Our vaginas smell -- all the time. We rarely notice, of course, because when the vagina has a balanced pH level the odor remains largely consistent and indiscernible. But it doesn’t take much to upset that pH: sex with a partner wearing a condom, as well as semen, tampons, menstruation, the use of vibrators and even eating certain foods with strong flavors and odors can all change the pH and bring about new and different smells.
Some of the most common odors are:
What it might mean: A fishy smell can be a sign of either bacterial vaginosis, a bacterial infection, or trichomoniasis, a common and easily treated STI . With both, you might also notice a white or gray discharge .
Should you see a doctor ? Yes. Both of these infections are treated with antibiotics.
What it might mean: You have recently had your period or you have recently had sex where semen entered your vagina. Both of these c...
Gas gangrene is a potentially deadly form of tissue death (gangrene) .
See also: Necrotizing subcutaneous infection
Tissue infection - Clostridial; Gangrene - gas; Myonecrosis; Clostridial infection of tissues
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Gas gangrene is rare in the United States. The condition is most often caused by a bacteria called Clostridium perfringens. However, it also can be caused by Group A streptococcus. Staphylococcus aureus and Vibrio vulnificus can cause similar infections.
is present in most environments. As the bacteria grow, they can produce gas in body tissues and produce many different toxins that can damage tissues. Under low-oxygen ( anaerobic
) conditions, Clostridium
that cause tissue death and related symptoms.
Gas gangrene generally occurs at the site of trauma or a recent surgical wound. The onset of gas gangrene is sudden and dramati...
What do humans have in common with bike tires and those cartoon-character balloons that are hauled down parade routes on holidays? All three contain gas.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), it's common for people to produce one-half to two quarts of gas a day, expelling it in up to 14 daily bursts. Some gas gets into people's digestive tracts after they swallow it from the surrounding air. But some gas is there because bacteria in the colon produce it after munching on undigested material.
Some people may find gas in their digestive tract to be particularly uncomfortable . This is called bloating . Gas discomfort is a common symptom that in most cases doesn't point to a serious problem. But if gas is causing you serious pain or it's been uncomfortable for more than two weeks, bring it to your doctor's attention. Also make an appointment with your doctor if you also have other symptoms that could be related, such as weight loss.
Whether or not you seek medi...
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