Definition of "vaginitis."
It is an inflammation of the lining of the vagina.
Symptoms vary with the type of infection present.
Type of vaginitis and associated signs and symptoms.
Monilial infection (candida albicans). Symptoms are itching; a dry, reddened vagina; and a white, cheese-like discharge.
Trichomonas. Symptoms are itching; burning; and a frothy, yellow, foul-smelling discharge.
Atrophic vaginitis, also known as senile vaginitis. Symptoms are itching; burning; and a thick, whitish discharge.
Gardenella infection. Symptom is a thin gray discharge with odor (no itching or burning present).
Cervicitis. Symptoms are profuse, purulent vaginal discharge; backache; and urinary frequency and urgency.
Factors that increase the risk of vaginitis.
Vaginal or oral contraceptives and antibiotics.
Ingestion of large amounts of carbohydrates.
Persistent use of deodorized tampons, bubble bath, feminine hygiene sprays, or vaginal douches.
Poor personal hygiene.
Sexual contact with an infected partner.
Measures to prevent or control vaginitis.
Follow diet that is well balanced, with minimal refined sugar products.
Use water-based lubricants such as KY gel instead of petroleum jelly.
Follow good personal hygiene practices such as only wiping from front to back.
Wear cotton-crotch underwear instead of nylon.
Avoid use of deodorized tampons, feminine hygiene sprays, and vaginal douches.
Avoid emotional stress.
Use condoms to prevent cross-contamination.
Take medication exactly as prescribed.