Vaginal Infection Treatment
Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina. It is often caused by vaginal infections that create discharge, odor, irritation, or itching. It is difficult to diagnose because vaginitis has many causes. Women can use a variety of over-the-counter medications to treat the itching, discharge, and discomfort of these conditions.
Some vaginal infections are transmitted through sexual contact. But many other infections (like yeast infections) are not necessarily caused by sexual contact. Vaginitis means inflammation and can often be caused by infections. Vaginitis can also be due to hormonal changes (especially when a woman is going through menopause) or trauma in young girls. Some infections are associated with more serious diseases.
Three types of vaginal infections are the most common. Their causes are quite different, but their signs and symptoms are similar. Treatments of the three conditions vary.
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Vaginal yeast infection
Many women wrongly think they have a yeast infection, and they decide to treat themselves. But these women might actually have a similar vaginal infection that will not respond to self-treatment and over-the-counter yeast medications. A study by the American Sexual Health Association reported that 62 percent of women mistake bacterial vaginosis for a yeast infection prior to diagnosis. The important thing is to recognize the symptoms if you develop a vaginal infection, and then see your healthcare provider for precise testing. This will ensure you get the most appropriate and effective treatment right away.