too. And it is not menstrual cramps and my period is not due. BUT IT HURTS SO BAD!!!!! since 9am!! And it is 2x it's normal size!! WHAT IS HAPPENING?? my mom said if it does not go away, or deflate, we will go to the ER tonight. But I really want to avoid that! What could be happening? And I'm not constipated. And my liver function is normal.
    I am not going to use aciphex, because I am currently on Zantac and it does not do diddly squat!

    • ANSWER:
      I have experienced the same exact thing so I feel sorry for how you are feeling. The blood test that they gave you for Celiac (and it was smart to test you for that) is the same test for Crohns disease. In order to verify for sure that it is Celiac-and that would be much better than Crohns- then they will need to do a follow up endoscopy to take a sample of what are called "villi" from your small intestine. This is not a painful proceedure, and you won't remember anything. It takes about 15 minutes and they will give you something to make you sleepy first. If it comes back positive for Celiac, then you will need to completely change your diet-which is a bummer, but you will feel so much better that it is worth it. Crohn's Disease requires other tests and medication. I also feel that they should check your gall bladder. You are young to be having gall stones, but I have known several girls your age lately that have had their gall bladder removed. Gall stones will cause the bloating, abdominal pain, upper back pain, and nausea. Eating high fat foods can really make the symptoms much worse, but sometimes eating anything bothers it! Zantac or any heartburn medicine will not help your symptoms and are a waste of time/money. If it is your gall bladder, then a surgeon will remove it and you will feel much better in about 5 days-don't wait too long and let it get infected. If you have Celiac or Crohn's disease, then see a good Gastroenterologist. They will be your friend for many years to come and will help calm your fears and find a diagnosis. Not knowing what is happening and feeling so badly is the scariest part. Hang in there kiddo, I hope you feel better soon!

  12. QUESTION:
    My stomach is 2x it's size! Help!!?
    Okay. So I'm a 14 year old female and ALL my life since I was an infact basically, i'v had stomach troubles. When I was 6 months, I was diagnosed with GERD. Ever since I was in kindergarten (I'm in high school now), i'v had a lot of bloating, indigestion, stomach aches, etc! Well for the last 6 months, I have been getting the WORST stomach aches either right above my belly button, or right under my breast bone and between my belly button. I didn't see a dr. for it until a couple weeks ago. He said it could be an ulcer or esophpgitis. And referred me to a GI specialist. Well, unfortunatly, we found out since my town is so small, there is no pediatric GI here. Apparently I'm still considered a pediatric because of the size of my organs or whatever. Well I went to my family doc after that and they did blood tests for a bunch of things including H. Pylori bacteria (the bacteria that causes ulcers) and it came back negative. But my antibodies for celiac disease were abnormal so they said I prob have that. And the symptoms sound like me! (I am on hospital homebound from school due to tests, traveling, etc.) well today, my stomach is hurting SOOOO bad! The worst it ever has! It actually hurts in my upper back too. And it is not menstrual cramps and my period is not due. BUT IT HURTS SO BAD!!!!! since 9am!! And it is 2x it's normal size!! WHAT IS HAPPENING?? my mom said if it does not go away, or deflate, we will go to the ER tonight. But I really want to avoid that! What could be happening? And I'm not constipated. And my liver function is normal.
    I am supposed to see a GI 2 hours away for an endoscophy to confirm the diagnosis. For now, I was advised to eat everything I have been eating. Even though I end up in hell. So it's better not to eat at all. And I take Zantac so I can't take tums

    • ANSWER:
      I guess the first thing to determine is did they explain celiac disease to you and have you started eating a gluten free diet? You may also need to limit lactose from dairy intake for a few months to allow the lactase producing sites in your intestine to heal and start working again.

      To eat gluten free, you need to avoid everything that was made with wheat, rye and barley and maybe oats (some celiacs can handle them and others can't process oat products). The sooner you can become gluten free, the better off you will be unless they are scheduling you for an endoscopic exam to confirm the diagnosis.

      You can try something like Tums or Rolaids and it may help the bloating.
      ______________________________________________
      New..
      Try a gluten free diet after the endoscopy no matter what the results. The reason being that you have some indications of gluten intolerance from the antibodies and symptoms that could be attributed to gluten intolerance. Good luck with the endoscopy. It isn't bad. I have been gluten free for 8 years and after the first bit of adjusting to a new diet and missing some foods it has been fine.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can anyone help me figure out what's wrong based on these symptoms?
    My whole life I've had stomach problems. When I was 11 I was diagnosed with an ulcer and even had an Upper GI done. Often (1-3x a week) before going to bed I feel nauseous. Usually I take Pepito bismol and sleep it off feeling better the next day. Sometimes I have flair ups where it hurts longer, but this is the first time it's gone on this long and that I've even had health care to get it taken care of. Well, other symptoms have occurred and because a few tests have come back negative and I have no serious symptoms (vomiting, bleeding.. so on) my Dr. has thrown her hands in the air and basically told me not to see her anymore. I am waiting (and have been for weeks) to see a specialist, but am curious if anyone can help me beforehand.

    My symptoms:
    1. Sharp pain in upper to lower abdomen. Coming and going for almost 3 weeks.
    2. Nausea was ongoing for over two weeks, took some meds to help (zofran) but as of Friday it's coming and going, with more lean on going.
    3. Acid burp ups - not daily but often
    4. Sore/tight throat (may or may not be related)
    5. Headaches/dizzy (I used to never get them, or rarely, but in the past week or two it's almost daily)
    6. Irregular heart beats (or I can feel them often, like it's pressing out of my chest).

    Some of these things may or may not be related, the top few are most important to me.
    I've been tested for: Wheat allergies, Gluten allergies, pregnant, lactose problems, given one drug for IBS, and tested for the bacteria that causes ulcers. All negative. My blood pressure is on the low end, but good. I've also had an Utra Sound done looking at my Liver, Kidneys, Gall Bladder and Pancreas, all tests showing no problems.

    After coming back neg. on these tests and still having these problems, my Dr. put me on anti-anxiety meds thinking that it was all psychological (tho else then this, my life is going great), but that didn't do anything either.

    Any suggestions or ideas?! Please - after almost three weeks of pain it's really starting to get old and I'm worried that it's something major.
    I have been eating Edamame recently, I've been buying the bags and preparing it at home. Can't recall when it started, but there have been at least 3x I've made them.

    I used to drink soy milk, but gave that up months ago because I don't like the after taste. I haven't had tofu in a really long time, and else then Edamame I don't think I've had any other soy products within the last four months.

    I've eaten Edamame a few times in the past (last time in April before I started buying it at home) with no problems back then.

    • ANSWER:
      so what do you generally eat then buddy?? that might help us to pinpoint the drama ...... it could be soy products causing the digestive distress...... cramping, bloating, constipation, nausea and vomiting, acid reflux, excessive belching, headaches and migraines, heart palpitations, chest pains, irritated throat could all be caused by an inability to assimilate soy ........ ingesting something that you are intolerant to will inhibit your calcium and magnesium absorption ....... amongst others..... and produce symptoms such as you mention.

      do you eat or drink any soy products??

      ♥ cool, that makes it a lot easier to resolve mate.... check out the following links ~

      http://www.soyonlineservice.co.nz/
      http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/soydangers.htm

      peace

  14. QUESTION:
    Please help me with my science questions?
    these are questions i need to answer that i have no idea what the answers are. please help and tell me how sure you are on the questions you know.

