When you have a vaginal infection, one of the most common symptoms you might have is itching or irritation. You might also have discharge and experience discomfort when you urinate. Vaginal infections can also cause you to have light bleeding from your vagina. You might also feel pain when you have intercourse.
There are several kinds of vaginal infections that cause similar symptoms. One of the easiest ways to distinguish between these types of infections is by the type of discharge you have.
The cause of your vaginal infection depends on the type you have. Dr. Anghel conducts an evaluation of your symptoms to figure out which type you have. If you have bacterial vaginosis, this results from changes in the bacteria in your vagina. Yeast infections occur when you have an overgrowth of a fungus known as C. albicans, while trichomoniasis develops when you’re exposed to certain parasites during intercourse. You can get noninfectious vaginitis from scented soaps, vaginal sprays, toilet paper, and other objects.
Treatment is determined by the type of infection diagnosed and will either entail: antibiotic pills, gel, or cream or antifungal medication.
You can lower your risk of certain types of vaginal infections by wiping from front to back after using the bathroom and avoiding the use of douching products. Other ways for you to lower your risk of vaginal infections include wearing breathable cotton underwear, using latex condoms, and avoiding soaps, sprays, and other products that irritate your vagina.
If you need treatment for a vaginal infection, please contact First Class OB/GYN.