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Vaginitis

 

Vaginitis refers to vaginal infections or inflammation.

Causes

  • Bacteria
  • Yeast
  • Viruses
  • Allergies
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

Symptoms

  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Discharge
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Foul odor
  • Burning sensation
  • Painful urination
  • Painful sexual intercourse

Treatment
Treatment depends on the cause and may include:

  • Oral or topical antibiotics
  • Antifungal creams or suppositories
  • Cortisone creams
  • Estrogen creams
  • Antihistamines

Prevention

  • Maintain appropriate personal hygiene
  • Wear cotton underwear
  • Change sanitary pads or tampons at appropriate intervals
  • Clean from front to back after visiting the toilet
  • Avoid strong soaps