What are clue cells?

Clue cells are cells from the lining of the vagina that are coated in bacteria. They may be found in a woman's vaginal fluid or discharge. They're called clue cells because the presence of bacteria on them can help doctors diagnose a vaginal infection, such as bacterial vaginosis. Clue cells are usually taken from the vagina using a swab. They are then viewed on a slide, under a microscope.

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Bacterial Infections

Bacterial Infections

Bacterial infections like typhoid, strep throat and some sexually transmitted diseases are infections caused by different types of bacteria. These infections are often treated with doctor-prescribed antibiotics. Either viruses or ...

bacteria can cause infections, so it’s important to get examined by a doctor to make sure you’re prescribed the correct medication.

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