The presentation of a vaginal infection varies depending on the cause. In some women not a single symptoms occurs at all while others may show signs such as unpleasant odour with an anomalous vaginal discharge, burning sensation while passing urine, itching in and around vagina or discomfort during sexual intercourse. A woman’s vagina normally produces a whitish discharge which is an odour free, non- irritating clear or slightly cloudy. This differentiates it from symptoms of vaginal infection.The six most common types of vaginal infections are viral vaginitis and non-infectious vaginitis candida or “yeast” infections, trichomoniasis vaginitis, chlamydia vaginitis, bacterial vaginosis.
Different Treatments For Vaginal Infections Are Mentioned Below:
1. Natural Home Remedies
Some home remedies for yeast and other vaginal infections are listed below. By using apple cider vinegar douches symptoms of vaginal infections can be lessened by douching with apple cider vinegar (approximately 3 tablespoons in 180 ml water). Taking a probiotic supplement or including probiotic foods in your diet, helps in maintaining the natural gut flora which prevents formation of fungus. It is also known that garlic kills yeast and the trick here is to act early. A fresh clove of garlic inserted in the vagina for about one two nights can effectively prevent the colonization of bacteria. Organic cranberries can be useful in fighting fungal infections. They help in maintaining healthy vaginal pH levels. Organic tea tree oil is known to be a natural fungal cleanser. Inserting few drops of tea tree oil inside the vagina (you can put it on the tampon also) for a period of 4-5 hours effectively subsides the symptoms of vaginal infection. Organic oregano oil is another very effective natural remedy for yeast vaginal infections. It can be swallowed after meals (9-10 drops) on a full stomach, twice or thrice a day.
2. Short-Course Vaginal Therapy
In most of the patients a yeast infection can be cleared by one time application of an ointment, anti-fungal cream. The application of such medicines takes two to three days to recover, if the infection is for the longer period. Some of the examples of such drug s are miconazole, butoconazole, terconazole and clotrimazole.
3. Single-Dose Oral Medication
The physician might prescribe a single dose of the antifungal medication named fluconazole which is to taken orally, depending on the severity of infection. In certain cases where the vaginal infection appears to complicated following treatment regimens are used.
4. Long-Course Vaginal Therapy
The duration of treatment usually ranges from seven to fourteen days. The medicine prescribed for such severe vaginal treatment is named as azole medication. These medications can be taken in the form of ointment, vaginal cream, suppository or tablets.
5. Multidose Oral Medication
In this type of treatment your doctor might prescribe two or three doses of fluconazole (antifungal). This medicine need to be taken orally. Conversely, this therapy isn’t recommended in case of women who are pregnant.
6. Maintenance Plan
In case of yeast infections which appear again and again, your doctor might advise a medication mundane which would check and prevent the overgrowth of organism and eventually prevent infection to grow in future. Maintenance therapy which typically begins after the initial treatment may include fluconazole tablets taken by mouth once a week for six months. Some doctors prefer prescribing clotrimazole as a vaginal tablet (suppository) used once a week instead of an oral medication due to its localised action in vagina.
7. Alternative Medicine
Boric acid as a vaginal insert (suppository) may be an effective alternative to conventional treatment if the infection incidences are recurrent. It can also be used when yeast infections or ongoing (chronic) symptoms fail to respond to treatment. Boric acid may be effective against those strains of candida (fungal organism) that have become resistant to azole medications. On the other hand, boric acid might act as a skin irritant. Also it is toxic in nature when accidentally ingested, especially by children and hence it should be used with utmost care and precaution.
It restores the natural flora and helps in maintaining natural vaginal pH. It has been reported that some women show successful outcomes with lactobacillus-containing yogurt, taken by mouth or applied vaginally.However, it must be made sure that the yoghurt contains no added sugars, flavors or other added ingredients.A stressful routine & compromised immunity can boost the growth of organisms which cause vaginal infections as your body gets an “imbalance sign”.
The aforementioned therapies effectively treat vaginal infections; however the best of all is to stay relaxed, stay stress free, and wear loose comfortable cotton inner wear which would help in preventing such infections.