Vaginitis Discharge

I Have Started Getting Bad Discharge, But its Discolored and is a little smelly I do not know what I should do? Whether I should tell someone or what?

The symptom of a bad discolored discharge that is smelly points out to a common condition experienced by many women, known as vaginitis. Vaginitis is basically an inflammation of the vagina that occurs due to the over growth of vaginal bacteria. It could also be caused by an infection from a sexually transmitted disease. Vaginitis is not a condition by itself, but rather an umbrella term used for a group of conditions that affect the vagina. There are many types of vaginitis; however, here are the four most commonly occurring conditions.

  • Bacterial Vaginosis: This condition is also referred to as BV or vaginal bacteriosis. It is the most common of all vaginal infections and occurs due to an overgrowth of bacteria in the vaginal region.
  • Yeast Infections: It is estimated that every three out of four women experience this condition at least once during their entire lifetime. A fungus that usually remains inactive when present in small amounts in the body called candida albicans is responsible for bringing about this condition.
  • Atrophic Vaginitis: Is an age related condition, as it occurs only after menopause. After menopause, the estrogen level in a women’s body is lowered. This causes the vaginal tissues to become drier and thinner.
  • Trichomoniasis: This condition is caused by parasites that may be transmitted during sexual intercourse.

Treatment of vaginitis depends on the actual cause and type of infection. Therefore, a visit to your family physician is sincerely recommended. However, you can use home remedies to alleviate the symptoms until you visit your doctor.

  • Apple cider vinegar is very effective when it comes to treating vaginitis. Mix one cup of apple cider vinegar in your bath water, and soak in it for 15 minutes. Use room temperature water for this purpose, as hot water will irritate your already inflamed skin. Apple cider vinegar has anti bacterial properties that help in containing the growth of bacteria. It also provides effective relief from the burning and itchy sensation. Apple cider vinegar also reduces the smelly odor caused by vaginitis.
  • You may also use a cold compress in order to soothe the inflammation caused by vaginitis.
  • Increase your dietary intake of ginger and garlic. Ginger and garlic possess effective anti bacterial as well as anti microbial qualities that help in boosting the body’s immune system.
  • Drinking a glass of cranberry juice daily is also effective when it comes to treating vaginitis. Cranberry juice helps in flushing the bacteria out of the body.

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