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What are the Different Vaginal Infection Treatments?

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Different vaginal infection treatments include vaginal cream preparations, such as anti-fungal medications and oral medications, such as antibiotics or anti-fungals. Vaginal infection treatments depend on whether the infection is related to bacteria or yeast, or if it is fungal in nature. Regardless of the organism, symptoms usually include discharge, vaginal odor, itching, and burning.

Wearing tight clothing and synthetic undergarments can worsen a vaginal infection because they encourage sweating, moisture formation, and bacterial growth. Cotton undergarments are the best choice because cotton is a breathable fabric that absorbs moisture well. When excessive vaginal discharge is present, a panty liner should be worn to absorb excess moisture and reduce objectionable odor. Bacterial vaginosis, a common vaginal infection, usually causes a strong odor, however, it is generally very responsive to treatment.

Oral anti-fungal agents are effective vaginal infection treatments. Although they quickly resolve symptoms, they can cause distressing side effects such as abdominal cramping, nausea, and diarrhea. Anti-fungal creams and ointments that are inserted vaginally are equally effective in treating symptoms and are sometimes better tolerated by patients. Because these medicines are given locally, systemic side effects are usually prevented.

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Home remedy vaginal infection treatments include taking warm baths and eating yogurt. The warm water soothes irritated vaginal tissues and gently washes away bacteria. In addition, yogurt contains live cultures that benefit vaginal flora, contributing to the healing process. Douching is not recommended unless a physician deems it necessary, because douching can push bacteria and fungi further into the vaginal canal.

Sometimes recurrent vaginal infections can signify a medical condition such as diabetes. In addition, low immunity can also contribute to vaginal infections. Eating healthy, getting adequate sleep, and taking vitamin C can boost the immune system and help prevent vaginal infections. While undergoing vaginal infection treatments, sexual relations should be avoided to make sure the infection is fully resolved and so that the vagina does not become further irritated.

Occasionally, allergies can mimic a vaginal infection. Latex from condoms can sometimes cause an allergic reaction, resulting in irritation, itching, and burning. When this occurs, vaginal infections treatments are not necessary. People experiencing vaginal odor, profuse vaginal discharge, itching, and burning need to seek medical attention. These symptoms commonly indicate mild types of vaginal infections, however, they can indicate a sexually transmitted disease, mandating prompt treatment. The physician can determine the type of infection present and recommend appropriate vaginal infection treatments.

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serenesurface
Post 3

I had a vaginal bacterial infection so I had to take antibiotics. My doctor said that there is no other way to treat the infection.

donasmrs
Post 2

OTC anti-fungal creams are great, until they stop working. That's what happened to me. In my opinion, it's not a good idea to overuse them. If a vaginal yeast infection is recurring, this means that there is a pH imbalance in the vagina or the immune system has weakened.

I was able to overcome recurring vaginal yeast infection symptoms with natural remedies and changes in my diet and lifestyle. Firstly, I reduced my sugar intake and carbohydrate intake as much as possible because yeast feed on these. Secondly, I stopped all douching as this just upsets the vaginal pH balance. My husband and I also use condoms during intercourse because semen can upset vaginal pH balance as well.

Lastly, I ate lots and lots of natural, plain yogurt. I learned how to make yogurt and made it myself at home with beneficial yogurt cultures. I also took a probiotic supplement to fight the yeast from the inside out.

bear78
Post 1

I developed a vaginal yeast infection for the first time in my life last month. Since I never had one before, I was very worried that my vaginal itching and foul smelling discharge were symptoms of an STD. Thankfully, it was just yeast overgrowth. And the vaginal yeast infection treatment was much simpler than I had expected. I thought that I would have to take oral medications, but my doctor just told me to use an OTC vaginal cream. I used it as she directed and my symptoms are completely gone.

I'm going to keep this cream on hand in case I have the same symptoms again in the future.

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