    1. if the common bile duct is blocked, the skin will become:
    a. cyanotic
    b. jaundiced
    c.ischemic
    d.icteric

    2. the liver manufactures all of the following plasma proteins except:
    a. albumin
    b.fibrinogen
    c.prothrombin
    d.hemoglobin

    3. the liver prepares urea, the chief waste product of:
    a. protien meabolism
    b.glucose metabolism
    c. fatty acids
    d. glycerol

    4. the gallbladder stores bile, which is released when:
    a.foods high in fat enter the stomach
    b.foods with protein content enter the stomach
    c. foods high in fat enter the duodunum
    d.foods low in fat content enter the stomach

    5. the large intestine is:
    a. longer in length and larger in diameter that the small intestine
    b. the same size as the small intestine
    c. shorter in length and larger in diameter that the small intestine
    d.shorter in length but with the same diameter as the small intestine

    6. below the ileocecal valce is a blind puch called the :
    a. appendix
    b. cecum
    c. sigmoid
    d. rectum

    7. the final structure of the colon is the:
    a. sigmoid colon
    b. descending colon
    c. rectum
    d. anal canal

    FILL IN THE BLANKS-

    word bank- cirrhosis, constipation, crohn's disease, diarrea, diverticula, heartburn, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, heatal hernia, histamine, H. pylori, gallstones, gastroesophageal reflux, pyloric stenosis, stomach cancer, stressm ulcer

    1. many symptoms of degestive problems are caused by________
    2. when the sphincter muscle is weak and the stomach contents flow up into the esophagus, the condition is _________
    3.___________ _____________ occurs in many people over age 50, the stomach protrudes above the diaphragm.
    4. A backflow of the acidic gastric juices causes indigestion or________
    5. a narrowing of the sphincter at the lower end of the stomach causing projectile vomiting is _____ ______
    6. a lesion that occurs in the linging of the stomach or small intestine is an__________
    7. research shows that most ulcers are caused by the bacteria __________
    8. drugs that reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach are called ___________ blockers.
    9. Chronic dehydration, ulceration of the bowel, and personal embarrassment are symptoms of ______________ ___________
    10. __________ is a viral infection of the liver, spread through contaminated food and water, enteric precautions must be followed
    11. the majority of people over age 60 have little sacs called ______________, that develop in the wall of the colon
    12. loose, watery bowel movements that can lead to dehydration are called ___________________
    13. a condition of hardened stool that can be caused by anxiety, fear, fright, is known as ________________

    • ANSWER:
      Part 1

      1. b , 2. d, 3. b

      Part 2

      2. gastro reflux
      3. hiatal hernia
      4. heartburn
      5. pyloric stenosis
      6. ulcer
      7. H. pylori
      8. histmaine
      9. Crohn's
      10. Hep A
      11. diverticula
      12. diarrhea
      13. constipation

  15. QUESTION:
    Please help him with these science questions?
    i need help with these questions im stuck on

    1. if the common bile duct is blocked, the skin will become:
    a. cyanotic
    b. jaundiced
    c.ischemic
    d.icteric

    2. the liver manufactures all of the following plasma proteins except:
    a. albumin
    b.fibrinogen
    c.prothrombin
    d.hemoglobin

    3. the liver prepares urea, the chief waste product of:
    a. protien meabolism
    b.glucose metabolism
    c. fatty acids
    d. glycerol

    4. the gallbladder stores bile, which is released when:
    a.foods high in fat enter the stomach
    b.foods with protein content enter the stomach
    c. foods high in fat enter the duodunum
    d.foods low in fat content enter the stomach

    5. the large intestine is:
    a. longer in length and larger in diameter that the small intestine
    b. the same size as the small intestine
    c. shorter in length and larger in diameter that the small intestine
    d.shorter in length but with the same diameter as the small intestine

    6. below the ileocecal valce is a blind puch called the :
    a. appendix
    b. cecum
    c. sigmoid
    d. rectum

    7. the final structure of the colon is the:
    a. sigmoid colon
    b. descending colon
    c. rectum
    d. anal canal

    FILL IN THE BLANKS-

    word bank- cirrhosis, constipation, crohn's disease, diarrea, diverticula, heartburn, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, heatal hernia, histamine, H. pylori, gallstones, gastroesophageal reflux, pyloric stenosis, stomach cancer, stressm ulcer

    1. many symptoms of degestive problems are caused by________
    2. when the sphincter muscle is weak and the stomach contents flow up into the esophagus, the condition is _________
    3.___________ _____________ occurs in many people over age 50, the stomach protrudes above the diaphragm.
    4. A backflow of the acidic gastric juices causes indigestion or________
    5. a narrowing of the sphincter at the lower end of the stomach causing projectile vomiting is _____ ______
    6. a lesion that occurs in the linging of the stomach or small intestine is an__________
    7. research shows that most ulcers are caused by the bacteria __________
    8. drugs that reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach are called ___________ blockers.
    9. Chronic dehydration, ulceration of the bowel, and personal embarrassment are symptoms of ______________ ___________
    10. __________ is a viral infection of the liver, spread through contaminated food and water, enteric precautions must be followed
    11. the majority of people over age 60 have little sacs called ______________, that develop in the wall of the colon
    12. loose, watery bowel movements that can lead to dehydration are called ___________________
    13. a condition of hardened stool that can be caused by anxiety, fear, fright, is known as ________________

    • ANSWER:
      MULTIPLE CHOICE:

      1. B
      2. D
      3. A
      4. C
      5. C
      6. A
      7. A

      FILL IN THE BLANKS:

      1. GALLSTONES
      2. GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX
      3. HIATAL HERNIA
      4. HEARTBURN
      5. PYLORIC STENOSIS
      6. ULCER
      7. H. PYLORI
      8. HISTAMINE
      9. CROHN'S DISEASE
      10. HEPATITIS A
      11. DIVERTICULA
      12. DIARRHEA
      13. CONSTIPATION

  16. QUESTION:
    Can anyone answer these questions about science?
    please help me with these science questions. if you only know one answer then that is enough to satisfy me.

    1. if the common bile duct is blocked, the skin will become:
    a. cyanotic
    b. jaundiced
    c.ischemic
    d.icteric

    2. the liver manufactures all of the following plasma proteins except:
    a. albumin
    b.fibrinogen
    c.prothrombin
    d.hemoglobin

    3. the liver prepares urea, the chief waste product of:
    a. protien meabolism
    b.glucose metabolism
    c. fatty acids
    d. glycerol

    4. the gallbladder stores bile, which is released when:
    a.foods high in fat enter the stomach
    b.foods with protein content enter the stomach
    c. foods high in fat enter the duodunum
    d.foods low in fat content enter the stomach

    5. the large intestine is:
    a. longer in length and larger in diameter that the small intestine
    b. the same size as the small intestine
    c. shorter in length and larger in diameter that the small intestine
    d.shorter in length but with the same diameter as the small intestine

    6. below the ileocecal valce is a blind puch called the :
    a. appendix
    b. cecum
    c. sigmoid
    d. rectum

    7. the final structure of the colon is the:
    a. sigmoid colon
    b. descending colon
    c. rectum
    d. anal canal

    FILL IN THE BLANKS-

    word bank- cirrhosis, constipation, crohn's disease, diarrea, diverticula, heartburn, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, heatal hernia, histamine, H. pylori, gallstones, gastroesophageal reflux, pyloric stenosis, stomach cancer, stressm ulcer

