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Vaginitis is a medical condition characterized by inflammation of the vagina. Other symptoms, such as itching or a foul-smelling discharge are also common. Some possible causes of vaginitis include bacterial or yeast infections, lack of proper hygiene, or allergies to certain fabrics found in underwear. Fortunately, there are several natural cures for vaginitis. Some, such as practicing proper hygiene, using mild laundry detergents, and urinating after intercourse, are focused on prevention. Others, such as drinking cranberry juice, eating probiotic yogurt regularly, and consuming garlic, are focused on treating specific symptoms.
Some women may have difficulty determining the difference between vaginitis and a yeast infections. One of the biggest differences is the type of vaginal odor present. A yeast infection often causes an odor that smells a lot like bread or beer, and vaginitis tends to create a strong fishy odor. When in doubt, a trip to the doctor is wise before attempting any type of self-treatment.
Many natural cures for vaginitis are designed to help prevent the condition, especially in women who are prone to have recurrent bouts. Some of these natural cures for vaginitis involve proper hygiene and urinating immediately following sexual intercourse. Using a mild laundry detergent and always wiping from front to back after visiting the restroom may help prevent recurrences of vaginitis. Urinating after sexual intercourse can help flush out harmful bacteria before problems start.
Some natural cures for vaginitis are dietary in nature. For instance, drinking plenty of juice, especially cranberry juice, helps keep toxins flushed out of the system. Eating a healthy diet and avoiding foods with a lot of processed chemicals can help keep the immune system strong. Yogurt is believed to help cure both vaginitis and yeast infections. The yogurt can be eaten or placed directly onto the inflamed vaginal area; if applying yogurt directly to the vaginal area, only plain yogurt should be used.
Herbal supplements are often used as natural cures for vaginitis as well. Tea tree oil, goldenseal, and black walnut are popular choices. Garlic is known to help remove toxins from the body and can be eaten in various recipes or taken in the form of a dietary supplement. A douche made with calendula and boric acid may help to relieve symptoms of vaginitis as well.
Excess moisture in the vaginal area can aggravate vaginitis symptoms and should be avoided when possible. Corn starch can be used as a powder to help absorb excess moisture. Many patients have reported a significant reduction in vaginitis symptoms when using a homemade powder of ground margosa leaves at least twice per day while symptoms persist.
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