Vaginitis

Vaginitis in a soreness, swelling and redness (inflammation) of the vagina and vulva. This is not a sexually transmitted infection.

CAUSES

Yeast vaginitis is caused by yeast (candida) that is normally found in your vagina. With a yeast infection, the candida has over grown in number to a point that upsets the chemical balance.

SYMPTOMS

  • White thick vaginal discharge.

  • Swelling, itching, redness and irritation of the vagina and possibly the lips of the vagina (vulva).

  • Burning or painful urination.

  • Painful intercourse.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Finish all medication as prescribed.

  • Do not have sex until treatment is completed or instructed by your healthcare giver.

  • Take warm sitz baths.

  • Do not douche.

  • Do not use tampons, especially scented ones.

  • Wear cotton underwear.

  • Avoid tight pants and panty hose.

  • Tell your sexual partner that you have a yeast infection. They should go to their caregiver if they have symptoms such as mild rash or itching.

  • Your sexual partner should be treated if your infection is difficult to eliminate.

  • Practice safer sex. Use condoms.

  • Some vaginal medications cause latex condoms to fail. Ask your caregiver this.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop a fever.

  • The infection is getting worse after 2 days of treatment.

  • The infection is not getting better after 3 days of treatment.

  • You develop blisters in or around your vagina.

  • You develop vaginal bleeding, and it is not your menstrual period.

  • You have pain when you urinate.

  • You develop intestinal problems.

  • You have pain with sexual intercourse.