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Women’s issues – How to handle Vaginal Infections?

• A vaginal infection is a common condition with women.
• It is often shrugged off as being due to excessive vaginal discharge.
• Vaginal infection or Candida can prove to be extremely problematic if it is left untreated.
• Vaginal can transform from its benign form to an extremely infectious state and engulf most of the systems in the body, including the brain.
• Vaginal infections should be first treated with home remedies.
• This is all the more important if infection occurs during pregnancy– especially early pregnancy.
• Candida albicans, also known as Vaginal, is natural flora that exists in the intestines, mouth, and vagina.

Causes for Vaginal Infections

• Excess intake of sugar
• Pregnancy
• Birth control pills
• Hormonal supplements for menopause
• Chemical douches
• Spermicidal products
• Fissures caused by tampons

Signs for Vaginal Infections

• vaginal itching
• redness or inflammation in the vaginal area
• antibiotics
• weakened Immune System
• diabetes
• lack of Hygiene
• personal Contact
• clothing

Vaginal Infection Diagnosis

You may be asked questions including the following:
• When did this condition begin? Has the discharge been the same throughout the month?
• What does the discharge look like? What color and consistency? Is there an odor?
• Do you have pain, itching, or burning?
• Does your sexual partner, if you have one, have discharge from his penis?
• Do you have many sexual partners?
• Do you use condoms?
• What helps relieve the discharge? Do you take frequent baths? Have you tried over-the-counter medications? Douching?
• What other symptoms do you have?
• What medications do you take for all conditions?
• Have you changed detergents or soaps you use?
• Do you often wear tight underwear or pants/jeans?

During the pelvic examination
• Doctor will inspect your vagina and cervix for any discharge or sores.
• Doctor will determine the size and location of the uterus and cervix.
• The doctor will assess if you have pain or tenderness on movement of the cervix and uterus or in the areas next to the uterus, which correspond to the Fallopian tubes and ovaries.

During the vaginal examination
• Speculum is introduced into the vagina to see the cervix.
• Swabs will be taken of any discharge to determine if the infection is fungal (yeast), protozoan (trichomoniasis), or bacterial (bacterial vaginosis).
• Your health care provider can examine a sample of vaginal discharge under a microscope.
• This is inorder to detect the presence of the organisms associated with vaginal infections.

Pap test
• This test will be performed to exclude the possibility of cervical cancer.
• This test is sent to the laboratory, and results are usually obtained within one week.

Other tests
• A colposcopy or biopsy might be recommended if your cervix appears abnormal.
• Certain blood tests can detect antibodies to the yeast-infection causing Candida albicans.
• If trichomonas is present, and confirmed by laboratory tests, your doctor may do more tests for other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Vaginal Infections Treatment

• Diagnosis is usually made based on your symptoms and results of urine tests and vaginal cultures.
• Treatment is based on the organism causing the infection.
• Depending on the cause of the infection, your health care practitioner may prescribe vaginal suppositories, antifungal pills, or antibiotics (as pills or an injection).
• Treatment varies depending on which form of vaginitis you have, the severity of infection, duration of infection, recurrence of infection, and whether you are pregnant.

General tips for Vaginal Infection

• Prevent the growth of fungus or yeast.
• The idea is to let air circulate as much as possible.
• Try to keep the vaginal area dry and clean.
• Damp and moist environment helps Candida grow.
• Avoid wearing tight clothes and sleep without tight undergarments.
• Do not dust cosmetic powder in the vaginal area.
• Do not use chemicals inside the vagina.
• Avoid douching with chemical formulations.

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