Bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection?
Bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection, which one am I suffering? Don’t feel embarrassed if you ask this question, as many women share the same conundrum in their mind. This article will try to explain the differences between the two vaginal conditions that affect women around the world.
About 75% of women experience inflammation of the vagina (or medically known as vaginitis) at some point of their lives. This condition is rather common and can be caused by a variety of reasons. Two of the most important contributing factors to vaginitis are vaginal yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis.
Besides sharing a common symptom of inflammation of the vagina, other signs and symptoms can be quite similar between these two conditions. So if you are suffering from vaginitis or any other vaginal symptoms, how do you know if it is bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection, or some other disorders?
There is in fact a distinctive symptom of bacterial vaginosis that separates it from other vaginal disorders. First, let’s get to know more about these two conditions.
Bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection – what is the difference?
1) Vaginal yeast infection
The most common type of fungus accountable for vaginal yeast infection is Candida albicans. It is not unusual to find yeast present in the vagina of healthy women, but vaginal yeast infections can occur under either of these conditions: when there is an overgrowth of the yeast already residing in the vaginal area, or when new yeast invades the vagina.
Overgrowth of yeast in the vagina is usually caused by normal protective bacteria being wiped out, which can happen when antibiotics are taken to treat another infection. A suppressed or weak immune system may also allow yeast to invade and overgrow, thus causing infections.
Common symptoms of yeast vaginitis include vaginal itching, and burning sensation and pain during urination or intercourse. There may or may not be vaginal discharge. If there is vaginal discharge, it is usually thick, whitish and odorless.
2) Bacterial vaginosis
Similar to yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis is also a result of overgrowth of certain types of bacteria that are normally present in the vagina. Not all women with bacterial vaginosis will experience the symptoms, but those who do will have vaginal discharge, usually in gray or white color. The one symptom that differentiates bacterial vaginosis from yeast infection is this: the vaginal discharge has an unpleasant fishy smell.
Whether you have bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection, both can be cured permanently
If you think you have any of the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection, it is important to consult your doctor. You need a correct diagnosis before your doctor can prescribe the right treatment. While both conditions can be effectively treated with antibiotics, there are also ways to eliminate them permanently using natural approaches.
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