Vaginal Infections – What Makes your Vagina so Different

October 29, 2009 by admin 

There are several types of vaginal infections that affect women. If after you notice any abnormal function or sighting in or around the vagina then it is vitally important that you have your doctor examine you so the problem can be determined. Regardless of the type of vaginal infection present it will need treating. Are you the woman that shies away from addressing a health concern of this matter through embarrassment, if so, then you have to get a grip of yourself for fear your problem may need immediate medical attention. What you have to bear in mind is, your doctor or gynaecologist examine women’s vaginas every hour of the day, so save your blushes because “Once you have seen one you have seen them all” – so why would yours be any different.

Itchiness, soreness and a difference in your vaginal discharge can be signs of infection. An abnormal discharge is normally described as a thick white curd texture, it can be green and smell, if specks of blood are visible then this can suggest a possible infection. Because we have several types of vaginal infections then this means there are several different causes. Thrush, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea are the most common causes of vaginal infection. Genital Herpes and Genital Warts are also other types of infection that will need treatment.

What is Candida albicans, well it is normally known as being a harmless fungus associated with women – where it grows on or in their bodies. However, when it grows excessively, it causes thrush (vaginal candidiasis). Discomfort from this is usually irritation and soreness of the vulva. Some women may notice a change in their vaginal discharge but not in all cases of thrush patients. Infections need to be treated with medication. Most infections relating to the vagina if left untreated can only add to your problem (worsen). Symptoms (irritation soreness) can spread to the buttocks. Vaginal infections can cause severe discomfort when passing urine and can make intercourse painful. It is not healthy to engage in coupling if you have an infection in case of passing the infection on.

Different types of medication are sold over the chemist counter to treat most thrush infections, however you have to be very careful because what you believe may be thrush may well not be, therefore having you treat a condition with the wrong remedy which can be very dangerous indeed.

Most thrush infections respond to one of the antifungal treatments such as clotrimazole cream or pessaries (e.g. Canesten), or fluconazole (Diflucan) tablets. Some women have even admitted to applying plain yoghurt to the infected area for relief. If you find the infection is still present after you initiated your own personal curing process then go and see your doctor. Antifungal drugs or a longer course of fluconazole tablets may be prescribed.

To help prevent thrush occurring wear cotton pants, change underwear regular. Avoid harsh soaps, bubble baths and deodorants. Poor hygiene can cause vaginal odours; smells from the vagina can be repulsive if caused by an infection. Bacterial Vaginosis is more associated with the strong fishy smell. Vaginal douches are not recommended to treat or prevent vaginal infections because they disturb the natural, and protective, acidity of the vagina. Suffering in silence is not the cure.

Any health matter that gives you reason for concern should also be the concern of your doctor.


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