How to Treat Drug-Resistant Vaginal Infections

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How to Treat Drug-Resistant Vagina Infections

If you are having recurrent Vaginitis or the drug you are taking is not working for you, read this.

What is drug resistant Vaginitis?

Drug-resistant Vaginitis is when the causative agent of the Vaginitis is immune to drugs. When this happens, the causative agents develop resistant DNA (factors) that prevent regular drugs from treating the infection. Hence a new method of treatment is introduced.


Causes of drug-resistant Vaginitis:

* The most common cause of drug-resistant vaginitis is the lack of prevention of recurrence of the infection.


* Drug abuse is another common cause of any resistant disease. Taking drugs without a medical test, drug prescription and self-medication are also forms of drug abuse. Put an end to drug abuse to make treatments easy for you.

* Wearing the same panties for too long i.e a year or two can cause re-infection.

* Taking oral drugs without using cream to treat the external part can make the causative agent on the surface of the vagina cause constant re-infection which makes it difficult to treat after a long time of re-infection.

* Taking antibiotics which lower the level of good bacteria in the vagina and increases the growth of yeast.

* Poor immune system and malnutrition.

* Hormonal changes during pregnancy.


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How to treat multiple resistant infections.

If you are having recurrent vaginitis, you probably know which organism is causing it, if you don't, go for a medical test.


1. Bacteria: The most common bacterial infection is Bacteria Vaginosis. To treat this;
* Stay on a longer course of oral antibiotics (Metronidazole 500mg twice a day and doxycycline 500mg twice a day) for as long as 14-21 days along with intravaginal Metronidazole gel for 21 days. Then use mycoten cream on the surface of the vagina even after medication.

During the treatment, ensure that you drink enough water, clean the surface of your vagina with diluted antiseptics or disinfectants immediately after using the toilet. Practice good vagina hygiene (as listed in my previous post).

* Stay on a longer course of probiotics and probiotic based food e.g yoghurt.

* Most importantly ensure that your sexual partner is free from infections.

2. Fungi: The most common fungi infection is Candida albicans and other Candida species, to treat this;

* Don't take antibiotics because it increases the growth of fungi.

* Stay on a longer course of oral antifungal drugs. (Clotrimazole100mg orally twice daily) for 4-6weeks

* Use clotrimazole intravaginal cream for 4-6 weeks.

*Use clotrimazole cream on the surface of the vagina even after treatment.

* During the treatment, ensure that you drink enough water, clean the surface of your vagina with diluted antiseptics or disinfectants immediately after using the toilet. Practice good vagina hygiene (as listed in my previous post).

* Stay on a longer course of probiotics and probiotic based food e.g yoghurt.

* Most importantly ensure that your sexual partner is free from infections.

NB: Yeast infections also falls under this category.


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Sexually transmitted diseases and urinary tracts infections can also cause vaginitis as clinical signs. That is why it is always important to test before treating.

If your vaginitis is caused by STD or UTI make sure you go for a test, don't just take any antibiotics because you don't know if the causative agent is gram -ve or gram +ve. Using a gram -ve antibiotics to cure a gram +ve organism will only compound to your problem.

Treating STD's and UTI's can help stop vaginitis if they are the original cause, but no matter the case, always keep the vagina clean and use vagina surface creams e.g mycoten or clotrimazole.

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I hope this helps. Keep fighting, stay strong, stay healthy.

Credit: Medscape

Disclaimer: Do not take this post as a medical expert advice. This is an informational blogpost. Do visit your local doctor for more consultation. 

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