Wildwood Inn Health Retreat - Health Wellness Center

VAGINAL INFECTIONS

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Trichomoniasis

Cause: Trichomonas vaginitis (protozoan)

Signs & Symptoms:

 

1. Inflammation of vagina, producing burning and itching.

2. Frothy yellow-white or yellowish-brown vaginal discharge.

Objectives of Treatment:

 

1. To remove exudate, relieve inflammation, restore acidity, and re-establish normal bacterial flora.

2. Vinegar douche (2 Tbsp in 1 quart of water).

3. For recurrence, repeat treatment and include sexual partner.

Monilial infection

Cause: Candida albicans (fungus)

Signs & Symptoms:

1. Inflammation of vagina producing itching & reddish irritation.

2. White cheeselike discharge clinging to epithelium.

Objectives of Treatment:

1. To eradicate the fungus: Local applications of gentian violet.

2. To relieve other causative factors: Stop antibiotic therapy; determine if diabetes or other systemic disease is present.

Infection of Bartholin's gland

Cause: Escherichia coli, Trichomonas vaginitis Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Gonococcus

Signs & Symptoms:

1. Redness around Bartholin's gland.

2. Swelling and edema.

3. Development of Bartholin's abscess.

Objectives of treatment:

1. To drain the abscess or cause it to dissipate.

Cervicitis - acute and chronic

Cause: Gonorrhea, Streptococcus, Many pathogenic bacteria

Signs & Symptoms:

1. Profuse purulent vaginal discharge.

2. Backache.

3. Urinary frequency and urgency.

Objectives of Treatment:

1. To determine the cause: Cytologic examination of cervical smear.

2. To eradicate the gonococcus: Use well done fever treatments.

Postmenopausal vaginitis (atrophic vaginitis)

Cause : Lack of estrin effects

Signs & Symptoms:

1. Loss of redness, tissue folds, and epithelial covering of the vagina.

2. Itching and burning.

Objectives of Treatment:

1. Perineal pour 4-6 times daily.

2. Vitamin E oil capsule inserted each night high in vagina.

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The majority of this content is taken from Dr. Agatha Thrash of Uchee Pines Institute, printed with permission by Wildwood Inn Health Retreat.

 


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