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How Many Types of Vaginal Bacterial Infections Exist?
There are three main types of bacterial infections that affect the vagina. These include bacterial vaginosis, the common yeast infection and Trichomonas vaginalis infection. The most common bacterial infections vaginal is bacterial vaginosis. This type of infection is common in sexually active women and can be asymptomatic, meaning the infection presents with no symptoms. If symptoms are present however, it is typically accompanied by a fishy odor in combination with a creamy white discharge. This type of infection is confirmed by the presence of clue cells in a vaginal swab that can be performed by your doctor in a regular checkup at the gynecologist.
Yeast infections are the second most common types of bacterial infection and is characterized by a cottage cheese like discharge with no odor. It can be accompanied by intense itching and burning around the vulvar area. Due to the intense itching patients may scratch and cause redness and burning. The patient may mistake this type of infection with a type of bacterial skin infections.
The third most common type of vaginal infection is the sexually transmitted trichomonas vaginalis. This type of infection is extremely painful and is characterized by a yellow-green discharge and intense inflammation of the vaginal wall that may cause painful sexual intercourse.
The most important thing to know about these types of infections is that there is no need to suffer. These three in particular do have treatment options that are as simple as an ovule, cream or antibiotic. If you suspect you have one of these bacterial infections it is important to consult a doctor as soon as possible to alleviate the painful symptoms.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Bacterial Infections5 Jan 2010|