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BV and yeast infections may have similar symptoms but require different treatments

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What's the difference between bacterial vaginosis and a yeast infection? I've had painful itching for two weeks but have not been to see a doctor yet. Are over-the-counter medications effective in treating both? ANSWER: Bacterial vaginosis, or BV, and vaginal yeast infections may have some symptoms that seem similar, but they have different causes and require different treatment. Over-the-counter remedies are available for a yeast infection. BV typically requires prescription medication. See your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. Then he or she can help you decide on the best treatment. BV and yeast infections both fall under the broad category of vaginal...

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