Gynecology - Vaginal/Vulvar Problems - Treatment
Treatment of Vaginitis
The goal of treatment is to eliminate the organisms or irritants that are causing the symptoms.
Infections are treated with antibiotic pills or shots, antifungal or antibacterial creams or gels, vaginal tablets, or vaginal inserts. Your health care provider may ask you to stop sexual activity for a time. Your provider may also ask that your partner be treated to prevent reinfection or spread of the infection.
Vaginitis caused by irritants can usually be treated by stopping exposure to the irritant. Some irritations are treated with steroid or hormone creams.
For women in menopause, vaginal dryness (atrophic vaginitis) can be treated with hormone pills or cream.
Do not treat vaginitis with nonprescription medicine without the approval of your health care provider. It could be the wrong treatment.
Never douche to get rid of vaginal symptoms.
The symptoms usually start to decrease after a day of treatment. Infections clear up in about a week. It is very important that you take all of your prescribed medicine, even if your symptoms are gone. This will help to prevent recurrence. If you stop taking your medicine after the symptoms are relieved but before the scheduled end of treatment, the infection or irritation may come back.
To help relieve the symptoms you can:
Call your health care provider if you notice a change in color, odor, consistency, or quantity of vaginal discharge.