This is an inflammation or infection of the vagina, a passageway from the uterus to the outside of the female body.
The vagina is a muscular tube or passageway that extends from the opening of the uterus (cervix) to the outside of the female body. Vaginitis is an inflammation or infection of the vagina. The most common causes of vaginitis are bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, Trichomoniasis, and atrophic vaginitis.
Men may have the same bacteria that cause some forms of vaginitis in their genital area. However, men rarely develop inflammation from those bacteria.
The risk factors for developing vaginitis may include:
Some of the symptoms of vaginitis include:
Contact your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of vaginitis.
Treatment for a vaginal infection depends on the type of vaginitis you have.
If your doctor prescribes antibiotics, it is important to finish the prescription to prevent a recurrence. Do not have sexual intercourse until treatment is complete.
If you are being treated with the antibiotic metronidazole, it is important to avoid alcohol while taking it and for at least 24 hours after the last dose. Drinking alcohol while you are taking this medication orally or vaginally can cause symptoms such as:
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of a vaginal infection.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider:
Make sure you understand your treatment plan, any possible alternatives and what medications are recommended (including possible side effects).
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