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Probiotics, or friendly or good bacteria, are live microorganisms that can be used as complementary and alternative medicine to treat illnesses such as vaginal infections, tooth decay, H. pylori infection, irritable bowel syndrome, infectious diarrhea, and inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

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  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the bladder, kidneys, ureters, or urethra. E. coli, a type of bacteria that...learn more »
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    Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) Article
    • What is a urinary tract infection (UTI)?
    • What causes a urinary tract infection?
    • Are urinary tract infections contagious?
    • What are urinary tract infection symptoms and signs?
    • When should people seek medical care for a UTI?
    • How do physicians diagnose a urinary tract infection?
    • Are there home remedies for a urinary tract infection?
    • What is the treatment for a urinary tract infection?
    • What follow-up is needed for a urinary tract infection?
    • Is it possible to prevent a urinary tract infection?
    • What is the prognosis of a urinary tract infection?
  • Bacterial Vaginosis Bacterial vaginosis is an abnormal vaginal condition that is characterized by vaginal discharge resulting from an overgrowth of...learn more »
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    Bacterial Vaginosis Article
    • Bacterial vaginosis facts
    • What is bacterial vaginosis?
    • What is causes bacterial vaginosis?
    • What are symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?
    • Is bacterial vaginosis contagious?
    • Can you get bacterial vaginosis from a sexual partner?
    • How is bacterial vaginosis diagnosed?
    • What is the whiff test?
    • What is the treatment for bacterial vaginosis?
    • Are there over-the-counter (OTC) medications or home remedies for bacterial vaginosis?
    • Can bacterial vaginosis be prevented?
    • What are the complications of bacterial vaginosis?
    • What is the prognosis (outlook) for bacterial vaginosis?
  • Constipation Constipation is defined medically as fewer than three stools per week and severe constipation as less than one stool per week....learn more »
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    Constipation Article
    • Constipation facts
    • What is constipation?
    • What causes constipation?
    • Medications that cause constipation
    • Other causes of constipation
    • What are constipation symptoms?
    • How is constipation diagnosed (evaluated)?
    • Exams and tests
    • Imaging studies and other tests
    • What treatments are available for constipation?
    • Dietary fiber and bulk-forming laxatives to treat constipation
    • Other laxatives to treat constipation
    • Other laxatives and OTC products to treat constipation
    • Prescription drugs to treat constipation
    • Other treatments for constipation
    • What is the approach to the evaluation and treatment of constipation?
    • When should I seek medical care for chronic constipation?
    • What is new in the treatment of constipation?
  • Yeast Infection (in Women and Men) Vaginal yeast infections in women are caused by an organism called Candida albicans. Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection...learn more »
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    Yeast Infection (in Women and Men) Article
    • Vaginal yeast infection facts
    • What is a vaginal yeast infection?
    • What causes a vaginal yeast infection?
    • What are the signs and symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection?
    • What may increase my risk of getting a vaginal yeast infection?
    • How is a vaginal yeast infection diagnosed?
    • Are there home remedies to treat a vaginal yeast infection?
    • What over-the-counter (OTC) medications are available to treat a vaginal yeast infection?
    • When are oral prescription medications used to treat a vaginal yeast infection?
    • How can a yeast infection be treated if I am pregnant?
    • Can a man get a yeast infection from his sexual partner?
    • What are the symptoms of a yeast infection in men?
    • What is the treatment for yeast infection in men?
    • How can vaginal yeast infections be prevented?
    • What about recurrent yeast infections?
    • How can you protect yourself from contracting a yeast infection from your sexual partner?
  • Diarrhea Diarrhea is a change is the frequency and looseness of bowel movements. Cramping, abdominal pain, and the sensation of rectal...learn more »
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    Diarrhea Article
    • Diarrhea facts
    • What is diarrhea?
    • What is the definition of diarrhea?
    • What symptoms are associated with diarrhea?
    • What are common causes of acute diarrhea?
    • Traveler's diarrhea
    • Viral gastroenteritis
    • Bacterial enterocolitis
    • Food poisoning
    • Parasites
    • Drugs
    • What are common causes of chronic diarrhea?
    • When should the doctor be called for diarrhea?
    • How is the cause of diarrhea diagnosed?
    • What home remedies help the symptoms of diarrhea?
    • What medications are used to treat diarrhea?
    • When should antibiotics be used for diarrhea?
    • What are the complications of diarrhea?
    • How can dehydration be prevented and treated?
  • Abdominal Pain (Causes, Remedies, Treatment) Abdominal pain can have many causes. Some of the less serious causes include bloating, gas, colitis, endometriosis, food...learn more »
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    Abdominal Pain (Causes, Remedies, Treatment) Article
    • Abdominal pain facts
    • What is abdominal pain?
    • What causes abdominal pain?
    • When should I call my doctor about abdominal pain?
    • How is the cause of abdominal pain diagnosed?
    • Signs and symptoms associated with abdominal pain
    • Physical examination to diagnose abdominal pain
    • Exams and tests to diagnose abdominal pain
    • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and diagnosing abdominal pain
    • Why can diagnosis of the cause of abdominal pain be difficult?
    • What are home remedies for certain causes of abdominal pain?
    • What medications can be used to treat certain causes of abdominal pain?
    • What lifestyle choices can I make to prevent abdominal pain?

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