How to cure vaginal bacterial infection?

(Last Updated: Jul 6, 2006)

Vaginal bacterial infection also referred to as Bacteria Vaginosis or Bacterial Vaginitis, can be described as a benign infection that occurs in the vaginal area. There are several different organisms that can cause this infection in women of all ages, including those that are not sexually active. Bacterial infection in women is a lot more common than people realize; however, due to the sensitive nature of this problem, most women, especially the younger ones, refrain from discussing it with others, or even bringing it to the attention of a medical health care provider, unless it gets out of hand. Moreover, one common question that most women have about this condition is “is bacterial infection in women contagious?”

Several different types of bacteria and other microorganisms live on a woman’s body, without creating any problems. However, there are certain factors that could cause these bacteria to overgrow, thereby leading to an infection. In most cases, the overgrowth occurs due to physical or hormonal changes. Therefore, it is not uncommon for women to suffer from this infection during pregnancy or even while going through the menstrual cycle. Activities like douching, flushing the vaginal area with a solution, or taking a bubble bath can also lead to an infection and therefore, be avoided.

Symptoms

There are several signs and symptoms that care associated with a vaginal infection in women. Given below are some of the most commonly seen vaginal infection symptoms:

  • Presence of a thin and watery discharge, which is either whitish or yellowish in color
  • A fish-like odor from the vaginal area, which gets worse after urinating or engaging in sexual intercourse
  • Intense itchiness and burning sensation in the vaginal area, with a bit of redness and perhaps some swelling too
  • Pain and burning while passing urine

Since the symptoms of the condition are quite uncomfortable and are difficult to bear, it is quite common for women to seek a cure for this problem as soon as possible, just like in the case of a vaginal yeast infection cure.

Treatment

There are certain oral pills and topical gels that can be used to treat the bacterial infection. However, like in the case of vaginal yeast infection treatment, it has been seen that home remedies for bacterial infection in women are also quite commonly used, mainly because it is believed that there are fewer side effects associated with them. Given below are some of the most common home remedies for bacterial infection:

  • Yogurt: There are two ways of using this home remedy. First, women are asked to consume large quantities of it every day. Alternately, they can apply yogurt directly on to the affected area, with a tampon.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Being acidic in nature, this remedy combats the toxins leading to a bacterial infection. For best results, a bathtub should be filled with water and two cups of this vinegar should be added to it. Then, it is important for women to soak in this water for at least 20 minutes or so.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Adding a few drops of tea tree oil to bath water and soaking in it can help combat the infection causing bacteria, since the oil has antibacterial properties. Diluted tea tree essential oil can also be applied to the vaginal area.
  • Garlic: Because of the antibacterial properties present in garlic, it is an excellent remedy for infections. Women can increase their consumption of raw garlic, but chewing on a clove or two, or even sprinkling it over food. There are several stores and pharmacies that stock garlic pills and suppositories, which are very helpful in curing bacterial infections.

While the home remedies mentioned above are quite safe if used correctly, it is best to consult a doctor before trying any of them. This is all the more important for women who are pregnant or are suffering from any medical condition.

answered by G R

Bacterial vaginal infections are caused by a number of agents, the most common of these being a low intake of water and lack of personal hygiene. People who do not drink enough water do not allow normal functioning of the small intestine. Bacteria build up in the urinary tract leads to a urinary infection that could cause one to become extremely unwell. Maintaining good personal hygiene is one of the best recommended home remedies for vaginal odor. Vaginal yeast infection is also caused by high acidic levels in the urinary tract, especially during or after the menstrual cycle.

Vaginal yeast infection treatment can be carried out in the privacy of your home. Washing down the vaginal area with a salt water solution helps to remove the bacteria and cleanse the skin of any further infection. Drinking plenty of water is another effective method to cure vaginal yeast infection. Yeast infections and other urinary tract infections can be picked up from public toilets where hygiene is not maintained. Using undergarments and personal intimate products belonging to another person is also a probable cause for contracting a yeast or urinary infection. If the infection becomes unbearable and begins to go out of control, it is advisable that medical help be solicited so that antibiotic medication may be provided for quick relief.

answered by G R

Vaginal infection during pregnancy with foul odor?

Although it may seem to be out of the ordinary for a first time or even a second or third time mother, a vaginal odor during pregnancy is not a rare occurrence. The kind of vaginal odor during pregnancy will also vary depending on the stage of the pregnancy reached. As the pregnancy progresses, the vaginal discharge would also become heavier and thicker while the weeks just before the actual delivery is likely to see the mother discharge large amounts of a jelly like substance. A strong odor could also easily be one of the most significant and prominent symptoms of vaginal infection during pregnancy. This make it extremely important that you have your gynecologist have a look at the condition.

The first step in choosing the right natural remedies for vaginal odor is to make sure that you identify the root cause of the problem and understand the level to which it could affect the pregnancy. In the case of a yeast infection, the baby is unlikely to be affected to any great extent while problems like bacterial vaginosis can have very long term effects on the baby. Natural remedies for vaginal odor during pregnancy are not highly recommended because of the fact that they could have varying effects on the health of the baby.

answered by a

Is it likely that vaginal infection can be transmitted to partner? What precautions need to be taken?

Of the many causes for vaginal infections, direct contact with a person suffering from a vaginal yeast infection could be passed on to a partner through intimacy. Urinary tract infection transmission is easily carried out through sexual intercourse, or through the use of penetrative intimate products that have been used by someone who is already suffering a vaginal infection. The best method of preventing vaginal infections would be to ensure that a high level of personal hygiene is maintained.

Before engaging in any act of intimacy, it is always advisable that proper protection be used so as to avoid any vaginal infection or even to avoid an infection of a more sever nature. Genital herpes transmission is carried out through sexual intercourse with someone who is already suffering from the condition. People suffering from genital herpes must seek the advice of a medical practitioner before the condition worsens. They should also be careful to abstain from sexual contact with a partner for fear of further spreading the disease. Staying healthy, maintaining a good sense of personal hygiene and abstaining from casual sexual encounters with unknown persons will be an essential part of ensuring that you are free from genital herpes or any other urinary infection of the sort.

answered by G M

What are the causes for bacterial yeast infections? What care needs to be taken for chronic bacterial infection in women?

Bacterial yeast infections are a very common occurrence in women and are usually the result of a drop in acidity level around the vaginal area of a woman. Yeast infections are very uncomfortable as well as irritating. Another one of the most common causes of yeast infection in women includes sexual intercourse, although the condition is not considered to be a sexually transmitted disease. Being able to identify the symptoms of bacterial vaginal infection is a very important part of its diagnosis. Some of the more common causes of it include itching around the vagina, light bleeding from the vagina and a mildly to prominently repulsive odor emanated from the vaginal area.

In order to prevent vaginal yeast infection as well as treat it one of the best options to be used is yogurt. Yogurt could be applied directly onto the vagina, or one could also simply soak a tampon in yogurt and place it inside the vagina. The antifungal and antibacterial properties of garlic make it a very potent natural remedy for the treatment of yeast infections. Your diet and consumption of certain fruit juices can play a very important role in helping your body fight the infection. Cranberry juice is substantially beneficial while foods that are high in protein content should be present in your food as well.

answered by S S


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