    1. many symptoms of degestive problems are caused by________
    2. when the sphincter muscle is weak and the stomach contents flow up into the esophagus, the condition is _________
    3.___________ _____________ occurs in many people over age 50, the stomach protrudes above the diaphragm.
    4. A backflow of the acidic gastric juices causes indigestion or________
    5. a narrowing of the sphincter at the lower end of the stomach causing projectile vomiting is _____ ______
    6. a lesion that occurs in the linging of the stomach or small intestine is an__________
    7. research shows that most ulcers are caused by the bacteria __________
    8. drugs that reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach are called ___________ blockers.
    9. Chronic dehydration, ulceration of the bowel, and personal embarrassment are symptoms of ______________ ___________
    10. __________ is a viral infection of the liver, spread through contaminated food and water, enteric precautions must be followed
    11. the majority of people over age 60 have little sacs called ______________, that develop in the wall of the colon
    12. loose, watery bowel movements that can lead to dehydration are called ___________________
    13. a condition of hardened stool that can be caused by anxiety, fear, fright, is known as ________________

    • ANSWER:
      1. B
      2. B
      3. A
      4. A
      5. A
      6. A
      7. C

      1. gallstones
      2. gastroesophageal reflux
      3. hiatal hernia
      4. heartburn
      5. pyloric stenosis
      6. ulcer
      7. H. pylori
      8. histamine
      9. Chrohns Disease
      10. hep A
      11. diverticula
      12. diarrhea
      13. constipation

      I'm not so sure about #2 in the first part, but think I have the rest of them right. Hope so. Next time, you must do your own homework. I'll help you out this time.

  17. QUESTION:
    Anyone have experience with the H pylori bacteria ? Just found out I have it & am wondering about treatment ?
    This is the antibody that can cause ulcers, does cause pain in the abdomen, IBS symptoms, GERD & so forth. I was told I need to get the "Perv PACK" & take the combination of antibiotics for 2 wks & everything will be fine. I can't believe it took years after doctoring for stomach spasms, pain etc for a doctor to order the blood test that shows I have it!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes I have heard of it and most people without medical training call the results of bacteria "Peptic Ulcers", which are not a big deal if you follow the advise of a doctor. The reason that it took a couple years before they tested for that particularly could be because of you age.
      Peptic Ulcers are not rare, but there is a protocol for them and if you didn't fit the protocol then other possible conditions had to be ruled out first. It has been my experience the if you approach your doctor as a layperson and do not attempt to use medical termonology, they respond in a manner of presenting information that anyone should be able to understand, if this is not the case and you have still questions, I would suggest recontacting the doctor. It is your responsibility to get your questions answered, and your Doctor's responsibility to answer them. However, it the Dr. doesn't know you have questions he cannot be expected to have answers.

  18. QUESTION:
    What exactly is H. Pylori Bacteria? I need information please.?
    Last summer my then 16 year old brother was diagnosed with H. Pylori. It took them the whole summer to diagnose this, and he was feeling awful all summer. He lost about twenty pounds, and he was already a skinny kid, due to this bacteria.

    About a year ago, I started having small problems with my stomach. It happened on and off, so we never went to the doctor for it. Recently, it is becoming increasingly worse so we went to the doctor. Unfortunately a year ago when my brother had H. Pylori, they never told us that you could pass it on, so the rest of my family never got tested. I guess it only happens in other countries or inner cities mostly, which is why is wasn't assumed because we live in a good neighborhood and town. He works in a bad part of a nearby city though, and that is where he acquired this.

    Anyway, we have been going to the doctor for me, and finally (without looking at my brothers medical records) they brought up H. Pylori. Right now I am being tested for it, but it is likely that I have it because of when I started feeling pain and because of my symptoms, and also that I lived with someone who had H. Pylori for an extended period of time.

    So, basically I want to know about it. What is it? How did I get it from my brother (we don't really interact)? How will I be treated if I have it? I heard you can stomach cancer or ulcers... Am I at more of a risk because I have most likely had it for a year? Etc. I tried looking it up, but it is all in thickly scientific writing with lots of terms that I don't understand. Thank you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      if you google this you can find your info you want http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helicobacter_pylori

  19. QUESTION:
    16 years old many medical problems i think?
    OK to start off i currently turned 16. when i was younger the doctor discovered that i had pubic hair before my older sister(+1 1/2 yr) so he sent me to do a sonogram or whatever it is called showed up i had an ovary bigger than the other . year later i got my period for the first time and never again after that probably 3 times not monthly though in that year. so about 2-3 years passed i started getting pain on my right side on my pelvic area months later i went to the doctor and did me another sonogram supposably i had a cyst. mind u i never get my period before if i would get it it would be 2-3 times a year for a day or two and right now its been almost 2 years since i got my period. doctor had gave me birth control and everything to see if it regulates but nothing happened.

    in october 2010 i went to my cousins and he had gotten a stomach virus i didnt know but i slept over that day i knew i had catched it but i didnt let myself throw up. i stayed in bed for exactly a week and i didnt eat / i was dehydrated and had major headaches and diarrhea however i felt better but not relieved i lived on with my life but everythime i'd take a tiny bite of anything i would instantly get massive abdominal pain and my stomach would make rare noises not from hunger though i would poop 2-3 times a week and so i had to go to the hospital and they diagnosed me with something called gastritis...(longer name) reflux? something like that but it wasnt accurate they just had to diagnose me with something before i left the hospital and they knew it wasnt accurate because they gave me the medicine for it and nothing happened. so i went to the doctor and did and blood test. my pee came out to have some sort of bacteria. im guessing i have a stomach basteria and already cause a stomach ulcer . who knows i suffer from sever abdominal pains-_-

    i have a breast way bigger than the other.ones an A and the other is a C. i have been searching up breast cancer and one of the symptoms that i notice was inflammatory under armpit. i used to do cheerleading and i guess i became double jointed since then i guess because if i raise my hand my right arm sort of pops and falls wayy back. and if i lift my arms that armpit has a bigball and is way bigger than my left arm. so im paranoid cause my big abnormal breast is on my right as well. also my boobs dont hurt at all you know how sometimes someone accidently bumps into u and slightly hits it it hurts. well for me it doesnt like at all like you can punch them and wont hurt.

    well that concludes all my problems -___- OH and not to mention the fact that i used to play soccer and i had torn all my joints so now when i run and stuff my foot falls asleep and i also cant bend my toes-__-

    Any advice on anything lol! thankks

    • ANSWER:
      Don't really know what specifically you're looking for advice on lol... Just hang in there I guess...

      I'm 17 and I had like an inflamed lower intestine and needed three surgeries (and countless other more minor procedures). I missed like half of sophomore year and half of junior year because I was back and forth from the hospital, and am finishing up this years work this summer. The good that came of this was that I decided I want to become a doctor though lol :P

      Try to think of any positives whatsoever, and if you can't, then suck it up for now and look towards a brighter future.

