Have you ever had some type of vaginitis infection but didn’t have a clue on the type of infection that it is? Well, I hear you. Figuring out what type of infection you have can be confusing. In this article, I’ll provide you with some characteristics of vaginitis infections so that you can figure out what type you have. OK? Let’s begin.
There are six types of vaginitis infections. They include Chlamydia Vaginitis, Bacterial Vaginosis, Candida or “Yeast” Vaginitis, Non infectious Vaginitis, Viral Vaginitis and Trichomoniasis Vaginitis. To get a better understanding of each type and help you determine which one you may have, let’s evaluate each one. OK? Let’s begin.
Chlamydia Vaginitis – this type of vaginitis is often hard to diagnose and is often asymptomatic so no symptoms are present. With this one, women often experience a foul odor and off-white discharge. It is typically treated with Erythromycin.
Bacterial Vaginosis – Bacterial Vaginosis causes a white or grayish fish smelling discharge. It may be thin and you may experience burning while urinating or itching around the outside of your vagina. When one has this infection, they must be treated as this type of infection rarely goes away without treatment. Common treatments include Clindamycin or Metronidazole.
Candida or “Yeast” Vaginitis – This vaginal infection occurs frequently in women. Its symptoms include itching or burning in the vulvar area and perineum swelling. In addition, the discharge is white or yellow and resembles cottage cheese. This type of infection may go away on its own however, the constant itching and rubbing can cause one’s vulvar to be irritated and worn out. Common treatments include Butoconazole, Terconazole, and Miconazolenitrate.
Non infectious Vaginitis – This infection is often caused by an allergic reaction caused by a spermicidal product, douching, or a vaginal spray. It causes pelvic pain, discharge, burning and itching too. Treatment includes oral tablets or estrogen cream to lubricate and heal the area while decreasing friction and soreness.
Viral vaginitis – This infection is sexually transmitted and is typically caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV) or the human papilloma virus (HPV). With this one, infections include genital warts or lesions. With HPV, the genital warts are frozen, surgically removed, or treated chemically.
Trichomoniasis Vaginitis – This infection includes a musty-smelling, yellowish or greenish discharge, vaginal burning and itching. It is typically treated with antibiotics. Since it is sexually transmitted, both partners need to be treated to avoid infecting one another.
In conclusion, there are many different kinds of vaginal infections. To determine which one you have, evaluate your symptoms and then contact your physician so that you can obtain the best treatment for your specific condition. Good luck!