Vaginal Swab

A vaginal swab is done to collect samples of vaginal discharge. It is usually done to diagnose conditions like vaginal candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomonas vaginalis.

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What is the yellow vaginal discharge after giving birth?

Query: Hello doctor, I gave birth to my son three months back. Shortly after the bleeding stopped I had a discharge coming out it had a tinge of yellow to it. A few weeks after that it stopped. It has recently started again. What could it be and should I be worried? It causes some cramping.   Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As now you are experiencing cramps it is better to send this swab for an investigation to a laboratory in form of a high vaginal swab. Collect the reports and discuss here or local gynecologist. Have strict local hygiene. Use condoms for sex to avoid transmission. So...  Read Full »

I have IUD and felt a lump while checking the string .should I worry?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an intrauterine device. I was checking for the strings, and I felt a lump. Not sure if it is normal or not. I got my period today. I had my last period over three months.  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is better to have one local examination by Gynecology specialist but better after periods. If vaginal irritation continues, then it is better to have a high vaginal swab, lump examination (may need biopsy or swab), cx (cervical smear)smear; You may have vaginal or...  Read Full »

Why am I having frequent yellow-green vaginal discharge?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from yellowish green vagina discharge. I have been to several doctors and they have done urine tests, vaginal swab. But nothing helped and have been given medication for a bacterial infection, yeast infection. The symptoms just keep coming back. I will attach a p...  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your urinalysis and vaginal swab tests were normal or not? You have received medications for bacterial infection but it keeps coming back. One thing that I want to tell you is that in normal females few have high vaginal secretions. It is sometimes by genetics or otherw...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have vaginal pain while urinating along with stomach and back pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain in the inside of my vagina when I pee and lower back and stomach pain that comes and goes. Is this normal?  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It could be sexually transmitted infection or pelvic infection. Have high vaginal swab urinalysis, urine culture. Strict hygiene. Soft comfortable undergarments. Use condoms to avoid sexually transmitted infection. Avoid cosmetics locally, just use a soft razor for hair...  Read Full »

My urethra and labia got suddenly sore and itchy with yellow-green discharge. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My urethra and labia were suddenly sore and itchy. Now it has a yellow-green discharge from the urethra. What medication should I use?  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It could be a pelvic infection, sexually transmitted infection with or without urine infection. Have urinalysis, urine culture, high vaginal swab, strict hygiene. Soft comfortable undergarments. Sitz bath to relieve irritation (sit in warm water recurrently). Drink plen...  Read Full »

Spotted some tiny lifted and pointed white thing near my vaginal opening. Should I worry about it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old and a virgin. My opening of the vagina is completely white with some tiny lifted or pointy spots around it. I am noticing it for the past couple of years. I do not have any other problem like itching, bleeding or smell. So I have never consulted a doctor for this proble...  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please send a picture of it. As you are still virgin, you can have an intact hymen (small skin tag at the entrance of the vagina). White dry appearance occurs due to candidiasis with vaginal secretions. It gives you the presentation as you explained. Check your hemoglob...  Read Full »

Why is there a skin tag connecting via side of my vulva skin?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 22 years old and I have two children. No health issues. Around four months ago, I had sharp stabbing pains in my pelvic area, foul odor discharge, irregular bleeding, yellow or brown vaginal discharge. I am in my second year of being on the contraception implant Nexplanon. Due to m...  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do you have any other medical health issue or have been on medications? It is better to have a complete check and treatment if any health issue you have. Regarding discharge, it should be checked in the laboratory by sending a high vaginal swab to check which organism i...  Read Full »

What causes recurrent candidiasis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have recurrent candidiasis. It appears every month. I have used all the medicines. Kindly assist me.  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Confirm it whether it is candidiasis. When have you done your last vaginal swab? Do you have your two swabs reporting the same infection? (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Normal vaginal secretions increase during excitement, at ovulation, before menstru...  Read Full »

I am HPV positive and got treated for CIN. Am I prone to VIN?

Query: Hi doctor, Before a week, I had symptoms of itching in the vulva area. Later, two sores or ulcers appeared. One on the clitoral hood and another one on the right labia minora. It burns when I urinate. I am HPV positive, and I recently got treatment for CIN before three months. I have attached the p...  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is better to have full investigations as you already have a history of HPV (human papillomavirus) and treated for CIN (cervical intraepithelial neoplasia). When did you have your las...  Read Full »

Is there any medicine for treating yeast infection?

Query: Hello doctor, How can I treat a yeast infection? Is there over-the-counter medicine for that?  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Try to have a full treatment for any health issue that is reducing your immunity and causing you recurrent yeast infection like diabetes, immunocompromised diseases like AIDS, etc. Try to have a high vaginal swab to confirm that recurrently you are getting an infect...  Read Full »

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