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Dr. Kevin Fleishman
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Vaginitis (Overview)

The suffix "itis" means inflammation. The "vagin" portion refers to the vagina, so it is inflammation of the vagina. Usually (almost always) this inflammation is due to infection, and there are several different causes for infections of this area of the body.


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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
590 doctors shared insights

Vaginitis (Overview)

The suffix "itis" means inflammation. The "vagin" portion refers to the vagina, so it is inflammation of the vagina. Usually (almost always) this inflammation is due to infection, and there are several different causes for infections of this area of the body.


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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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Treating Vaginitis (Tip)

Treating Vaginitis

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

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Treating Vaginitis (Checklist)

Use condoms
Once
Cut down on sugary foods
Once
Exercise daily
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Treating Vaginitis (Tip)

Treating Vaginitis

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

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Maintaining Vaginal Health (Checklist)

Wear clean, dry, breathable underwear
Once
Shower daily
daily
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?

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

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