Severe Vaginal Infection

Severe Vaginal Infection in Annandale

In the US, vaginal infections are the most common reason women see their gynecologist. Some can be more serious than others, though none of them should be left untreated. If you are unsure of what is causing your symptoms, it is best to see your doctor right away.

What Is a Severe Vaginal Infection?

A healthy, normal vagina contains flora including bacteria. When factors change the environment of your vagina, this can enable the overgrowth of “bad” bacteria and other microorganisms.

The following can alter the environment of your vagina:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Certain medications like antibiotics
  • Douching
  • Hormonal changes
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual intercourse

These vaginal infections are the most frequently treated:

  • Bacterial vaginosis: Caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in your vagina, bacterial vaginosis is not sexually transmitted. However, being sexually active can increase your risk of getting it. It can clear up on its own, but it can also return when left untreated, so treatment is strongly recommended.
  • Thrush: This can be a very unpleasant vaginal infection that causes itching, soreness, and thick vaginal discharge. If you are pregnant and develop thrush, it is important you see your OB/GYN as soon as possible.
  • Trichomoniasis: A sexually transmitted infection, trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite. This infection can occur without symptoms but can also present itself with a foul-smelling discharge. When left untreated, trichomoniasis can lead to infertility and problems during pregnancy.
  • Yeast infection (vaginal candidiasis):A fungal infection, which can cause itching and burning, is not dangerous. However, it can spread to other areas of your body if left untreated. Yeast infections are often mistaken for other vaginal disorders. If you suspect you have one, it is best to see your gynecologist instead of guessing and trying to treat it on your own.

What Are the Symptoms of a Severe Vaginal Infection?

Symptoms of a severe vaginal infection can vary depending on the cause. However, the most common symptoms include but are not limited to itching, burning, redness, unusual discharge / odor, and swelling. You might also experience pain during sex and / or urination, as well as abdominal pain or discomfort.

How Are Severe Vaginal Infections Diagnosed?

In order to properly diagnose a severe vaginal infection, you will need to visit your women’s healthcare specialist. Your gynecologist will want to review your medical history, and the symptoms you are experiencing, as well as order tests including a urinalysis. They will likely perform a pelvic exam as well. Your treatment will be based on their findings.

How Are Severe Vaginal Infections Treated?

Your treatment will depend on the type of vaginal infection you have. The most common treatments for severe vaginal infections include but are not limited to oral medications, over-the-counter antifungal creams / ointments, or hormone therapy.

It should be noted that noninfectious vaginitis is also common among women. Although it is vaginal irritation not caused by any infection, it should still be treated. It can indicate an allergic reaction to perfumed soaps, detergents, douches, vaginal sprays, or spermicidal products.

Where Should I Go for Several Vaginal Infection Treatments in Annandale?

At Annandale Ob-gyn, we provide comprehensive gynecological care to women of all ages, including routine care and screening, diagnostic testing, and treatment for all severe vaginal infections.

For your convenience, we also have the most advanced equipment in our onsite laboratory. Many surgical procedures can be done at our facility too.

If you feel you may have a severe vaginal infection or have questions about our services, we encourage you to contact us at 703-642-7522. Please don’t delay treatment. Schedule your appointment with one of our board-certified gynecologists today!