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Some symptoms of vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina) and when to see a doctor

According to Medicalnewstoday, vaginitis is an inflammation of the female genital. It normally results from an infection. The patient typically has a discharge, itching, burning, and possibly pain.

It is a common condition, and most women will have it at least once at some time in their life.


According to Mayoclinic, vaginitis signs and symptoms can include:

1. Change in color, odor or amount of discharge from your genital

2. Genital itching or irritation

3. Pain during intercouse

4. Painful urination

5. Light genital bleeding or spotting.

If you have genital discharge, the characteristics of the discharge might indicate the type of vaginitis you have. Examples include:

1. Bacterial vaginosis. You might develop a grayish-white, foul-smelling discharge. The odor, often described as a fishy odor, might be more obvious after intercouse.

2. Yeast infection. The main symptom is itching, but you might have a thick white discharge that resembles cottage cheese.

3. Trichomoniasis. An infection called trichomoniasis (trik-o-moe-NIE-uh-sis) can cause a greenish-yellow, sometimes frothy discharge.

When to see a doctor

See your health care provider if you develop genital discomfort, especially if:

1. You have a particularly unpleasant genital odor, discharge or itching.

2. You've never had a genital infection. Seeing your health care provider can establish the cause and help you learn to identify the signs and symptoms.

3. You've had genital infections before.

4. You've had multiple love making partners or a recent new partner. You could have a sexually transmitted infection, some of which have signs and symptoms similar to those of a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis.

5. You've completed a course of over-the-counter anti-yeast medication and your symptoms persist.

6. You have a fever, chills or pelvic pain.

Wait-and-see approach

You probably don't need to see your health care provider every time you have genital irritation and discharge, particularly if:

1. You've previously had a diagnosis of genitaly yeast infection and your signs and symptoms are the same as before

2. You know the signs and symptoms of a yeast infection, and you're confident that's what you have.

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