  20. QUESTION:
    What do I have? 26 yr old male?
    It all started with the feeling of something stuck in my throat almost two months ago. I went to the doctor and she ran some blood test and swabbed for strep throat. Swab was negative but the blood test came back with both A and B strand influenza. I was prescribed tamiflu. After completing the tamiflu I had added symptoms with ear ache and temple pressure and lighting bolt type pain in temple area, also still having the feeling of something stuck in my throat. Went back to the doctor where I was prescribed a nasal spray and antibiotics. After finishing the antibiotics my symptoms persisted and worsen. Very sharp pains in temple area and constant pressure in head along with normal headaches. I went back to the doctor where I was referred to an ENT specialist. The ENT scoped me through my nose and said that he thought acid reflux was the cause of my throat irritation. He then sent me to the hospital for a Berium Swallow where it came back negative for an ulcer. He then took an x-ray of my head to see if sinuses were causing my headaches and temple pain. Negative. I went to the ER because I felt like I had a fever, sharp temple pain, and head pressure. They did a CT and it came back Negative. They sent me home with no resolve. I went back to my normal doctor who has now said I should go back to the Neurologist. At this point I had lower spinal pain, sharp intermediate temple pain, and constant temple pressure. My head pains started to subdue only to be replaced by a weird feeling in my groin area. Almost like a knot and shot intermediate pains down my right leg. I also started to feel dizzy and fuzzy all over intermediate of course. My head pains have subdued and it seems what ever is attacking me is now attacking my stomach. Sharp intermediate pains running down the center of my stomach and I can feel my heart beat pretty hard when I am laying flat on my stomach. When I press on my stomach from breast bone to pelvic bone there is a stinging sensation all the way down. I had diarrhea for a few days but no stomach pains or cramps. My #2 looks normal no black stuff or blood. I have been tested for some stomach bacteria and it came back negative. I AM NOT STRESSED other than my disappointment with my doctor. I try to get as much sleep and drink plenty of fluids. I am urinating a constant clear stream. I am tired and starting to loose my faith in the health industry. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      I would make an appointment with a neurologist just to rule out any neurological disorders, especially becasue of the head aches. Good luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    What do I do?? 26 year old male?
    It all started with the feeling of something stuck in my throat almost two months ago. I went to the doctor and she ran some blood test and swabbed for strep throat. Swab was negative but the blood test came back with both A and B strand influenza. I was prescribed tamiflu. After completing the tamiflu I had added symptoms with ear ache and temple pressure and lighting bolt type pain in temple area, also still having the feeling of something stuck in my throat. Went back to the doctor where I was prescribed a nasal spray and antibiotics. After finishing the antibiotics my symptoms persisted and worsen. Very sharp pains in temple area and constant pressure in head along with normal headaches. I went back to the doctor where I was referred to an ENT specialist. The ENT scoped me through my nose and said that he thought acid reflux was the cause of my throat irritation. He then sent me to the hospital for a Berium Swallow where it came back negative for an ulcer. He then took an x-ray of my head to see if sinuses were causing my headaches and temple pain. Negative. I went to the ER because I felt like I had a fever, sharp temple pain, and head pressure. They did a CT and it came back Negative. They sent me home with no resolve. I went back to my normal doctor who has now said I should go back to the Neurologist. At this point I had lower spinal pain, sharp intermediate temple pain, and constant temple pressure. My head pains started to subdue only to be replaced by a weird feeling in my groin area. Almost like a knot and shot intermediate pains down my right leg. I also started to feel dizzy and fuzzy all over intermediate of course. My head pains have subdued and it seems what ever is attacking me is now attacking my stomach. Sharp intermediate pains running down the center of my stomach and I can feel my heart beat pretty hard when I am laying flat on my stomach. When I press on my stomach from breast bone to pelvic bone there is a stinging sensation all the way down. I had diarrhea for a few days but no stomach pains or cramps. My #2 looks normal no black stuff or blood. I have been tested for some stomach bacteria and it came back negative. I AM NOT STRESSED other than my disappointment with my doctor. I try to get as much sleep and drink plenty of fluids. I am urinating a constant clear stream. I am tired and starting to loose my faith in the health industry. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      You most definitely should see a neurologist asap.
      To me it looks like a nerve in your is compressed by one of your backbones causing you all these problems:you might have a bad back hernia.
      I had most of your symptoms too and was operated 3 times on my back in 1986 1987 and1988
      And now it starts allover again:have an appointment with my neurologist next thursday and will be thoroughly checked.
      A CT scan and MRI with contrast fluids will be done and a spinal tab to make pictures of the nerves and backbones.
      Colors.
      But it will be solved asap.
      I wish you all the best and hope you get better soon

  22. QUESTION:
    Unexplained Stomach Pain/Gastrointestinal Problems?
    My fiance has had chronic gastrointestinal problems since November of 2007. He's seen his doctor about it numerous times and has had an Upper GI series done to look for ulcers (results were negative). We vacationed to Cuba a few weeks before his symptoms began, but he's had blood tests for several bacteria and they were all clean. He's been on Ranitidine and Pariet to reduce stomach acid and they seem to have helped, but he still experiences pain, gas, bloating and diarrhea 5 or more times per week. Does anyone have any ideas about what could be wrong?
    He hasn't had a barium enema or anything checked out in the lower end of his intestines. I guess this is because most of the pain and gas is from his stomach, but he sees the doctor this Tuesday. Should he request a colonoscopy or a BE?

    • ANSWER:
      was he checked for crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis and celiac disease? He would need a colonoscopy done to take biopsies to rule those pathologies out.

  23. QUESTION:
    I smell like ammonia, may have too much protein, Dr.refuse to test me for Helicobacter-please help me &answer?
    So, when I sweat I smell like pee or ammonia. I did some research and found that your body produces ammonia which is a by product of protein metabolism. When there are not enough carbs the ammonia smell presents itself through your sweat. A japan study states that protein contains nitrogen. When you take in more protein than your body needs, your liver knocks off the protein and the nitrogen is eventually converted to ammonia and it passes through the sweat glands and kidneys and that you may be infected with a bacteria called Helicobacter and to ask your doctor to test your blood for Helicobacter.

    Well I just came from my doctor and she refuses to test my blood for this bacteria because she says I don't have other symptoms that are associated with Helicobacter such as stomach ulcers and that she has never heard about Helicobacter having anything to do with protein, your sweat glands and kidneys.

    Does anyone know more about this bacteria and can I force my doctor to test me for this bacteria even if she think she shouldn't?

    The Japan study is said to be printed in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 1994 (February); 6 (2): 167-174.S Ito, Y Kohl, T Kato, Y Abe, T Ueda if anyone has access to this Journal.
    Also, I am a vegetarian and I do consume a lot of soy, beans and rice but I wouldn't think that I'm getting too much protein. If this is the case if I stop eating so much protein should the odor go away or would I still need to take medicine.

    • ANSWER:
      your doctors right you would have more symptoms
      it sounds like you are just eating too much protein

      you need 0.8 grams protein per 1 kg or 2.2lbs you weight
      so if your weight is 150 you only need 55 g of protein
      that's like 2 eggs =12 grams
      4 oz of chicken breast =31 grams
      a cup of yogurt= 12 grams
      in a day

      eating to much protein you will start to smell like ammonia when you sweat
      I also did not find anything stating that that could be a symptom of helicobacter

  24. QUESTION:
    What can I do for lip relief until I can visit the doctor?
    I would like to begin by saying I am going to the doctor as soon as I return home from school. This is looking for 1) temporary relief as nothing provides it anymore and 2) for a name or something to ask my doctor about. I know it is not angular cheilitis as the doctor and I have already rules that out.

    Symptoms:
    Very dry cracked skin on lips
    Inflamed and swollen
    Itchy
    Skin peels a lot
    Red raw and sore
    Edges of my mouth will be very sore
    The skin around my mouth will become very red, splotchy, painful, inflamed
    History:
    This problem has been persisting for about 3 years now and every time it occurs it gets worse.
    The problem begins one of two ways. One day my lips will out of nowhere (and very quickly) become very dry and chapped then they will become sore and unable to stay moisturized. The second way it will happen is the corners of my mouth will crack (hence the angular cheilitis) then they will become chapped and the entire process will begin.
    There is no link between the symptoms and the weather (and all other climate conditions such as it being dry), my stress level, my menstrual cycle, the season, what foods I eat/drink, or what lip products I use. I have stopped using all lip glosses and flavored chapsticks. I use either plain black label chapstick or petroleum jelly. I have also tried using blistex, medicated blistex, medicated lip treatments, carmex, and even several different types of a product like Neosporin, or nothing at all (as too much moisture was thought to be a problem once).
    I have also tried changing my diet, taking more vitamins (multi and a hair, skin and nails), limiting sun exposure, changing skin moisturizers, changing tooth paste, not wearing makeup, everything.
    Seeking medical help:
    Previously the dermatologist told me to use only petroleum jelly and desitin in the corners of my mouth as it was believe to be angular cheilitis however the problem affects my whole mouth and not just the corners. This form of treatment did not work and the problem eventually went away on its own, only to reoccur a few months later.
    Another doctor gave me a cream to use. While at first the cream did made the symptoms subside it quickly became ineffective against the problem.
    All forms of treatment (including the ones doctors have prescribed) have resulted in only temporary relief and not solved the underlying problem, they have only treated the symptoms.

