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Gardnerella Vaginalis Overview

Another name for Gardnerella Vaginalis is Bacterial Vaginitis.

What is bacterial vaginitis?
A woman with bacterial vaginitis has irritation and inflammation of the vaginal lining due to an overgrowth of bacteria. Normally, bacteria and yeast live in the vagina without causing symptoms. Gardnerella bacteria are the most common cause of bacterial vaginitis.

What are the symptoms of bacterial vaginitis?
Common symptoms of bacterial vaginitis include vaginal pain, vaginal redness, vaginal itching, and a foul-smelling or colored vaginal discharge.

How does the doctor treat bacterial vaginitis?
Treatment for bacterial vaginitis includes warm baths, local care, and antibiotics

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Last Updated: Aug 24, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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