Vaginitis is a condition that causes the vagina to become inflamed, causing pain, itching and vaginal discharge, sometimes accompanied by odor. Vaginitis can be caused by:
an overgrowth of bacteria normally present in the vagina (but at lower levels)
irritation from soaps, douches or spermicides
thinning of the vaginal lining during menopause
a drop in estrogen levels
The treatment for vaginitis will depend on what's causing it. Vaginitis that's caused by bacteria, yeast or parasites can be treated with medication developed specifically for those organisms. When vaginitis is caused by a decrease in estrogen, hormone replacement therapy may be a good choice, and creams and ointments can also help.
Urinary tract infections usually develop when bacteria builds up within the urinary tract, causing symptoms like painful urination, burning when urinating, frequent urges to urinate and an inability to completely empty the bladder, or the sensation that the bladder is not empty. Blood in the urine, urine that appears cloudy or has a strong odor, and fever can also be symptoms. Left untreated, a UTI can spread to the kidneys and cause serious medical issues.
UTIs are usually diagnosed using a simple urine test to look for white and red blood cells and bacteria, and to determine the best medication to fight off the infection. Once diagnosed, treatment typically consists of a course of antibiotics to help eradicate the germs and relieve symptoms. If infections are chronic, you may need to have diagnostic imaging or minimally-invasive procedures to look for underlying causes like blockages that could be interfering with normal urine flow or enabling bacteria to build up.
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