    I have been doing research on my own. Many people seem to suffer from the same symptoms but
    There is no clue as to what the underlying problem may be. The closest I have come is Helicobacter pylori

    “Doctors now believe that some of these ulcerative diseases may be caused by H. pylori and other bacteria. A simple blood test will tell you if you have H. pylori bacterium, which is treated with oral antibiotics. If you get frequent mouth sores that do not heal well, especially if you also have other ulcerative or digestive problems, you should talk not only to your dentist about it, but your medical doctor, because it could be a symptom of a larger problem.”

    In September I was diagnosed with stomach ulcers and put on omeprazole for ulcers. The problems have existed long before the diagnosis of stomach ulcers however the problem has gotten worse ever since.

    Other things that I have found may be the cause:
    Eczema of the lips
    Perioral dermatitis

    Thank you!
    It HURTS a lot. To the point where opening my mouth hurts. It's also ugly and nasty looking but that could bother me less. I want relief because it hurts.

    Tip of the day: READ.
    The doctor told me to use the petroleum jelly. I'm not allergic.
    I've also increased my water intake and the "natural" Bert's Bee's irritates it. If something is inflamed don't put peppermint on it duh.

    • ANSWER:
      I didn't read past the petroleum jelly part but stop using that stuff. You are probably allergic to it. There are quite a few people who are. Your symptoms are extremely close to that of an allergic reaction. Start using only natural chap sticks without the jelly. Burts bees is one. Also increase you water intake.

  25. QUESTION:
    Are Ulcers an Infectious Disease?
    Background:

    In 1981, the following information came to the attention of Barry Marshall, a gastroenterologist at the Royal Perth Hospital in Australia. Household members of ulcer patients do not develop antibodies against Helicobacter. However, clinical staff involved in obtaining biopsy samples from ulcer patients develop antibodies against Helicobacter. If acid-suppressive therapy is combined with antibodies, ulcers usually do not recur. Exchange of bacteria of the intestinal and skin microbiota, which is normal among household members, does not transmit Helicobacter, but direct contact with stomach contents does. Marshall concluded that ulcers are an infectious disease caused by Helicobacter.

    1.What caused Marshall to reach his conclusion?
    a. Household members of ulcer patients develop antibodies against Helicobacter
    b. Clinical staff involved in obtaining biopsy samples from ulcer patients do not develop antibodies against Helicobacter
    c. Exchange of bacteria of the intestinal and skin microbiota, which is normal among household members, does not transmit Helicobacter, but direct contact with stomach contents does
    d. Exchange of skin microbiota causes ulcers

    2.What additional proof would be needed to show that Helicobacter causes ulcers?
    a. Conducting Louis Pasteur's experiment disproving the theory of spontaneous generation
    b. Conducting van Leeuwenhoek's experiment
    c. Prescribing acid-suppressive therapy combined with antibiotics for all patients with chest pain
    d. Marshall collected the additional proof by demonstrating Koch's postulates. Healthy volunteers were inoculated with Helicobacter; they developed symptoms of the disease; and the Helicobacter was recovered from them

    • ANSWER:
      1. c
      2. d

  26. QUESTION:
    What do IO feel like vomiting every once in a while especially after eating?
    I'm a guy, so for the record I don't get pregnant. I was admitted to hospital last year due to viral fever, and during that time, I vomitted no less than a couple of times a day. So I guess it all started from there... because prior from it, I have never experienced anything like this.

    I'm not sure if it was ulcer, because I don't experience any pain at all, and from other informations that I could find, somebody suggested it may due to pylori bacteria in my stomach, but searching through the list of symptoms such as weight loss, ache, nausea, blurping...I don't have any of these.

    But just that I feel like I wanted to vomit out, and to experience the 'kick' out of it. Normally, I'll just ignore it, and sometimes, by trying to suck a sweet, but it has been ongoing for quite some times already.

    • ANSWER:
      You might me bulemic.

  27. QUESTION:
    Do fat people understand that Bariatric Surgery is not easy way out?
    The following is a list of possible side-effects and complications to consider before having weight-loss surgery. We will discuss these in more detail at your office consultation.

    1. Anastomotic leak (leak from a connection made to the bowel, usually requires re-operation and long hospital stay)

    2. Anastomotic stricture (narrowing or obstruction at an intestinal connection resulting in vomiting)

    3. Bowel obstruction/strangulation/internal hernia/ischemic bowel possibly needing removal (associated with pain and vomiting, usually requires re-operation)

    4. Injury to an abdominal or pelvic organ/structure (especially the liver, spleen, pancreas, bile duct, stomach, esophagus, colon, bowel, diaphragm, urinary bladder, nerve or blood vessel)

    5. Conversion to an open operation (due to bleeding, poor exposure, large liver, tension on intestines, etc.)

    6. Incisional hernia (more likely if procedure is done open)

    7. Infection or abscess (due to a leak, spillage of intestinal contents, underlying infection, etc)

    8. Bleeding and the potential need for blood transfusion. Blood transfusion carries the risk of infection with bacteria, parasites (malaria), and viruses (hepatitis, HIV/AIDS).

    9. Need for additional surgery or procedures to treat any complication that may occur

    10. Prolonged hospital stay or readmission may be needed to treat complications

    11. Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot in a vein)

    12. Pulmonary Embolus (blood clot going to lung, fatal 30% of the time)

    13. Atelectasis (lung collapse causing fevers, possibly pneumonia)

    14. Pneumonia, lung infection and fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion)

    15. Heart attack (myocardial infarction)

    16. Stroke

    17. Pancreatitis

    18. Rhabdomyalysis (breakdown of the muscle in the body)

    19. Pressure ulcer or decubitus (skin breakdown, may require skin grafting)

    20. Allergic reaction to anesthesia, medications or materials

    21. Nerve or ligament injury from positioning or lying on the operating table

    22. Kidney failure and/or the need for dialysis

    23. Need for ICU care

    24. Need for a ventilator (machine to help you breathe)

    25. Multi-system organ failure (liver, kidneys, lungs, etc.)

    26. Poor cosmetic results (ugly scar, keloid, unattractive incisions, contour defects)

    27. Chronic pain, discomfort, numbness, burning or tingling in the incisions or anywhere else (abdomen, back, extremities)

    28. Transient or chronic nausea/vomiting due to strictures, gastroparesis, food intolerance, etc.

    29. Dysphagia (difficulty or painful swallowing)

    30. Diarrhea, constipation, foul smelling gas and stools

    31. Heartburn (acid reflux) symptoms

    32. Ulcers or gastritis

    33. Intestinal perforation due to ulcer, foreign body, obstructed food, etc.

    34. Development of food intolerances/loss of taste

    35. Dumping syndrome (abdominal pain, heart palpitations, sweating, nausea, diarrhea)

    36. Hair loss or thinning

    37. Development of malnutrition or vitamin deficiency

    38. Anemia

    39. Metabolic bone disease (loosing calcium from the bone because of inadequate intake and supplementation) with possible osteoporosis, secondary hyperparathyroidism and bone fractures

    40. Failure to lose an adequate amount of weight

    41. Loss of too much weight

    42. Development of loose or redundant skin

    43. Sterility or inability to become pregnant

    44. Increased ability to become pregnant

    45. Birth defects or fetal injury if you become pregnant. This is less likely once weight has stabilized and laboratory tests are normal. Usually, about 2 years after surgery.

