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Treatment

Each vaginal infection is caused by a different type of organism, which requires that each have a specific treatment method. Get to know the effective ways of dealing with different vaginal infections as recommended by doctors.

Traditional Types of Medical Treatment

Candidiasis or Vaginal Yeast Infections

  • Intravaginal anti-fungus creams or ointments and/or oral medication.

  • Consult your doctor on what brand and dosage is right for you.

 

Trichomoniasis

  • Oral medication for infected person and her sexual partner. Your doctor may prescribe Metronidazole (an antibiotic) for this condition. Do not attempt to self-medicate. Seek professional advice if you suspect an infection.

  • Consult your doctor on what brand and dosage is right for you.

 

Bacterial Vaginosis

  • Intravaginal antimicrobial creams, suppositories (solid, conical masses of medicinal substances that melt upon insertion into the vagina), and/or oral medication. Your doctor may prescribe Metronidazole in case of infection.

  • Consult your doctor on what brand and dosage is right for you.

 

Non-traditional Types of Treatment and Precaution

Topical, feminine hygiene products containing natural ingredients like lactoserumand lactic acid have been proven to help treat vaginal infections if taken with traditional medication. These personal cleansing products are also effective ways of preventing vaginal infections.

Washing your intimate area with The Lactacyd Feminine Hygiene

The Lactacyd Feminine Hygiene has been specially formulated to protect the fragile natural balance of vulvovaginal flora.

 

Misconceptions

As much as women like to be modern when it comes to fashion, technology, perspectives and lifestyles, there are still those who get stuck in a rut of myths, misconceptions and made-up cures for vaginal infections. In truth, these substances create more bad than good.

Washing your intimate area with:

  • Vinegar

  • Potassium Permanganate (a poisonous salt that forms dark purple crystals and is purple-red when dissolved in water; used as an oxidizing and bleaching agent and as a disinfectant and antiseptic).

  • Mouthwash

  • Mercurochrome (a mercurial compound applied topically as an antiseptic).

 

After-effects of Late treatment or No treatment

Simple symptoms like vaginal itching or foul smell are often taken for granted. The common-sense cure is just intense washing with soap and water.

That’ll pass is always the frame of mind for simple symptoms in general, like headaches and toothaches. But more often than not, signs like these lead to complicated physical conditions due to late diagnosis and treatment, or sometimes, no treatment at all.

When it comes to your health, you should never be too tolerant. If vaginal infections go untreated they might turn deadly.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Infertility and/or Ectopic Pregnancy

Inflammation of the pelvic girdle might be one of the serious results of late treatment or no treatment at all. This happens when the bad bacteria from the infected vagina reach the reproductive organs: from the cervix, to the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and surrounding structures.

When bacteria infect the fallopian tubes, this causes inflammation, scarring the normal tissue and blocking the natural passage of an ovum. You may become infertile. There is another danger called ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when an ovum is implanted outside the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy can cause internal bleeding and even death. Your abdomen might also experience complications due to spread of scar tissue which will cause pelvic pain that can last for months or years.

Susceptibility to Pre-mature Birth

In a recent study, it was found that pregnant women with bacterial vaginosis (BV) showed a miscarriage rate of 31.6% as opposed to 18.5% in women without vaginal infection. For pregnant women, it is a must to have yourselves checked 16 weeks after pregnancy for this infection since 15-20% of those who are pregnant have BV.

Nearly 50% of women infected with BV don’t show symptoms so this often goes untreated. So if you’re pregnant and you have BV and it isn’t aggressively diagnosed and treated, there is a high risk for pre-mature birth and very low birth weight for your baby.

Increased Likelihood of Gonorrhea and AIDS

When your vagina’s self-defense is low, you are in higher risks of acquiring STDs like gonorrhea and AIDS from a sexual partner.

During sex, you and your partner exchange body fluids that might be contaminated with gonorrhea or AIDS. Any kind of sexual contact—vaginal, oral, or anal, can spread these STDs. A woman is more vulnerable though when she has vaginal infection since the protection is relatively lower and also there might be open wounds caused by excessive scratching.

Nonsexual transmission of gonorrhea and AIDS is also possible. With gonorrhea, a pregnant woman can infect her infant during birth which often causes eye problems for the baby, or an infected person can transfer these bacteria by touching her vagina and then touching her own eyes. With AIDS, it can be passed on non-sexually through use of contaminated needles, childbirth, blood transfusion and contact with open wounds.

Gonorrhea usually infects the opening of the uterus (cervix) or the urethra, and if untreated, it can spread to other organs like the fallopian tubes and ovaries. As for AIDS? It kills.


Sources

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  • CDC: Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines 2006.

  • Darwish A et al. Treatment options for BV in patients at high risk of preterm labor and PROIM. J. Obstet Gynecol Res 2007;33(6): 781-7.

  • Paavonen J. PID from diagnosis to prevention. Dermatol Clin 1998;16(4):745-56.

  • Bacterial Vaginal Infections in Pregnancy by Frederick R. Jelovsek MD, GYNO 2009. www.wdxcyber.com Accessed March 2009.

  • Gonorrhea reviewed by Timothy Yarboro, M.D., YourTotalHealth a service of NBC and iVillage 2000-2008. yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com Accessed March 2009.

  • How Does AIDS Spread? by Chris Beazer, eHow 1999-2000. www.ehow.com Accessed March 2009.