Health-Related Links -- Vaginal Infection (Vaginitis)

Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina that may be caused by bacteria, yeasts, or allergy or chemicals.  Sexually transmitted diseases may cause vaginitis (see STD section). Fungus, such as yeast, may cause a thick white discharge with itching. Bacterial vaginosis may be caused by on overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria. The discharge with bacterial vaginosis is usually a thin, grayish white with a fishy odor.

Symptoms

  • unusual vaginal discharge
  • itching or burning
  • burning with urination
  • redness of the external genital area
  • fishy or foul odor

Treatment

  • over the counter vaginal anti-fungal preparations for yeast infections
  • prescription medications, such as Diflucan, for yeast infections
  • prescription medications, such as Flagyl, for bacterial vaginitis

Get Advice For

  • persistent symptoms of yeast infection after treatment with over the counter medications
  • recurrent yeast infections
  • symptoms of bacterial vaginosis
  • fever or abdominal pain