    46. Postoperative depression or other psychological reaction to surgery

    47. Need to revise or reverse the procedure at some point in the future because of nutritional deficiencies, excessive weight loss, pain or other reasons

    48. Extended disability, financial hardship as a result of complications related to weight loss surgery

    49. Parts of your stomach and/or intestines will be inaccessible by endoscopy.

    50. Death (1% nationwide) within 30 days

    • ANSWER:
      It's just amazing how thousands and thousands of people have actually survived this surgery and are now healthy and happy. How long would your list be if you listed all the things that morbid obesity causes in a person. It would be much longer and certainly more serious than those you listed. You get this surgery to save your life. It has done that for my husband who is doing just great with it. He hasn't had a single problem yet other than getting adjusted to eating the right amount to not feel so full. He has lost 80 pounds and feels great. He is so much more active and actually takes long walks all the time. His energy level has skyrocketed. He started planting a garden yesterday and doesn't need anyone to help him get down on the ground to do it which he hasn't done in many years. He doesn't get out of breath like before. His blood pressure has dropped enough to lower his medication for it. Obesity caused him to have both his knees replaced and it still bothered him. Now he no longer has any pain in his knees, and he walks with ease. Next week, we are going to start riding our bikes. I always have had to do it without him, but no more. He is going along with others family and friends. This surgery has done much more for him than anyone can imagine. I don't know why you want to keep running it down, but it is a real lifesaver to many people. Yes, there are risks. But the real question is whether or not the risks of staying obese are greater than the surgery. Most doctors will agree that obesity is the bigger risk for anyone morbidly obese. My husband loves his new life without all that weight. He knew all the risks before he had it done. It was well worth taking those risks for his good health now.

  28. QUESTION:
    please do not open if u are faint of the bodily function but i really need help...?
    i have had this problem for about 6 months now...symptoms:diahrrea,gas;all fowl smelling,abdominal pain,and occasional nausea.these symptoms started accouring 6 months ago and were only about once a month so i though it coencided with my mens. cycle.then it got more frequant so i went to a doc and there first diagnosis was a bacterial infection in my colon so they gave me PAMINE forte and flora to help restore natural bacteria in gut.and then i had an U/S and i was toled i had an ovarian cyst so i went to see a gyn but the said the cyst had burst so i should be fine now...well 2 months later the symptoms were less frequant but still there severely.i am not at a loss and i am prob gettin an upper g.I to see if i have an ulcer.anyone know what an ulcer is if it is in ur lower stomach...bowel area? also i have been told i have ibs already could this be the cause?symptoms seem to happen right after my period.please do u think i have an ulcer.now occuring once a month after cycle

    thnx:)
    if u think this could be an ulcer what type? when i start to get the the abdominal pain and symptoms i notice that is when the flatulence smells the worst as well as my stool. my stool is not black but it does occasionally have blots of blood on it.
    there are so many varibles idk wat to think anymore and many things can be mistaked for ibs
    i really worry about it everyday now
    it affects my everyday life.

    • ANSWER:
      number one, try to rule out if you are lactose intolerant. try going a week without any milk or dairy products and see if that helps.

      number two, you may have IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. with that there will be certain foods and certain stress levels that may cause you to have to go to the bathroom frequently and at a moments notice. nothing horible you just have to watch out and be prepared anytime things get stressful.

      number three, you could have crohn's or colitis. both very painful bowel diseases. most often you start bleeding with them. since you didn't state that you had blood while you had a bowel movement I will quickly sort of rule those out.

      number four, have them check you for H. pylorus bacteria in your mouth and blood. it is a nasty bacteria that can cause ulcers and make you have horrible diarrhea and smelly flatulence.

      it sounds to me like lactose intolerance or some sort of IBS. it could possibly be the H. pylorus bacteria. but ask them about all of the testing options before they make you do a colonoscopy. those are horrible, trust me. ooooh, and if they do make you have a colonoscopy, ask for the powdered form of the stimulant instead of the watered form. the powdered form of the laxative you can put in like Powerade and Gatorade so that it doesn't taste awful! good luck, my prayers are with you!

  29. QUESTION:
    Did you know about these home remedies?........?
    Did You Know That? Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."

    Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

    Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

    Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

    Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

    Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer . Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly -- even though the product was never advertised for this use. ( Note : Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine is not the same..and contains aspirin, which can cause stomach bleeding if you have ulcers.)

    Honey remedy for skin blemishes ... Cover the blemish with a! dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

    Listerine < < /I > > therapy for toenail fungus ... Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

    Easy eyeglass protection ... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

    Coca-Cola cure for rust ... Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done. FYI, coca-cola is also used to shine shoes and clean car engines. I know people who do this and it works. (Scary that people still drink it.)

    Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer ... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409 . Insects drop to the ground instantly.

    Smart splinter remover ...just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

    Hunt's tomato paste boil cure ....cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

    Balm for broken blisters ...To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine ... a powerful antiseptic.

    Heinz vinegar to heal bruises ... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

    Kills fleas instantly . Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas.

    Rainy day cure for dog odor ... Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

    Eliminate ear mites ... All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

    Quaker Oats for fast pain relief ....It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard of the coke one--I actually cleaned a car battery with one & it worked for me! The rest I'll keep on hand, incase......

  30. QUESTION:
    IS THIS IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME OR NOT?
    I wonder if any of you clever people on here can please help? My doctor diagnosed me earlier this year with suspected IBS and put me Meverene antispasmodics, 3 tablets daily. Apart from occasional diarrhoea, constipation and stomach cramps i have been pretty apart from a severe bout of lower right abdominal pain at the beginning of the year which petered out after several months. I do yet rare flare ups of that pain. However, last Wednesday at 1.30am i was awoken by an agonising pain in my upper left abdomen, 3 inches across from my navel. Throughout the day I had 8 bowel movements and a couple of times the pain would ease after going. The next day a locum doctor visited me and said it could not be IBS as my symptoms "did`nt fit" but he did not know what it was and prescribed Omazerapole ulcer tablets which i refused to take. That evening i had waves of colicky pain and until Sunday although i was having 2 bm a day i was constipated as it was very difficult to go and they were small, hard and very dark (apologies for gross details). The severe pain petered out till it was just a vague niggly ache but on Sunday i developed severe discomfort all over the left of my abdomen and around a little into my back. My stomach in that area would make funny rumbling noises and i had severe wind. Not slept much last night, felt nauseous, lot of gas and rumbling and uncomfortable to sleep on left side. This morning my constipation cleared up only to be replaced with diarrhoea and feeling vaguely unwell also. Went to see another locum doctor who also dismissed IBS and said it was probably a virus. I disagree, i think my regular doctor is right but would really appreciate if anyone who has experience could tell me if they think it is IBS or not. I also have occasional bouts of Chronic Fatigue and 4 days before this episode started i finished 10 days of antibiotics for a chest infection. I am feeling very sore under my ribs and abdomen and have started taking a vitamin and pro-biotic supplement (2 billion is the bacteria level), drinking Yakult and eating an organic live yoghurt daily.

