What is Zidoval Gel?
Zidoval gel is an antibiotic treatment for bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV is a very common bacterial infection that occurs when there’s a change in the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina.
It affects one in three women globally.
It can cause unpleasant symptoms like unusual vaginal discharge that’s grey or white in colour, has a ‘fishy’ odour, ‘watery’ in texture and sometimes a burning sensation when you pee. It contains the active ingredient, metronidazole, which kills the bacteria that cause the BV infection and helps prevent symptoms. Zidoval Gel is applied internally to the vagina once a day (preferably at night before bed) for five days. Although it’s not a sexually transmitted infection (STI), BV can still be triggered by sex, and it’s been linked to an increased risk of getting other STIs like chlamydia.
How does Zidoval Gel work?
Zidoval Gel contains an antibacterial medicine called metronidazole. Metronidazole is used for various infections, such as skin infections like rosacea, or mouth infections such as abscesses or gum infections. The pH balance inside the vagina is very delicate and can be disturbed by something as simple as sex, having an IUD fitted or using a new product that has perfumes in it. Bacteria can quickly grow, reproduce and multiply in an environment like the vagina, where it’s warm and moist. Metronidazole stops the growth of this bacteria by interfering with its DNA and preventing it from producing more proteins – which it needs to multiply. This then causes the bacteria to weaken and the infection to clear up. When applied topically to the vagina internally, it targets the site of the infection and kills the bacteria locally. It may also help to prevent BV from coming back.
How long does Zidoval Gel take to work?
Zidoval Gel is to be used for five days straight. But the infection, including symptoms, can clear up within a few days to a week, depending on how severe the BV is. Recurring BV is common, though. 60% of women who have had BV typically experience it again within 12 months.
That’s why it’s best to complete the treatment as advised to make sure it’s completely gone and reduce the chance of it coming back.
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