I am having a discharge and a very bad order in my vagina area,but I don't have a problem going to the bathroom,what can I do?

A small amount of vaginal discharge is experienced by all women. This is because the vaginal and cervical glands release fluid which passes through the vagina and takes old cells along with it. This normal vaginal discharge helps to keep the vagina clean, lubricated and free from germs and infection. Normal vaginal discharge does not have any odor. Changes in the consistency and appearance of vaginal discharge could occur due to various factors such as menstrual cycle, pregnancy, emotional stress, intake of certain medications, breastfeeding, diet and ovulation. Any factor that alters the pH balance of the vagina could increase the risk of vaginal infections. These factors include diabetes, pregnancy, use of perfumed soaps, antibiotics and vaginal douches. The pH balance of the vagina also changes during the menstrual cycle. This leads to a reduction in the acidic levels. Therefore vaginal infections are more likely to occur just before or during the monthly period.

The symptoms of abnormal vaginal discharge include changes in the amount, consistency and color of the discharge, itching or discomfort in the vaginal area, burning during urination, presence of blood and thick foul smelling vaginal discharge. In case these symptoms are present, it is important to consult a doctor immediately for diagnosis and treatment. The most common cause of vaginal odor and discharge is bacterial vaginosis. This condition is known to result in abnormal vaginal odor and increase in amount of discharge. The vaginal discharge usually appears discolored or whitish. yeast infections of the vagina are also fairly common. Here the discharge may be much thicker and accompanying symptoms include redness, itching and inflammation. Another common vaginal infection is trichomonas vaginitis which leads to heavy discolored discharge as well as a foul smelling vaginal discharge. The symptoms of vaginal infections may resemble those of other medical conditions and hence a proper diagnosis is essential.

In case of yeast infections, antifungal creams may be prescribed. A good home remedy for a vaginal yeast infection is garlic. Garlic is known to have antifungal properties and hence helps to fight the infection. Soaking in a bath of diluted vinegar is also beneficial in treating vaginal infections since vinegar has antibacterial and antifungal properties. To relieve redness, itching and other discomfort, natural treatments such as cool compresses, ice packs and sitz baths may be used. It is also advisable to maintain good hygiene and avoid the use of harsh soaps. Eating the right kind of diet and consumption of yogurt would help treating the foul smelling vaginal discharge.

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Any abnormal vaginal discharge that is accompanied by a foul odor is a strong indication that there is an infection. Although problems with urination such as a throbbing pain or a burning sensation are not uncommon, it is not necessary that you will have this symptom. This symptom is generally indicative of the fact that the infection has spread through the urethra and possibly even to the bladder.

You will have to visit your doctor to determine the type of infection you have, since there are several types of infections caused by bacteria, yeasts and several other types of protozoa that cause these symptoms. You may or may not suffer from itchiness or inflammation. In most cases, these infections clear up without any treatment as long as you maintain extremely strict hygiene standards. However, it is better to treat these infections as soon as possible as they could lead to serious health issues if they do spread to your bladder or kidneys. There are also several home remedies to get rid of vaginal discharge and odor.

It is extremely important that you drink a lot of liquids throughout your day – at least 8 glasses. In addition to this, warm one glass of water and add the juice of two freshly squeezed lemons to it. Mix this well and drink it while it is still warm. Do this once more in the evening. This lemon juice remedy helps to keep the urine acidic in nature and this helps to get rid of the microbes causing the infection. In addition to this, you can also drink one glass of cranberry juice daily for about a week as this will also help to cleanse your entire urinary tract. You should also wash yourself thoroughly with warm water and mild soap before you go to bed and when you wake up in the morning. This will help to control the spread of microbes on the surface of the skin. Make sure that you keep yourself completely dry at all times as microbes require moist surroundings to thrive.

There are several things that you should not do when you have a vaginal infection. Do not use tampons as these could lead to an increase in the population of bacteria or fungus and make sure that you change your sanitary napkins regularly. Do not use a douche unless your doctor has specifically told you to do so as they can do more harm than good.

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