Vaginal infections or Vaginitis is a condition that causes the inflammation and infection of the vagina. If the vulva and vagina are inflamed and infected, the condition is called Vulvovaginitis.
Symptoms of Vaginal Infection (Vaginitis) May Include:
- Itching around the vagina
- Burning during urination
- Irritation of the vaginal and vulvar
- Abnormal vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor
- Pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse
- Yeast – Yeast or Candida infection
- Bacteria – Bacterial vaginosis from bacteria such as E. coli, Chlamydia trachomatis, etc.
- Parasite –Trichomonas vaginalis
- Irritation from chemicals in contact with the area including creams, lotions, sprays, clothing, detergent, fabric softener
- Sexual Transmission of yeast, bacteria, viruses, parasites.
Diagnosing the cause of vaginitis can be difficult even for an experienced doctor, because more than one infection may be taking place at the same time. Also, infections can be present even though you may not have any symptoms. Some online or health food stores may offer at home diagnosing kits, or your doctor can order lab tests to determine the source of the infection.
Most medical doctors may prescribe oral antibiotics for vaginitis, however, the overuse of antibiotics in the past 20 years has increased the presence of Candida vaginitis. There are alternative means to treat vaginitis, especially if the infection is recurring. Both sexual partners should be treated in the event of an infection to prevent reinfection. Lifestyle changes should be made to increase immunity and prevent further recurrent infections.
Treatment & Therapies
- Chiropractic care will increase immunity for faster healing and decrease symptoms.
- Ionic foot bath will remove toxins and dead yeast, balance the body’s ionic field for faster healing.
- Diet modifications
- Nutritional supplements
- Herbal Remedies including douches, suppositories
- No sugars, fats, refined foods (processed foods)
- No overly sugary fruits like mango, bananas, etc.
- For yeast infection, no sugar, foods with yeast (including bread), fermented foods
- Garlic – antifungal properties
- Orange colored vegetables like carrots, pumpkin and other vegetables like cabbage, spinach, mustard greens
- Bioflavinoid rich foods like citrus fruits, apples, green tea. They are found in all fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices.
All forms of sugar including soda and sweet fruit should be avoided regardless of the cause of the vaginal infection. Sugars feed the yeast, bacteria, virus, or parasite that cause the infection and will cause them to multiply faster thereby increasing the infection.
- Broad spectrum probiotics or Acidophilus
- Vitamin A
- B complex
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Beta carotene
– Topical douche with iodine
– Internal douche using antiseptic herbs
- St. John’s Wort
- Fresh plantain
- Comfrey leaves – soothing
- Calendula – antiseptic and repairing
- Alternate antiseptic internal douche with Probiotic or Acidophilus douche
( 2 opened capsules to 1 Quart distilled or filtered and boiled water).
– Suppository of powdered boric acid mixed with berberis, hydrastis, and calendula herbs in a capsule
– Additional douche remedies:
- Apple cider vinegar (2 Tb to 1Quart distilled or filtered and boiled water)
- Garlic, fresh juice or capsule powdered in a solution of pure water
– To relieve itching, use these topically:
- Vitamin E
- Tea tree oil
- Black Walnut
- Pau D’Arco
Article written by Lisa Chau, M.Sc., writer for Chiropractor.com.