Vaginitis is the term for any infection or inflammation of the vagina.
These inflammations or infections may cause:
- smelly abnormal vaginal discharge
There are different types of vaginitis, each having its own causes and symptoms:
- Yeast (Candida) infection is the most familiar form of vaginitis, occurring when too much of the fungus Candida grows in your vagina.
- Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in women of reproductive age, caused by an overgrowth of bacteria present in the vagina.
- Chlamydia is a curable infection, which many women have and don’t even know it.
- Herpes simplex virus (genital herpes) is caused by a virus, which can be controlled with certain treatments, but not cured.
- Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease that is caused by a parasite and is usually curable.
- A virus causes human papillomavirus (HPV), and it can be controlled but not cured.
- Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted bacterial disease cure treatment with antibiotics.
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