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OH, MY VAGINA! DO I HAVE VAGINA INFECTION?

The medical term for an infection in the vagina is vaginitis. The infection caused by any pathogenic organism such as streptococcus, staphylococcus, Trichomonasvaginalis or maybe Candida. It can happen in a child of age one to five years old, adults and old women.

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OH, MY VAGINA! DO I HAVE VAGINA INFECTION?
OH, MY VAGINA! DO I HAVE VAGINA INFECTION?

But How Do You Get Infected?

The organism can transmit from a child or adult by hands or clothes. Sometimes a foreign body such as a pin is inserted by the child into the vagina can cause infection. Wiping your butt from your anus to vagina may transfer organism to the vagina.

A child with a near infection or tonsillitis can transmit bacteria by hand to her genital area as she is touching it.

Sexual abuse is leading to any sexually transmitted disease as gonorrhea.

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Or nylon underclothes and harsh soap may cause the infection in your vagina.

So What Are The Symptoms Of Vagina Infection?

  1. Vaginal discharge. Purulent (pus discharge), blood stained if there is a foreign body or cervical polyp (growth that appear on the cervix look like bulbs on thin stems).
  2. Irritation, pain, and soreness due to discharge.
  3. Severe itching of the skin area around genital.
  4. Pain during peeing like burning sensation and the frequency of peeing is an increase.

How Does Your Genital Look Like If Infected?

The vulva is inflamed, red, tender, sometimes oedematous and bathed in discharge. The labia minora might stick together but can be separated apart leaving inflamed red surfaces.

What Treatment Will You Get?

You need to get proper treatment in the hospital to avoid further infection.

A specific antibiotic is given according to the nature of the organism. For non-specific vaginitis, estrogen cream is applied to the vulva each night for about two weeks. It increases local resistance to infection and relieves soreness.

Any foreign body must be removed. Local washes with warm water and boiling of the underclothes which should be cotton. If one of your child infected, you must isolate from other children to prevent cross infection.

Take extra precaution in sexual activity to avoid sexually transmitted disease which can cause infection to your vagina.

Monitor your daughter during her play time or any changes happen to her. Since prevention is better than cure isn’t it?.

Reviewed by Dr. Nida Hayat Khan
Editor @ BioScience.pk
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  • Nur Artiqah Noor Zohori is an MBBS degree holder. She also enjoys writing on a wide variety of topics from home decor to exercise and nutrition to career development issues.

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