Vaginitis Summary
Vaginitis is any type of vaginal infection or inflammation. The six most common types of vaginitis are Candida (yeast infections), bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis vaginitis, chlamydia vaginitis, viral vaginitis, and noninfectious vaginitis. Symptoms include itching, burning, and abnormal vaginal discharge. Treatment is different for each type of vaginitis.
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Vaginitis facts

  • Vaginitis refers to any type of inflammation or infection of the vagina.
  • There are different types of vaginitis including yeast vaginitis (yeast infection), bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis vaginal infection ("trich"), and non-infectious vaginitis due to chemical irritation.
  • Treatment for vaginitis depends upon the cause. Antibiotics are used to treat vaginal infections while antifungal or supportive care is indicated for other forms of vaginitis.
  • Some forms of vaginitis are due to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
  • Symptoms of vaginitis can include burning, itching, discomfort, pain with urination or sexual intercourse, and vaginal discharge.

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Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina that arises from any cause. Infections with bacteria, yeast, or Trichomonas organisms are common causes of vaginitis, but physical or chemical irritation can also lead to inflammation and vaginitis. Some of the infections that cause vaginitis are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but most forms of vaginitis are not due to STDs. Often, the vulvar area is also inflamed along with vaginitis, a condition that is referred to as vulvovaginitis.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/28/2014

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