Burning, itching, and an unpleasant odor are just some of the common symptoms of vaginal infections. But treatments vary by condition, so it’s important to know which type of vaginal infection you have. Vaginal infections, or vaginitis, are very common — so much so that most women will experience some form of vaginal infection or inflammation during their lifetime.
The gynecologist, vaginitis is a vaginal discharge with or without itching and burning, with or without an odor. Some women seem to be more prone to vaginal infections than others for reasons that are not entirely obvious.
What Upsets the Normal Vaginal Balance?
A healthy vagina has many bacteria and yeast. However, some things can disturb that healthy balance. These include:
The Most Common Types of Vaginal Infections
There are three very common types of vaginal infections.
- Yeast infections.The most common type of vaginitis, a yeast infection is caused by one of the many species of fungus known as Candida. Candida lives naturally in your body in small numbers, including in the vagina, and usually don’t cause any harm.However, Candida thrives in a warm, moist, airless environment and, under those conditions, can grow in number, causing a vaginal infection.
Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection include a thick, white discharge the some women describe as resembling cottage cheese. Yeast infections also can cause vaginal itching and redness of the vulva (the lips of the external female genital area) and vagina.
2. Bacterial vaginosis.Along with yeast, “friendly” bacteria called lactobacilli live in the vagina. When the number of lactobacilli gets too low, it can trigger a condition called bacterial vaginosis (BV).
With bacterial vaginosis, a woman may see a thick or whitish discharge or one that is slippery and clear. It is not likely to itch or burn. A fishy odor may be noticeable, especially during intercourse.
3.Trichomonas.“Of the three most common vaginal infections,trichomonas vaginitis is the only one that is a true sexually transmitted infection,” Krause says. Commonly called “trich,” it is caused by a single-celled parasite, trichomonas vaginalis, and is passed from partner to partner during intercourse.
The symptoms of trichomonas vaginitis are similar to other vaginal infections: burning, irritation, redness, and swelling of the vulva, with a yellow-gray or greenish vaginal discharge, possibly with a fishy odor. Some women also experience pain during urination.
Other Vaginal Infections and Conditions
Other common vaginal infections and causes of vaginal itching include:
- Chlamydia vaginitis. Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause inflammation of the vagina. Some women will have a discharge with chlamydia and some will not. A more common symptom is bleeding, especially after intercourse. “Sexually active women up to age 26 should be tested annually for chlamydia because it so often comes without symptoms and can linger and do a fair amount of damage to fertility,” Moore says.
- Noninfectious vaginitis.Noninfectious vaginitis is when the skin around the vagina becomes sensitive to an irritant such as scented tampons, perfumed soaps, or fabric softeners. This is not an infection, and the solution is simple: “Not to be exposed to whatever you are having a reaction to,” Moore says.
- This is a condition in which women have chronic pain or discomfort of the vulva without a known cause. The symptoms are similar to vaginal infections: burning, stinging, rawness, soreness, and swelling. Symptoms may be constant or occasional.
- Viral vaginosis.Viruses also can cause vaginal infections. Most viruses are spread through sexual contact. “The herpes simplex virus is a common cause of viral vaginosis,” Moore says. Symptoms include pain in the genital area from lesions or sores. Most of the time, you can see the sores on the vulva or vagina, but they can also be hidden and seen only during an examination by your gynecologist.
Prevention and treatment of bacterial infection can be done through Ayurveda, It is the safest way to get rid of its symptoms like vaginal discharge with fishy odor because herbal remedies are proven to be very successful without causing any side effect.which works on total lifestyle modification through change your eating, sleeping and excising pattern and they are as follows:
- Garlic is an effective natural anti bacterial. Patient is advised to eat couple of garlic cloves daily.
- Add half teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drink daily.
- Yogurt is most common and useful home remedy for bacterial vaginosis. Eat a bowl of yogurt every day until infection disappears. Patient is advised to soak cotton plugs in yogurt and keep in to the vagina or apply it over the inflamed area. Lactobacilli content in yogurt helps in treating urogenital infections whether ingested or applied topically.
- Soak a clean cloth in cold water and place over the outer area that gives relief from burning sensation.
- Drink plenty of water, fruit juices like cranberry juice to remove toxins out from the body.
- Avoid high saturated fat diet, sweet items, white bread, junk food etc which may irritate the vaginal ph and increase the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis. Diet with broccoli, cabbage, spinach, kiwi, carrot, turnip, etc is highly recommended.
- Maintain hygiene. Wear cotton’s undergarments, change daily and wash with antibacterial soaps, Use good qualities sanitary pads, wash the external part properly after intercourse, don’t use bath tubs or else clean those regularly to avoid the infection.
There are certain herbs which prevent and cure genital infections:
- Ashok, dhania & udumber regulate menstruation and ovulation.
- Lodha improves ovarian process.
- Shatavari being anti-oxidant improves energy, manages ovulation and make a female body strong to fight daily wear & tear.
- Jaiphal, Nirgundi & Sugandhbala improves reproductive health and addresses vaginitis.
- Daruhaldi is an anti-septic.
- Ashwagandha is full of anti-oxidant and minerals to help make a female body strong.
- PrawalPishti is full of calcium, zinc and magnesium.
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