How long does Metronidazole take to work?
Metronidazole is an antibiotic used to treat a number of infections, including mouth infections (such as dental abscesses), skin infections and bacterial vaginosis (BV). It is only available by prescription and comes in tablet, liquid gel, cream, and suppository forms.
How long does Metronidazole take to work?
The time it takes for Metronidazole to work will depend on the reason you have been prescribed it. For bacterial vaginosis (BV), you will normally be prescribed a 7 day course of antibiotics (one tablet, twice a day) and all symptoms should have cleared by the end of this (although you will probably notice an improvement after only a couple of days).
Even if you feel your symptoms have resolved, it is important to continue taking the prescribed antibiotics and to complete the entire course. Although symptoms may not resolve completely, the infection will. If you stop taking antibiotics too early, the infection may not have fully cleared. You could experience symptoms returning.
How do I use Metronidazole?
Metronidazole can only be prescribed by a doctor. Metronidazole comes in many forms. Your doctor may recommend a specific one depending on your condition. You can take BV as a tablet, or as a vaginal cream. It really comes down to the preferences of the woman.
Metronidazole tablets can be taken whole by drinking a glass water. Some users report a metallic taste in their mouth and the tablets quickly dissolve in the mouth. To mask this taste, you can try drinking a glass milk instead of water.
Metronidazole has side effects like all medications. These side effects may not be experienced by everyone who takes it. However, many users report feeling nausea, stomach pains and bloating, as well as a loss in appetite. These stomach issues can be caused by not taking your tablets right after eating. You should also eat something before you take the tablets. This will reduce side effects and ease your stomach.
What is bacterial vignanosis (BV), and how can it be prevented?
Bacterial Vaginosis refers to an infection in which the pH balance of a woman’s vagina is disturbed. There are many reasons for this, but the pH balance in the vagina can be very delicate. Any slight alteration can lead to serious complications.
The IUD contraceptive device and basic hygiene practices are common triggers for BV. Regular sex, or sex with many partners can trigger BV. This is because the foreign object can be found in the vagina. The semen can also interfere with the vagina's slight acidity.
Although BV can be caused by sex it is not sexually transmitted. The infection is not transmitted from one person to the other, but is caused by an imbalance within a woman's body. Men cannot contract bacterial vaginosis.
Another way bacteria can get into the vagina is by wearing tight underwear (such thongs), not regularly changing your underwear, and wiping from front to back. Overwashing can also trigger BV by affecting the natural balance of your vagina. Avoid using perfumes or soaps with strong scents on delicate areas. Use gentle washing instead.
What are the symptoms for bacterial vaginosis?
Women with BV may not be aware they have it. If you do experience symptoms, the most common is a strong fishy smell and vaginal discharge. It could be either white or grey in colour and usually has a watery consistency. If your discharge is thick then it's more likely to be thrush or another vaginal complaint.
If you notice changes in your intimate health, it is important to have yourself checked. While most vaginal infections, such as BV, are not serious and can be treated quickly, bleeding between sex, discharge or foul odors may indicate more serious problems, such as pelvic inflammatory disorder (PID), or other types of cancer.
You don't have to be embarrassed or nervous about visiting a doctor in person. Instead, you can use a self-testing kit at home. These kits can be used to diagnose common infections like Thrush, BV and Chlamydia. It is important to note that symptoms that persist even after treatment should be checked by a doctor.