January, 2014

FAQ: What to Know About Vaginitis

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Vaginitis is an unpleasant condition that impacts millions of women. While the condition is common, patients always have questions about it. Let's take a closer look at some of these questions:

  1. What is vaginitis? Vaginitis is the inflammation of the vagina. This condition can be caused by a number of factors, including infection caused by a build-up of bacteria in the vaginal area. This can be caused by a virus, as well as by wearing clothes that are too tight. Vaginitis can also be caused by organisms that are passed between sexual partners.
  2. What are some symptoms of vaginitis? Symptoms include burning, itchiness, and smelly vaginal discharge. The itchiness and burning sensations can occur inside of the vagina or on the skin outside of the vagina (the vulva). Other common symptoms of this condition include discomfort during sexual intercourse, or discomfort during urination. However, vaginitis can also be present without a woman experiencing any symptoms! This is why it is important for women to have a routine gynecological exam yearly.
  3. Are there different types of vaginitis? There are three different types of vaginitis: Bacterial vaginosis, Yeast infection, and Trichomoniasis. Of the three, bacterial vaginosis is the most common, since at one point or another most women will experience a build-up of vaginal bacteria. The symptoms of vaginitis are similar to those associated with sexually transmitted diseases, so it is important to address any symptoms so proper treatment can begin.
  4. How can vaginitis be treated? Treatment for vaginitis will depend on the symptoms, as well as what form of the condition a patient has. Yeast infections are usually treated with either prescription or over-the-counter antifungal creams, miconazole or clotrimazole, or with oral antifungal medication. Bacterial vaginosis is usually treated either either oral tablets or with a prescription gel or cream that is applied directly to the impacted area. Trichomoniasis is treated with the prescription oral tablets Flagyl or Tinamax.
  5. Can vaginitis be prevented? With proper hygiene, vaginitis is preventable. Wearing breathable, comfortable-fitting clothing and cotton underwear can help. It is important to avoid douching, using harsh soaps, and scented tampons, all of which can cause irritation to the vagina.

Vaginitis Treatment in Astoria

To learn more about vaginitis and its treatment, please contact us today and schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Astoria, and we can be reached at (718) 204-7550. We hope to hear from you soon!

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