AN INTRODUCTION TO VAGINITIS:
Vaginitis or Vulvovaginitis may be described as inflammation of the vagina due to varied factors. Inflammation of the vagina eventually results in pain and an itching sensation associated with vulva irritation. Certain sexually transmitted infections and different types of chemicals that are found in perfumes, bubble baths and soap can cause this vaginal infection. Trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis and vaginal candidiasis are the three main types of Vulvovaginitis infections.
CERTAIN SYMPTOMS OF VAGINITIS:
Women suffering from Vaginitis will always pass some sticky fluid – like discharge and also experience a severe burning or an itching sensation. There are some very obvious symptoms that will help you understand whether you are suffering from Vulvovaginitis or not.
- Severe irritation
- Vaginal discharge
- An itching sensation
- A very foul vaginal odor
- Irritation or pain experienced during sexual intercourse
- Inflammation caused by redness and swelling due to extra immune cells, of the labia minora, perineal area or labia majora
NUMEROUS CAUSES OF VAGINITIS:
- Diabetes – related Vulvovaginitis: it is more common for women suffering from diabetes to develop a vaginal infection as compared to women who are not diabetic.
- Irritant Vaginitis: this type of itchiness is related to allergies and severe irritation caused due to condoms, douches, lubricants, topical medications, hot tubs, semen and tampons.
- Foreign body – related Vulvovaginitis: extremely malodorous vaginal discharge occurs due to severe irritation caused by retained foreign bodies, such as tampons and condoms. Treating this infection requires that your healthcare professional remove these external bodies using ring forceps.
- Hormonal Vaginitis: postpartum or postmenopausal women generally suffer from atrophic Vaginitis. In very rare cases girls (before reaching puberty) will also develop this type of Vaginitis. The cause for such phenomenons arise is because the support of estrogen within the vagina is not strong enough.
- Vulvovaginitis is caused via varied infections: candidiasis, Mycoplasma, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, bacterial, herpes and campylobacter. Pre – pubescent girls also develop Vaginitis – related infections, such as bacterial vaginosis. Lack of hygiene is the root – cause for the development of this infection.
DIFFERENT TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR VAGINITIS:
- Tinidazole or Metronidazole is used to treat Trichomoniasis.
- Antihistamines are used to effectively treat varied allergic reactions.
- Cortisone is found within certain creams that effectively treat this irritation.
- Treatment for different types of Vaginitis include oral or topical antibiotics or antifungal and antibacterial creams.
- Metronidazole (in gel and pill form) and Clindamycin (in pill and cream form) may be administered to effectively treat bacterial Vaginosis.
- Postmenopausal complications, such as very low estrogen levels (eventually leading to inflammation and irritation) are treated by applying effective topical estrogen creams.
- Effective and prescribed anti – fungal medications should be prescribed to get rid of pesky yeast Infections. These types of anti – fungal medications are available in ‘over the counter’ form.
- Vaginitis is an infection of the vagina that a woman develops easily, but with the right treatment it can be cured too!
- It is possible to treat Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) properly if the right methods and proper precautions are taken.
- Leukorrhea is quite persistent and bothersome, but do not fret, there are ready and effective cures available!
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