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Question: Antibiotics seem to be not working

 Pariss - Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:06 pm

About a year or so ago i was diagnosed with HPV and 1 month diagnosed with hsv1&2. But lately i have been having recurrent vaginal discharge and itching. My doctor had previously prescribe cipro 500mg, doxycicline, levaquin 500mg. None of these medications haave worked because im still having the discharge and itching. Today he prescribe me amoxicillin 500mg 1 cap 3x a day..On every sample he has taken from the discharge it shows that i have alot of white cells..If for some reason the amoxicillin does not work, what are my other options in getting better? is having alot white cells in the discharge should that be something to worry about..Im very worry..please advice

thank you
Pariss :(
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Tue Jan 10, 2006 4:01 pm

User avatar Hello,

The 3 most common causes of vaginitis are bacterial vaginosis, vulvovaginal candidiasis (yeast infection) and trichomoniasis.[1] Vaginal discharge may also result from sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea or chlamydia.

A white, curdlike discharge that looks like cottage cheese is a classic sign of yeast infection. Yellow, green or gray discharge is usually a sign of trichomonas or bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis also has an unusual, fishy odor.[1] Gonorrhea and chlamydia usually don't cause any symptoms at all. In some cases they present as a new vaginal discharge accompanied by fever, abdominal pain or pain during intercourse.

Itching is usually most noticeable with a yeast infection, though it may occur with any type of infection or irritation.

The presence of many white cells is common with trichomoniasis. Your doctor may resort to treat you with an antibiotic called metronidazole (Flagyl) or clindamycin.

1. Carr PL, Felsenstein D, Friedman RH. Evaluation and management of vaginitis. J Gen Intern Med 1998;13:335-46, and Sobel JD. Vaginitis. N Engl J Med 1997;337:1896-903.

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