Vaginal Odor

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Vaginal odor is typically from inflammation of the vaginal area. Inflammation of the vaginal area is often a result of infection in or around the vagina.

Patients may experience the related symptoms of Vaginal Itching, Vaginal Discharge, and/or Vaginal Dryness.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/7/2012

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REFERENCE:

Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

Causes of Vaginal Odor
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      • What are the signs and symptoms of chlamydia?
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      • What is the prognosis for chlamydia?
      • Can chlamydia be prevented?
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      • Genital herpes in women facts
      • What is genital herpes?
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      • Can genital herpes be cured?
      • What is the treatment for genital herpes?
      • Are home remedies or natural treatments effective for genital herpes?
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      • What is the prognosis for genital herpes?
      • Can genital herpes be prevented?
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      • What is gonorrhea?
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      • How is pelvic inflammatory disease treated?
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      • What causes syphillis?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of syphilis?
      • What tests are used to diagnose syphilis?
      • What is the treatment for syphilis?
      • What are the potential complications of syphilis?
      • What is the prognosis for syphilis?
      • Can syphilis be prevented?
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      • Trichomoniasis facts*
      • What is trichomoniasis and how do you get it?
      • What are the symptoms of trichomoniasis?
      • Is there a test for trichomoniasis?
      • How is trichomoniasis treated?
      • What happens if I don't get treated?
      • Should I tell my partner if I have trichomoniasis?
      • Does trichomoniasis cause problems during pregnancy?
      • How is trichomoniasis prevented?
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      Vaginitis Article
      • Vaginitis facts
      • What is vaginitis?
      • What causes vaginitis?
      • What are the risk factors for vaginitis?
      • What are the symptoms of vaginitis?
      • How is vaginitis diagnosed?
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      • Medications to treat vaginitis
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      • What is the prognosis for vaginitis?
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      Yeast Infection Article
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      • What is yeast?
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      • What is the treatment for vaginal yeast infection and vulvitis?
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      • What is a vaginal yeast infection?
      • What causes a vaginal yeast infection?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection?
      • How is a vaginal yeast infection diagnosed?
      • Are there home remedies to treat a vaginal yeast infection?
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      • What is the treatment for yeast infection in men?
      • How can vaginal yeast infections be prevented?
      • How can a man protect himself from contracting a yeast infection from his partner?
Other Causes of Vaginal Odor
  • Infection (Bacterial)
  • Ulcers From Infection (Chancroid, Lymphogranuloma Venereum/LGV)
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