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My sinuses are plugged up all to hell, and a few days ago my snot turned green so I finally went in and got a script for amoxicillin. But shortly after I took the first dose (and obviously after the Dr. visit), I noticed that my vaginal fluid was very slightly green-tinged too.

Obviously, this couldn't be a side effect of amoxicillin, and I'm not sexually active, so if I have a separate infection it's not from that. But my question is, if the amoxicillin clears the color up (which I expect it will), do I need to go in and have my vagina looked at anyways? I'm not due for a pap until October, and my last one was clean.

My instinct says it's not a big deal, and it's probably just part of the infection that's making my nose crazy, but I know that you can have some pretty nasty things that don't seem like a big deal at the time. So, expert advice please? (And thank you in advance.)

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If it doesn't clear up in a few days, or if your symptoms get worse or you get any new symptoms (itching, cottage-cheese like discharge, pain, etc.), then get to the doctor.

Sometimes antibiotics can actally cause you to develop a yeast infection. However, since you only noticed this after your first dose, it's highly unlikely that that would be the cause. It's probably more likely that the discharge issue is related to the infection that's already in your body. Give the antibiotics a few days to work and if you don't notice a change, give your doctor's office a call and tell them about the problem. It may be something that they can deal with over the phone rather than you having another appointment.

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It would actually be a good idea to go back to the doctor and get this checked out. Yeah, the amoxicillin may clear it up, but unless you know what's going on exactly, there's no guarantee of that. (And vaginal infections aren't generally something you want to leave alone and see if they go away on their own.)

(Darn, not quite fast enough!)

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Karybu, the thing is, it doesn't feel like it's a vagina-specific infection. I think it's just gotten into my whole body, and it's coming out of whatever mucous membranes are available. And you were still much faster than I expected! Thanks for that.

Kitten, I will definately go back if it hurts or itches. Can green discharge actually be a sign of a yeast infection? I've had yeast infections before, but never with a green discharge. But yes, because of the antibiotics, I am on the lookout for any aspirations of bakeryhood my reproductive organs may have. (And kudos for first response. I really didn't think I'd have replies for another couple hours!)

Since there doesn't seem to be any specific, horrible, life-threatening disease I could have been exposed to that would cause greenish discharge, I think I'll give the amoxicillin a few days like you suggested. Do you think four days would be enough time? (that's eight doses)

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Generally, if a medication is going to work, you're going to notice a difference in 48-72 hours.

If you do not notice a difference, never fear; there are many many different antibiotics to try.

Green discharge is not usually noticed with yeast infections; discharge is usually white and cottage cheese-like. Yeast infections also tend to come with itching and/or burning.

I think giving the amoxicillin the 48-72hrs to work is important. If you don't notice any change, or the green discharge increases or you get any new symptoms (as Kitten noted), get back to the doctor.

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Thanks for the timeframe, Smurf! And also for clearing up the yeast infection confusion. Those symptoms sound more in line with my previous yeast infections.
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