Did you know we have more bacteria living on and within our bodies than we have cells? While most of us think of bacterial infections as bad, that's not always the case. In fact, most bacteria have a symbiotic relationship with our bodies -- we both benefit. A bacteria that lives in your stomach may even prevent a person from developing asthma.
Your stomach has acids in it to help your body digest foods. A bacteria called Helicobacter Pilori, or H. Pylori, is able to flourish in such an environment. Studies show that about 50 percent of humans are infected with this bacteria. A theory devised is that a healthy level of H. Pylori may prevent asthma, and that a lack of H. Pylori may cause asthma.
This theory was first postulated when scientists observed asthma rates going up at the same time levels of H. Pylori in the gut were diminishing. A study of animals seemed to confirm this theory, according to a report i...
Alternative Names Yeast infection - vagina; Vaginal candidiasis; Monilial vaginitis Prevention Avoid persistent and excessive moisture in the genital area by wearing underwear or pantyhose with cotton crotches, and loose-fitting slacks. Avoid wearing wet bathing suits or exercise clothing for long periods of time, and wash them after each use. References Nviriesy P. Vulvovaginal candidiasis and bacterial vaginosis. Infect Dis Clin North Am , 2008;22:637-652. Eckert LO, Lentz GM. Infections of the lower genital tract: vulva, vagina, cervix, toxic shock syndrome, HIV infections. In: Katz VL, Lentz GM, Lobo RA, Gershenson DM, eds. Comprehensive Gynecology . 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 22.
Alternative Names Wet prep Normal Values A normal test result means there are no signs of an infection. What abnormal results mean Abnormal results mean there is an infection. The most common infections are due to one or a combination of the following: Bacterial vaginosis -- bacteria that normally live in the vagina overgrow, causing a heavy, white, fishy-smelling discharge and possibly a rash, painful intercourse, or odor after intercourse Trichomoniasis -- a sexually transmitted disease Vaginal yeast infection Additional conditions under which the test may be performed: Atrophic vaginitis (associated with lack of estrogen)
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