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Dr. Kevin Fleishman
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Vaginitis (Overview)

An inflammation of the vagina that can result in discharge, itching, and pain. The cause is usually a change in the normal balance of vaginal bacteria or an infection. Reduced estrogen levels after menopause and some skin disorders can also cause vaginitis.


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What are the main symptoms of vaginitis?

What are the main symptoms of vaginitis?

Discharge/irritation: A vaginitis (vaginal inflammation) can, most commonly, be caused by bacteria, yeast or an organism called trichomonas. The most common symptoms are itching, burning and/or irritation, with or without a discharge and/or an odor that is unpleasent or abnormal for the patient. Post menopausal patients may develop an atrophic vaginitis from a lack of estrogen. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Fleishman
608 doctors shared insights

Vaginitis (Overview)

An inflammation of the vagina that can result in discharge, itching, and pain. The cause is usually a change in the normal balance of vaginal bacteria or an infection. Reduced estrogen levels after menopause and some skin disorders can also cause vaginitis.


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Question that has a little tmi? How do they test for vaginitis?

Question that has a little tmi? How do they test for vaginitis?

Vaginitis: Vaginitis means irritation of the vagina. This can be from injury, from yeast overgrowth, from an imbalance in the types of bacteria growing there, and from hormonal imbalances (typically hormonal deficiencies). A history and physical exam, and maybe a lab test by blood, urine, or a slide of a vaginal swab might be used to tell you exactly what is going on. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Hulse Dr. Hulse
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Vaginitis (Tip)

Douching can increase your risk of vaginitis. ...See more

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Treating Vaginitis (Checklist)

Use condoms
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Cut down on sugary foods
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Exercise daily
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Dr. Michael Hulse Dr. Hulse
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Vaginitis (Tip)

Ask your doctor about vaginitis symptoms before you have tried treating on your own. ...See more

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Maintaining Vaginal Health (Checklist)

Wear clean, dry, breathable underwear
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Shower daily
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Do not wear a wet bathing suit after swimming for an extended period
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Maintain good nutrition to ensure good pH balance
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Does vaginitis usually cause many symptoms?

Does vaginitis usually cause many symptoms?

Vaginal infections: There are many causes of vaginitis, not all of which are really infections. Some cause itching, heavy discharge, foul odor. Sometimes there are no symptoms at all. Vaginal itching is usually associated with yeast, accompanied by thick white discharge. Trichamonas causes itching and odor. Discharge and odor with no real itching is usually bacterial vaginosis, not treated, but managed. ...Read more

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SOS. Doc says I have vaginitis. The only symptom I have is feeling sore?

SOS. Doc says I have vaginitis. The only symptom I have is feeling sore?

Vaginitis: If a doctor diagnosed this he should have treated you. If he did not call and get treatment. If this was based on Healthtap answer you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Vaginitis (Tip)

When dealing with vaginitis or any vaginal discharge, douching may make it worse. Do not douche! ...See more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
Daily
Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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Do symptoms like vaginitis go away quickly?

Yes AND no: Often times vaginitis can be cleared quickly. However, the time limiting factor is determining what is causing the inflammation. Once you know what the problem is, then you can get it fixed quickly. If the problem is more obscure, then it usually takes longer to figure it out and therefore, longer to get it cleared. ...Read more

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Is pelvic fullness and vaginal pain a sign of vaginitis?

Is pelvic fullness and vaginal pain a sign of vaginitis?

Possibly: Vaginal itching or odor is more common, but std's or fallopian tube infections can give you the symptoms that are described. ...Read more

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Vaginitis (Tip)

Most doctors recommend that you do not treat vaginal symptoms yourself. ...See more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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What should I tell my doctor to help diagnose what kind of vaginitis I have?

Characteristics: Let him/her know about onset, timing, symptoms like itching, burning, other medications you have taken recently (antibiotics), odor, color, amount. All that will help. ...Read more

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Question that has a little tmi? How do they test for vaginitis?

Vaginitis: Vaginitis means irritation of the vagina. This can be from injury, from yeast overgrowth, from an imbalance in the types of bacteria growing there, and from hormonal imbalances (typically hormonal deficiencies). A history and physical exam, and maybe a lab test by blood, urine, or a slide of a vaginal swab might be used to tell you exactly what is going on. ...Read more

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Vaginitis (Tip)

Don't douche. It can wash the infection up into the uterus and increases the risk of tubal pregnancy. ...See more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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What are the tests for trichomonas vaginitis?

What are the tests for trichomonas vaginitis?

Microscope exam: Your doctor will take a sample of vaginal fluid with a swab and look at it under the microscope. The trichomonas organisms are visible under magnification. ...Read more

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Vaginitis developed on spring break after party last night (really need help asap so my folks won't know)?

Vaginitis developed on spring break after party last night (really need help asap so my folks won't know)?

It depends: If you were sexually active, then you probably need to see your doctor. If it is not from that but just a wet bathing suit and busy week etc., then an otc medication might be helpful. ...Read more

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Vaginitis (Tip)

Neutrogena glycerine face soap is the best soap for the vulva to avoid irritation. ...See more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Vaginitis (Tip)

Douching increases the risk of vaginal infections. Just bathing is adequate for hygiene. ...See more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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What is a vaginitis? What causes it? Is it deadly? Painful? Treatable? How is it treated? How do you control the oder/smell?

What is a vaginitis? What causes it? Is it deadly? Painful? Treatable? How is it treated? How do you control the oder/smell?

Answers below: Vaginitis is usually caused by bacteria or fungus. The woman's body can allow these infections to occur and the symptoms include discharge, irritation, itching, pain, odor. If you get a diagnosis and treatment the infections resolve quite quickly. They can be transmitted by sex so get your partner treated too. See your gyn or pcp and do not worry. ...Read more

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What should I do treat vaginitis?

See a doc: Treatment of vaginitis requires medical diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Timothy Brown
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Vaginal Infections (Definition)

Vaginal infections is a term for any infection affecting the vagina and can be caused by yeast or bacteria, and may be sexually transmitted. They may result in pain, ...Read more