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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
606 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

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Vaginitis (Tip)

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

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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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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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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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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

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