    • ANSWER:
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very complex problem and there is no cure for it. You first need to talk with your doctor and make sure he gave you an accurate IBS diagnosis. In order to be given a clear diagnosis of IBS; there are a battery of tests to take and they all should rule out more serious problems, For more information on the tests to take visit www.TheIBSFormula.com. Once you have been given a clear diagnosis of IBS then you will have to figure out what is causing the IBS symptoms. Many IBS triggers can be found in the food you eat and the lifestyle you lead. The book "The IBS Formula" gives you an up to date look at IBS, what causes it and how to take control of your life from these symptoms.

  31. QUESTION:
    Mircobology Question?
    This 60 year old woman w/a past medical history of a gastric ulcer had a recently noted symptoms of dyspepsia. She characterized her discomfort as a pressure in the upper abdominal area that radiated to her chest and neck. She underwent an upper gastrointertinal series which showed radiologic findings compatible with a tickened fold w/in the stomach. and outpatient esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) was performed. A biopsy of the antral portion of the stomachwas consistent w/moderate gastritis. No tumor was seen. In addition, the biopsy demonstrated 3+ to 4+ of a bacterial organism.
    1. What bacterium has been associated w/chronic gastritis?
    2.What clinical syndromes, other than chronic gastritis, have been linked to this organism
    3 other than histopathologic exam of a biopsy specimen how can infection w/this organsim be diagnosed
    4 what is the epidemiology of infection w/this organsim
    5 what special properties of this organism allow it to live in rather inhospitable envir in stomach

    • ANSWER:
      1. H. pylori
      2. gastric and duodenal cancer
      3. ammonia in the breath
      4. lives in the stomach for years
      5. H. pylori has urease, it can turn urea into ammonia and carbon dioxide, raising the pH

      10 points

  32. QUESTION:
    IBS, gastritis, ulcers, that time of month...women only please?
    Okay, here's another annoying health question! I was diagnosed with IBS like a year ago but that was before my labs came back to show that I had the h. pylori bacteria (which is the cause of 90% of today's ulcers)... so now I'm not sure if I ever really had IBS or not but have had a lot of intestinal symptoms throughout the years. That's not my real question though...
    Since this infection affects the lining of your stomach and your acidity level I was wondering if anyone who has had ulcers in the past has been sensitive to OTC pain meds. Months ago I looked up the symptoms of gastritis and had many of them. I know that ulcers cause sensitivity to meds in general but during that time of the month, I have to take Ibuprofen to help with cramps and back pain. (It's the only time I ever take pain meds.)
    After the first couple of days of my period, I feel a lot worse inside and am wondering (from those of you that have experienced what I have) if you have had the same experience.
    I go to the doctor for a check up Tuesday.

    • ANSWER:
      if you IBS, THEN YOU HAVE ibs. if have Ppylori, then thats what you have. ulcers are in the stomach. IBS is in the intestinal track, small and large if your discomfort is from the navel up, which is your stomach thats ulcers, take extra strengh GAVISGON, NOTHING WORKS LIKE THIS. IBS is when your small intestinal tract spasticsizes in to knots, cramping feel. just ask your doctor for a rx. called LIBRAX. this will eliminate all the cramping in the GI tract. This Librax is an antispasomadic relaxer, and is quite effective.
      Now, when you take IBUPROFEN to much of this rx. will make your stomach BLEED, where is your DR.
      WHEN YOU GO SEE HIM, GET A SCRIPT. FOR LIBRAX, 3XS ADAY,QUINITY 90 PILLS, 3 REFILLS. THIS WILL ALL YOUR BACK ACHE AND ALL YOUR CRAMPS, AND GET RIDD OF YOUR ADVIL. YOU WILL BE A NEW WOMEN SOON!!!!!

  33. QUESTION:
    Nausea, weighloss, lump in throat feeling. What is wrong with me?
    Okay, I have been sick for more than a year now, and my doctors have no idea why. It all started after four rounds of antibiotics for tonsillitis.

    Here are my symptoms. I have no idea if any are connected.

    Nausea, comes and goes, usually worse at night, and sometimes after I eat anything.

    Loss of appetite, I cannot eat hardly anything.

    Acid reflux that comes and goes.

    Lump in throat feeling, usually worse at night and while lying down. Usually accompanied by nausea.

    Weight loss, I’ve lost 60lbs in 14 months without doing anything. It seems to be getting worse.

    Increased cold sensitivity, always cold.

    Hear flutters, comes at random times, usually short of breath and dizzy after.

    Bad sinus drainage, constant, worse at night.

    Random lymph node swelling in neck/jaw. Sometimes accompanied by faint ear and/or throat pain. Usually goes away within a few days.

    Abdominal pain, usually on the left side. A dull burning pain that comes and goes.

    Joint pain, mostly in left knee, no injuries.

    Hair loss.

    Tooth decay.

    Dizziness / near fainting when standing.

    Ringing in ears, usually after a dizzy spell.

    Vertigo that comes and goes.

    Easy bruising / unexplained bruising. Usually on knees and thighs.

    Eye pain, comes and goes.

    Headaches.

    Sinus pain.

    Unexplained sores on skin.

    Constipation and diarrhea. Comes and goes.

    Okay, now for the tests I’ve had done.

    Hida scan. – Normal.

    Ultrasound of uterus and gallbladder. – Normal.

    CT scan. – Showed what looked like inflammation of the large bowel. But was noted that it was probably due to the fact that I couldn’t drink all of the barium.

    Blood work. – I am not sure what all they tested for, but it all was normal.

    SED Rate. – Normal.

    Stool sample. – Normal, no h. pylori or any other bacteria.

    Tested for Celiac. – Negative.

    Tested for syphilis. – Negative.

    Endoscopy. – Normal, no signs of GERD, inflammation, ulcers or infection.

    Small bowel and stomach biopsies. – Normal.

    Okay, now the medication I’ve been on.

    Prevacid [ for nausea. ] – No help.

    Zantac [ for nausea. ] – Helped the nausea and acid reflux slightly.

    Nexium [ for nausea. ] – Helped quite a bit with the nausea and acid reflux.

    Flagyl [ for the suspected bowel inflammation. ] – Just made everything 20x worse. Stopped taking it after four days.

    Cipro [ for the suspected bowel inflammation. ] - Noticed no difference or side effects.

    Amitriptyline [ for a sleep aid. ] – Helped with sleeping, but left me dehydrated and produced a nasty taste in my mouth. I stopped taking it after 3 weeks.
    Amoxicillin [ replacement for Flagyl. ] – Noticed no difference or side effects.

    Zofran [ for nausea. ] – Helped tremendously, but I ran out.

    And now the medication I have taken on my own.

    Benadryl [ For sinus drainage and a sleep aid. ] – Works as a sleep aid, but doesn’t stop the drainage. I have become used to it, so now it has no affect what so ever.

    Pepto [ for nausea, acid reflux and lump in throat feeling. ] – Works for a little while. Has no affect on the lump in throat feeling.

    Multi vitamin [ for hair loss, joint pain and tooth decay. ] - No effect so far, but I’ve only been on it for 4 days.

    Over the counter acid reducer [ for nausea, acid reflux and lump in throat feeling. ] – Works the same as Zantac. No effect on the lump on throat feeling.

    Ginger [ for nausea. ] – Helps slightly.

    Probiotics – Made everything worse. Stopped taking after 4 days.

    Now for what I know I DON’T have.

    Celiac.

    Gluten allergy.

    GERD.

    Ulcers.

    Gallbladder disease.

    Gastritis.

    Hiatal hernia.

