Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Vaginitis Bacterial Home Care

Home care measures for bacterial vaginitis include:

  • Take prescribed antibiotics as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Don't stop taking your medication just because you feel better.
    • If you feel worse, talk to your doctor before you stop your medication.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
  • Avoid products that irritate the vagina:
    • Strong soaps
    • Bubble bath
  • Wear cotton underwear.
  • Use condoms until the infection has resolved.
  • Do not have sexual intercourse for 2 weeks after treatment.
  • Keep your genitals clean.
  • Change tampons often during menstruation.
    • Every 4-6 hours
  • While taking antibiotics:
    • Use a vaginal antifungal cream
  • Gently dry your genitals after bathing.
  • Wipe from front to back after urinating.

Vaginitis Bacterial Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have bacterial vaginitis and any of the following:

Continue to Vaginitis Bacterial Outlook

Last Updated: Dec 3, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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