WHAT IS NONSPECIFIC VAGINITIS?
A suffix of 'itis' means inflammation of the part to
which 'itis' is added. In this case it means inflammation or infection of the
vagina. Non-specific vaginitis implies that any of several agents, including gardnerella,
escherichia coli, mycoplasma, streptococci, staphylococci and viruses could have caused
the infection. These infections are contagious and are transmitted to sexual partner(s). In
addition to vagina, it can also affect urethra, bladder, and skin around the genitals.
SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED
Female adolescents and adults.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Severity of the following symptoms varies between women
and from time to time in the same woman:
RISK INCREASES WITH
- Diabetes mellitus.
- Illness that has lowered resistance.
HOW TO PREVENT
- Keep the genital area clean. Use plain unscented soap.
- Wear cotton panties. Avoid panties made from
non-ventilating materials, such as nylon.
- Don't sit around in wet clothing.
- After urination or passing stools, cleanse by wiping or
washing from front to back (vagina to anus).
- Lose weight if, overweight.
- Adhere strictly to treatment plan, if diabetic.
- Observation of symptoms.
- History and examination (including pelvic exam) by a
- Laboratory studies, such as a Pap smear
and culture of the vaginal discharge.
Secondary bacterial infection of the vagina.
Usually curable in 2 weeks with treatment. Sexual partner
must be treated simultaneously.
- Follow the first 4 instructions under How to Prevent.
- If urinating causes burning:
- Urinate through a tubular device, such as a toilet-paper
roll or plastic cup with the end cut out.
- Urinate while bathing.
Your doctor may prescribe:
- Antibiotics or antiparasitic drugs for both partners.
- Soothing vaginal creams or lotions for non-specific forms
To protect clothing from creams or suppositories, use a thin sanitary pad
or panty liner. Store suppositories in the refrigerator. After treatment, you must ask your
doctor for a prescription, so you can begin treatment quickly if the infection recurs.
Follow the prescription directions carefully.
Avoid overexertion, heat and excessive sweating. Delay sexual relations until
after treatment is complete.
No special diet.
CALL YOUR DOCTOR, IF
- You have symptoms of vaginitis.
- Symptoms persist longer than 1 week or worsen, despite
- Unusual vaginal bleeding or swelling develops.