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Vaginitis

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Vaginitis is an inflammation or infection of the vagina.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Medicines:

You may need any of the following:

  • Antifungals are used to treat a fungal infection. They may be given as a cream, gel, or tablet you insert into your vagina.
  • Antibiotics are used to fight an infection caused by bacteria.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Self-care:

  • Wash your vagina with mild soap and warm water each day. Gently dry the area after washing.
  • Do not douche or insert other irritating products into your vagina.
  • Do not wear tight-fitting clothes or undergarments. These can make your symptoms worse.
  • Do not have sex until your symptoms go away. When you have sex, always use a condom. Condoms can help protect you from contact with fluids from your partner that may be causing your vaginitis.

Prevent vaginitis:

  • Wipe from front to back after you urinate.
  • Do not use irritating products , such as bubble baths or perfumed soaps.

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have abdominal pain.
  • Your symptoms get worse, even after treatment.
  • Your symptoms return.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have unusual vaginal bleeding.
  • You have severe abdominal pain.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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