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Female -- Vaginal Discharge/Infections
Curing hemophilus or gardnerella
Posted on: 10/14/2008
Can hemophilus or gardnerella vaginalis be cured?
Yes is the answer to your question. But, much like a yeast infection, it can come back again. Any single episode is usually "cured" by antibiotics, meaning the bacteria are killed off. It's possible for the bacteria to continue living as part of the normal population of bacteria in the vagina, but not cause disease or vaginitis. Certain conditions, which can vary from individual to individual, may cause the bacteria to produce the inflammation, irrtation, discharge, etc., that we call bacterial vaginosis (BV). So a person can get BV again, even after being cured by antibiotics in a prior episode. In some cases, though, the bacteria do stay away after a treatment. It's just hard to predict for a given individual.