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- What is the treatment for vaginitis?
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- Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina.
- Symptoms of vaginitis include vaginal pain or discomfort, itching, discharge, and odor. Pain with urination or during sexual intercourse is also common.
- Vaginitis may be due to infections or non-infectious causes.
- Infectious vaginitis may be due to bacteria, fungi, or the parasitic organism known as Trichomonas.
- Infectious vaginitis should be treated with antibiotics.
- Vaginitis can also be related to physical or chemical irritation of the vagina.
- Some infectious causes of vaginitis are sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), but not all vaginal infections are sexually-transmitted.
- Vaginitis in pregnancy should be treated to avoid complications for mother and baby.
What is vaginitis?
Vaginitis refers to inflammation of the vagina that often occurs in combination with inflammation of the vulva, a condition known as vulvovaginitis. Vaginitis is often the result of an infection with yeast, bacteria, or Trichomonas, but it may also arise due to physical or chemical irritation of the area. Not all infections that cause vaginitis are considered sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but some STDs cause vaginitis.
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