My vagina itches, the discharge smells, what do I do

Any unusual discharge, a foul odor, and local discomfort are tell-tale signs of a vaginal infection. Vaginal infections are very common and in most cases they disappear within a few days of treatment. Mild infections can be treated with home remedies but if the infection persists, you will need to go to the doctor as you may need anti-biotic medication. Home remedies for vaginal infections will help to ease the discomfort as well as treat the condition itself

You will first need to make sure that you follow a few basic hygiene practices to minimize the spread of the infection. Do not use a tampon during your monthly period but use sanitary napkins instead. Make sure that you change your pad frequently as bacteria thrive in warm and damp conditions. In addition to this, you should wash yourself with very warm water twice a day. You can also use an anti-microbial soap to cleanse yourself and eliminate the bacteria. Do not use a douche as this can drive the bacteria further up your urinary tract and can cause even more problems. Warm water will help to dissolve any crusted discharge and this will go a very long way in allowing your body to get rid of the infection. Make sure that you do not use panties made out of satin or synthetic material but use those made of cotton as this will prevent the build-up of perspiration and heat.

Cranberry juice is an excellent home remedy that will help to flush the invasive bacteria out of your body. Make sure that you drink at least 2 glasses of this juice everyday for a week or two to get rid of the infection completely. You can mash a clove of garlic and add it to a mug of hot water. garlic has strong anti-bacterial properties and so you should use this water as a last rinse before you go to sleep. You should also make sure that you cleanse yourself thoroughly after you use the toilet. You should also make sure that you dry yourself as any excess moisture will only worsen the infection. Cut down on your intake of red meats and instead make sure you drink plenty of fruit juices and water. Fluids help to flush the bacteria within the urinary tract out of your system.

However, it is important to keep in mind that these infections can spread to the kidneys and can even be fatal if not attended to on time.

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