    H. pylori.

    Colitis.

    Medical history / conditions.

    Asthma. I’ve had it since I was 4. I use an albuterol inhaler.

    Allergies. I’m allergic to most animals, dust, certain metals, pollen and dander.

    I used to have chronic ear infections when I was growing up.

    I had my tongue clipped when I was 13.

    I had groin hernia surgery when I was 2.

    I’ve had pneumonia once.

    I’ve had tonsillitis.

    I used to be allergic to Eggs when I was 5. I am not anymore.

    No known allergies to any medication.

    I’ve had my right eardrum bust twice due to ear infections.
    I have a history of breast cancer and other kinds of cancer in my family.

    I have reoccurring ovarian cysts.

    Okay, now here are some other helpful facts.

    I smoke about half a pack to a pack a day.

    I do not do drugs of any kind and never have.

    I don’t drink.

    I hardly exercise.

    I drink about 3 cokes a day.

    I do not drink water, whatsoever.

    I have a poor sleep pattern. I go to sleep around 4 – 5AM and get up around noon.

    I live in a house with 3 dogs, 3 birds, 1 caged mouse, 1 rabbit, 1 guinea pig and 7 outdoor cats.

    I live in a house with a mouse and cockroach infestation.

    I live in a dusty house.

    My sister works at a horse barn.

    I live directly behind a g

    • ANSWER:
      Oh dear you need a non fictional Dr. House!

      And I do realize that is not going to help you at all (sorry) but what can you really expect from Yahoo answers when doctors are already trying...

      Anyway Good Luck and I hope you feel better ASAP!

  34. QUESTION:
    Crohns Disease?
    At the beginning of April I went to the doctors because I was constipated. But before that I had white mucus and blood in my bowels. So the doctor gave me laxatives which did the trick, but when I got back to normal there was still blood and mucus in my bowels. So they set me up for a colonoscopy. Afterwards the doctor said that he found two ulcers and my colon was inflamed. He thought I had either a bacteria infection or ulcerative colitis.

    He did a biopsy and the results came back that said what they saw was CONSISTANT with Crohns disease. I've never had any of the symptoms of Crohns (abdominal pain and diarhea). I have not taken the meds they gave me and I've shown no signs of anything. The doctor said that it could have all been a fluke and that he has seen it before.

    One thing also, almost every morning I wake up with my stomach cramped up. I think it's because I sleep on my floor and not a soft surface, but does anyone know if this is an indicator of anything else?
    I do not have regular stomach pains or any diarrhea whatsoever. A lot of times when I wake up in the morning my stomach is cramped up, but goes away when I'm awake and moving around. The doctor found 2 ulcers in my colon and saw the my colon was inflamed and the biopsy results came back saying it was consistant with Crohn's disease. I've never heard of the stomach cramping in the morning as a symptom, but other than that I have no symptoms of Crohns.....any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      hi thinker, I am a female crohn's pt. for 28 yr. who has been through all of the tests as you have described. I can relate to the pain you go through....... the stomach cramps you are experiencing are definitely a symptom of Crohn's I have had it for a long time so I take my anti spasmatics to ease it. Why are you not taking your meds? Just because you feel fine isn't a reason not to take it. It will make things worse. Call your GI and tell you what you are doing. This illness is like that. Maybe he can do something else for you.

      Symptoms will vary in each person as well as pain. Check into the crohn's and colitis foundation's website for more information. they have a live chat, a hotline both run by healthcare experts as well as a forum where you can post your questions.

      Seriously,even though you are not showing outward signs of CD, your insides are inflamed and that needs to be under control otherwise the intestines can narrow and cause an obstruction. They are extremely painful and can lead to other serious problems such as a perforation or a total colectomy.

      good luck to you.

  35. QUESTION:
    Gastric ulcers are caused when...?
    H. Pylori bacteria is in your stomach or by taking non-steroidal medication, my question is: How does one get infected with H. Pylori? how can we avoid getting infected with it? and is bad breath a symptom/characteristic of this disease? what is the most effective way to get rid of the bad breath
    thanks for your answer

    • ANSWER:
      H. pylori (Helicobacter pylori)

      Stress, spicy foods, type A personality. Which of these causes most stomach ulcers? The answer: none of them. Research shows that most ulcers -- 80% of stomach ulcers and 90% of those in the duodenum, the upper end of the small intestine -- develop because of infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).

      How H. pylori Makes You Sick

      H. pylori is a spiral-shaped bacterium commonly found in the stomach. The bacteria's shape and the way they move allow them to penetrate the stomach's protective mucous lining, where they produce substances that weaken the lining and make the stomach more susceptible to damage from gastric acids.

      The bacteria can also attach to cells of the stomach, causing stomach inflammation (gastritis), and can stimulate the production of excess stomach acid. Over time, infection with the bacteria can also increase the risk of stomach cancer.

      Although it is not known how H. pylori infection is spread, scientists believe it may be contracted through food and water. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 20% of people under 40 years old and half of adults over 60 years old are infected.

      Symptoms of H. Pylori

      Having H. pylori infection doesn't necessarily mean you'll have ulcers or develop stomach cancer. In fact, most people infected with the bacteria never have symptoms or problems such as ulcers. Only a small number of people with the infection develop stomach cancer. It's not clear why some infected people develop ulcers and others don't.

      When H. pylori does cause symptoms, they are usually either symptoms of gastritis or peptic ulcer disease. The most common symptom of peptic ulcer disease is gnawing or burning abdominal pain, usually in the area just beneath the ribs. This pain typically gets worse when your stomach is empty and improves when you eat food, drink milk, or take an antacid.

      Other symptoms may include:

      * weight loss
      * loss of appetite
      * bloating
      * burping
      * nausea
      * vomiting (vomit may be bloody or look like coffee grounds)
      * black, tarry stools

      As with most health conditions, the best treatment for H. pylori is prevention. Right now, there is no vaccine against H. pylori, and because doctors don't fully understand how the bacterium is spread, there are no guidelines for preventing it. However, it is always important to protect yourself from GI infections by washing your hands well and frequently, practicing safe food preparation and storage, and drinking water from a safe source.


Stomach Bacteria Symptoms Helicobacter Pylori

Written By: ibzzA1 - Jul• 07•12

Helicobacter pylori are gram negative bacteria that grow on the inner lining of the stomach causing severe cases of infection. Health practitioners classify the different Helicobacter pylori symptoms in to classic and non classic symptoms.

Classic H pylori symptoms

This group includes all the symptoms that can be detected. Some of them are as follows:

  1. Abdominal pain- Extreme infection causes inflammation of the lining of the stomach. This results in pain. The gas built within the stomach also causes extreme pain.
  2. Hurt burn and acidity - H. pylori increase the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This excessive acid causes the inner lines of the stomach to burn and cause pain. The acid when spills in to the oesophagus cause acidity.
  3. Anaemia - the digestive system of the body gets affected due to the burning of the inner lining of the stomach. As a result a deficiency in the production and subsequent absorption of essential nutrients in the body occur. This leads to the decrease in the amount of iron absorbed by the blood causing Anaemia.
  4. Bad breath - Helicobacter pylori increases the production of ammonia in the cell. This reacts with the acid of the stomach to produce a bad breath.
  5. Dyspepsia - When the infection starts to get severe, nausea and blotting of the stomach takes place. This specially occurs after any meal. This is gastritis, which in extreme case converts in to Dyspepsia.
  6. Ulcers - A very common symptom of H. pylori, ulcers cause severe cramping and pain in the stomach.
  7. Dysentery - Chronic cases of infection lead to frequent discharge of stool.