Boric Acid for Treatment-Resistant Vaginal Infections
Written by Kathy Lynch, PharmD – Women’s International Pharmacy
Boric acid is a mild antiseptic with anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Vaginal infections may be difficult to resolve if resistance to standard drugs develops. A clinical review of 14 studies found boric acid to be a safe and effective treatment for vaginal infections caused by resistant yeast. A smaller study of 58 women found that boric acid may provide additional benefit to treatment regimens for resistant bacterial infection.
Ask your compounder about boric acid suppositories or vaginal capsules for vaginal yeast and bacterial infections. Note that this preparation should NEVER be taken by mouth.
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