A blood test measures the concentration of urea-ammonia (BUN) in the blood.
Urea ammonia is a byproduct of protein breakdown when your kidney breaks down protein for energy. It is carried in the blood, filtered by the kidneys, and eliminated from the body in the urine. The concentration of BUN can be high or low depending on several factors. There are various methods used to monitor your BUN levels.
Urinary biopsy – urinary biopsy, also known as a kidney biopsy, is done after the patient has been diagnosed with Bacterial Vaginosis (BV). Your physician will take samples from the urinary tract and the urethra for laboratory testing. These samples are then sent to the lab for testing. When the results come back, your doctor will determine if your infection is Bacterial Vaginosis or another disorder. Once diagnosed, treatment may include antibiotics or other medication.
The samples of urine taken during a biopsy will reveal if there is an infection in the urinary tract or not. Your doctor will conduct additional tests to determine whether the bacteria causing the infection are present or not. Once the condition is known, your doctor can determine how to treat it.
Blood test – The blood test used for Bacterial Vaginosis is called the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).
This test detects antibodies to bacteria that have been detected in the urine sample. An antibody is an antigen-binding molecule. The test detects whether a specific antibody has already been identified by a previous test.
Once your doctor detects the specific enzyme, he will be able to isolate the protein fragment. The portion of the protein that was not detected can be tested for proteinase K. This helps identify the cause of BV. Once the cause is identified, the proteinase K can be introduced into the body through the skin. This is why your doctor uses the test of antibody to diagnose Bacterial Vaginosis.
If you have a urinary tract infection, your doctor may prescribe a medication to help get rid of the infection. In most cases, antibiotics are used. However, some doctors may recommend that you use topical creams or ointments that are applied to the affected area to reduce the inflammation and eliminate bacteria that causes the infection. Surgery may be recommended if the infection does not respond well to these conventional treatments.
Pregnancy is not the only cause of BV.
Infection during pregnancy is very common and occurs mostly in women who are experiencing symptoms of menopause.
To prevent having a Bun during pregnancy, avoid douching and direct contact with an infected area. Wear comfortable underwear, wash under garments and wash your hands frequently to prevent spreading bacteria.
To strengthen your immune system, try to maintain a good weight and stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water to flush toxins out of the body, eat foods high in antioxidants such as berries and lemons, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and eat natural food supplements.
If you have a pelvic inflammatory disease such as Bun, it is important to consult your doctor or gynecologist right away. Your doctor can advise you on treatment options.
Pregnant women should avoid douching. It can make a pregnancy harder to diagnose and treat. Other symptoms of Bun can include severe abdominal pain, cramping, fainting, vomiting and dizziness.
Douching may worsen the condition. Always use fresh, clean water and always douche in a new container. If you have a vaginal yeast infection, douching may worsen the problem and make it harder to treat.
Women who do not have symptoms but are concerned about BV should ask their doctor or gynecologist about ways to treat themselves. It may not be necessary to have surgery if they have no symptoms or if they have been taking over the counter medications for BV.
There are many natural remedies for BV. There is no need to wait for symptoms to appear. For those who suspect that they have BV, be aware that BV is treatable.