What is Vaginitis?

Vaginitis is a medical term that refers to inflammation or infection of the vagina, which is the muscular canal connecting the uterus to the external genitalia in females. Vaginitis can be caused by various factors, including infections (bacterial, fungal, viral, or parasitic), hormonal changes, irritants, allergens, or other underlying conditions. Common types of vaginitis include bacterial vaginosis, candidiasis (commonly known as yeast infection), trichomoniasis, and non-infectious vaginitis. 

Symptoms of vaginitis may vary depending on the underlying cause but can include vaginal discharge, itching, burning, redness, swelling, discomfort, pain during urination or sexual intercourse, and other related symptoms. Diagnosis of vaginitis typically involves a medical history review, physical examination, and laboratory tests to identify the underlying cause. 

Treatment for vaginitis depends on the underlying cause and may include medications (such as antibiotics, antifungals, or antivirals), hormonal therapy, lifestyle changes, or other appropriate interventions. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and management of vaginitis.

When is it necessary to see a doctor?

It may be necessary to see a doctor if you experience symptoms suggestive of vaginitis. If you suspect you may have vaginitis, it is important to seek medical evaluation for proper diagnosis and treatment, as the underlying cause may require specific management approaches.

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