Vaginal Infections

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Vaginal Infections

Vaginal infections refer to the conditions that cause an inflammation of the vagina. The bacteria found in the vagina keep it healthy. Healthy vaginal bacteria regulate the vagina’s pH and keep it at a healthy level, around 4.5. It outnumbers bad bacteria that invade the vagina and produces a lubricant that prevents unsolicited bacteria from thriving in the vaginal wall. Healthy vaginal bacteria also produce natural antibiotics to kill bad bacteria. Bacterial infections occur when the balance of bacteria that exists in the vagina is disrupted. Vaginal infections can cause discomfort and unpleasant symptoms. If you notice anything abnormal, see your doctor as soon as possible. The main types of vaginal infection are bacterial vaginosis, thrush, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis (STIs) and vaginitis.

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Types of Vaginal Infections

  • Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) - Bacterial vaginosis is a condition wherein the vagina’s natural pH becomes disrupted. Most of the time, the only symptom of BV is a change in vaginal discharge. This condition doesn’t usually cause irritation or itching. BV discharge has a strong fishy smell and is grayish or white. The smell is stronger after engaging in sexual intercourse.
  • Thrush - Thrush is a fungal infection that causes a white and thick or watery and thin discharge, pain and intense itchiness around the vagina. The discharge doesn’t have a strong odor, but it may smell yeasty.
  • Chlamydia, Syphilis, and Gonorrhea - These are sexually transmitted diseases with different symptoms. In some cases, you may not show any symptoms even though you have the infection. Symptoms of chlamydia include painful periods, abnormal discharge that may have a strong odor and burning or itching around or in the vagina. Gonorrhea typically causes pain in the genital tract. The first noticeable symptom of syphilis is a small sore that is painless. About two to ten weeks after it appears, you may develop sores in the vagina, anus or mouth, inflamed glands, skin rash that causes reddish-brown sores, weight loss, fever, headache, fatigue, hair loss, and muscle aches.
  • Vaginitis - It pertains to any swelling, inflammation or soreness of the vagina. Symptoms include irritation, bleeding mid-cycle, abnormal discharge, dyspareunia, and itching. Bacterial vaginitis can be caused by chemical irritation from spermicides, douching or soaps, thrush or BV.

Treatment for Vaginal Infections

Treatment for vaginal infections depends on its cause. Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. Fungal infections are treated with antifungal tablets and creams. You can also maintain your vaginal health by using pads instead of tampons. Don’t use powders, sprays, deodorants, and other feminine hygiene products.

Wear loose-fitting cotton underwear. Keep your genital area dry and clean. Use unscented soap to clean the genital area. Take a warm bath and dry yourself properly. Avoid spraying water inside the vagina or douching as it removes the healthy bacteria in the vagina.

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When to Visit a Doctor

Call your doctor when your discharge has a noticeable odor or changes color, you notice soreness, swelling, itching or burning outside of or around your vagina. You feel a burning sensation when you pee or you feel uncomfortable during sex.

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