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Treating Vaginitis
Jun 2014
Dr Poonam Rastogi

Did you know that about 43.5 per cent of the sexually active women suffer from a condition called vaginitis? Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina. It is a common infection that affects women irrespective of age, but more so during the reproductive years. A change in the balance of the yeast and bacteria that normally live in the vagina can result in the vagina to be inflamed.

Causes

  • Causative agents include: yeasts, bacteria, viruses and parasites
  • Bubble baths, perfumes, soaps containing certain chemicals, poor hygiene, and sexually transmitted infections
  • Some allergens, use of antibiotics, douching, spermicides, changes in hormone levels due to pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause can also contribute to vaginitis
  • Another major cause of vaginitis is candida albicans (a yeast, causing infections)
  • Protozoan parasite called trichomonas vaginalis causes trichomonas vaginitis (a sexually transmitted infection)

Foreign bodies like lost tampons, contraceptives meant to be inserted in the vagina, sprays and other toiletries could also cause irritation and itching sensation in the private parts. Other factors such as tight fitting lingerie, non-absorbent clothing could cause heat rashes.

Women and girls need to understand that irritated, damp skin is an invitation for infection causing organisms that thrive and multiply in warm, damp, dark parts of the body. These factors can lead to vaginitis and if proper measures are not taken it can also prolong recovery.