Vaginal Infection

Related Terms

  • Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Candida
  • Candidal Yeast Infection
  • Gardnerella
  • Trichomonas
  • Vaginal Yeast Infection
  • Vaginitis
  • Yeast Infection Vaginal


Principal Proposed Natural Treatments

  • None

Other Proposed Natural Treatments

There are three main causes of vaginal infections: the fungus (yeast) Candida albicans , the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis , and the bacterial organism Gardnerella vaginalis . Factors that can contribute to vaginal infections include antibiotics (which kill friendly bacteria, allowing yeast to grow), corticosteroids and HIV (which suppress the immune system), oral contraceptives and pregnancy (which alter the vaginal environment by changing hormone levels), and diabetes (increased sugar levels provide a friendly environment for yeast). Conventional medical treatment for vaginal infections caused by candida include vaginal suppositories containing antifungal medications or, in some cases, oral antifungal medications. Women with diabetes often find that yeast infections are less common when their blood sugar levels are well controlled.Trichomonas infections are treated with oral metronidazole, and gardnerella infections with oral or vaginal metronidazole or vaginal clindamycin. So-called nonspecific vaginitis is usually caused by gardnerella , but there are other causes.

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