Vaginitis is the inflammation of vagina that generally develops along with inflammation of the vulva, a condition called vulvovaginitis. Infectious vaginitis may be caused due to bacteria, fungus, or a parasitic organism. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common bacterial infection that can cause vaginitis. The disease can cause vaginal pain.
Are you worried because your vagina smells or stinks? Vaginal odor in women is not so uncommon. This may be due to many reasons. Infection can be one of them. But it is not always due to an infection. It may be due to your food and drinking habit, lifestyle etc.
Vaginal discharge is a fluid or semi-solid substance that is released from the vaginal opening. Most women have at least some vaginal discharge and it is normal. If the vaginal discharge is not normal, it is considered a sign of some disease or health problem such as an infection.
Vaginitis is a common condition that affects girls and women of all ages. The discharge from vagina is accompanied by a bad odor and is of different color. The condition causes irritation and pain. People with vaginitis experience severe discomfort and irritation in the genital region. Painful sexual intercourse is another sign.
There are two types of bacteria in the vagina. One is good that protects the vagina and maintains the balance and the other is bad that is harmful and disturbs the balance of vagina. When the number of bad bacteria increases and that of good bacteria reduces, the balance of the vagina is disturbed and an infection occurs.
Mild cases (non-infectious vaginitis) vaginitis can be treated by just adopting some preventive measures. However, severe cases which carry more severe risks, require a proper treatment under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis are severe types of infections and increase a woman's risk of getting HIV infection.