Just like your gut, your vagina is home to all sorts of bacteria, says Dr. Streicher. The "good" kind, called lactobacilli, help keep vaginal pH between and . But if the vagina's pH is disrupted—say, from semen or menstrual blood—it may become less hospitable to lactobacilli and more welcoming to bad bacteria. The overgrowth often comes with a fishy odor as well as vaginal discharge and irritation. For women who notice a slight smell after sex or their period, using a pH balancing gel, like RepHresh, can make the vagina more acidic and help lactobacilli get the upper hand again. That said, if the bacterial imbalance turns into full-on BV (think: painful urination, itching, more discharge and odor), see your doc for an evaluation and treatment (possibly antibiotics).
2 years and older:
Cream/ointment: Apply a thin layer to the affected area once a day
12 years and older:
Lotion: Apply a thin layer to the affected area once a day
-Safety and efficacy in pediatric patients for more than 3 weeks of use have not been established.
-This topical drug should not be applied in the diaper area if the child still requires diapers or plastic pants.
-Therapy should be discontinued when control is obtained.
-If no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, reassessment of diagnosis may be needed.
Use: Relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses