There is a difference between vaginitis and vaginosis. And, if you don’t understand this difference, you will get sucked into paying an arm and a leg for e-books and remedies that will have no effect what-so-ever on your vaginal infection except to, perhaps, make it worse.
Knowing what type of vaginal condition you are dealing with is extremely important. Vaginitis and bacterial vaginosis are not the same condition, at all. What works for one will not work for the other. Some classify vaginosis under the ‘vaginitis’ umbrella. However, this is not correct.
Many highly respected practitioners provide false information (and so-called cures) simply because wrong terminology is being used. Many websites that offer symptom relief and remedies for bacterial vaginosis are actually talking about yeast infection, which is a fungal infection (vaginitis) not a bacterial infection.
In fact, once you finally understand the terminology it is very difficult to find quality information about how to truly cure bacterial vaginosis, which is often simply called BV. Medical doctors precribe antibiotics, such as Metronidazole and Clindamicin, for BV, which rarely help and often only serve to create repeat or secondary infections.
Over-the-counter yeast medications may help to relieve symptoms of vaginitis (yeast infection), but they can do nothing to get rid of vaginosis (bacterial infection) and vice versa. Prescriptions for bacterial infections will not get rid you of a yeast infection (fungal infection).
Symptoms of Vaginitis & Vaginosis
Vaginitis (yeast infections) typically produces a lumpy, white discharge, with swelling of the vulva.
Bacterial infections (vaginosis) produce a yogurt-like or pasty discharge that is yellow or gray, and smells a bit fishy, especially after intercourse.
Both are caused by a decrease of lactobacilli in the vagina and both can cause itching, burning, and pain during intercourse. Both can also be transmitted sexually, although not necessarily. Other symptoms of vaginal infections may also include vaginal burning, stinging, irritation, rawness, unusual discharge, odor, lumps or bumps on the labia that itch and then disappear much like hives. Men can be carriers of fungus and bacteria without having symptoms, by the way.
Sore, raw, red patches of skin on the labia or just inside the vaginal opening may also be related to vaginal atrophy associated with Vulvodynia.
If you are living with HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus) any itching, burning or blisters may be related to a herpes breakout. Chronic vaginal infections weaken the immune system and may dispose you to more frequent herpes breakouts.
A common cause of Bacterial Vaginosis is an over-growth of the normal bacteria Gardnerella, which is caused by declining Lactobacilli bacteria in the vagina. This over-growth allows other natural organisms to multiply rapidly. Other types of bacteria include Escherichia coli, Mycoplasma, Streptococci and Staphlyococci bacteria.
Vaginitis, more commonly referred to as a yeast infection, involves an overgrowth of fungus, rather than bacteria. Both, vaginitis and vaginosis can develop quite on their own as a reaction to deodorants, soaps, fragranced douches, feminine products, laundry detergent sensitivities, dyed toilet paper, perfumes, body washes and even excessive washing. They can also be caused by a sexual partner engaging in these things and can, in some instances, be sexually transferred.
Possible Causes of Vaginosis & Vaginitis
Reactions to natural chemicals in plant foods, especially oxalates, which are known to commonly cause muscular aches and pains, including bladder pain, in people who are sensitive to them. TCL's Wellness Handout, The Oxalate & Salicylate Foods & Substances Lists, is instantly FREE when you subscribe to The Captains Lady.
Tight clothing, which does not allow the vagina to 'breathe'.
Sex without proper lubrication, which irritates the vaginal lining.
Food allergies or sensitivities, dehydration, an unbalanced diet.
Vaginal dryness, burning, redness, tenderness and patchy areas may also be caused by Fibromyalgia and Sjogren's Syndrome/Disease, which are autoimmune disorders.
Virus. It is now thought, in some circles, that it is possible for viruses to cause bacterial infections.
Bacterial infection migrating to the vaginal area or parasites (worms).
An over-abundance of the mineral, Iron. Infectious bacteria thrive off of iron. In fact, when you have a bacterial infection, your body will try to hide excess iron in your liver, spleen, and bone marrow. So, if you have a bacterial infection, lay low on iron (talk to your doctor) until you get rid of your infection.
Surgeries and other traumas to the lower back may also cause this condition by weakening body structures so that the tissue cells of the vagina do not receive enough oxygen.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Muscle tension and/or muscle abnormalities in the pelvic floor leading to lack of blood flow and oxygen to the vaginal tissues leading to symptoms.
Sitting more than 75% of the day, especially on hard surfaces. Sitting too long (especially for much of the day) can cause muscle tension and abnormalities. It also prevents the vagina from gaining air. This keeps the vagina dark, moist, and warm, a condition in which bacteria thrives in.
Spiritual/Psychological causes of Vaginal Dis-Ease: Fear of intimacy, not necessarily just physical intimacy, but emotional as well.
Maddeningly itchy or painful vaginal irritations and infections are no fun and can cause more serious health issues. Not to mention, they are hard on a woman's self-esteem, as well as promote more frequent or painful herpes breakouts in women living with HSV.
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