Yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis (BV) both cause vaginal discharge. Yeast infection discharge is thick, white, and had a cottage cheese consistency. BV discharge is whitish-gray and is thinner. Vaginal odor, irritation, and pain may also be present. Treatment of yeast infections includes over-the-counter and prescription antifungals. BV treatment involves antibiotics. Read more: Yeast Infection vs. Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) Article
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- clindamycin vaginal suppository (Cleocin)
- clindamycin vaginal cream (Cleocin, Clindesse)
- metronidazole cream (Noritate, Metrocream)
- Solosec (secnidazole)
- Tindamax (tinidazole)
- Eraxis (anidulafungin)
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