Abnormal vaginal discharge
is a common complaint across all age groups. The discharge may be due to excessive (physiological) formation of secretions or due to an infections. When it is not due to infection, the discharge does not have any foul smell and does not cause irritation and itching. This is called as Leucorrhoea
and is seen around ovulation, during sexual excitement and before menstruation
. This discharge can be due to hormonal changes also.
Discharge due to infection is foul smelling and causes much irritation. Non-specific vaginitis
occurs commonly in debilitated women, pill users, pregnancy and diabetics. Specific infections occur due to candida (fungus), trichomonas or bacteria. Poor hygiene predisposes to such infections.
Lactobacilli (Myconip, vaginal tab) is used to restore vaginal acidity and thus reduce bacterial growth
. Lactobacilli is also useful in leucorrhoea and recurrent vaginits. A number of fixed dose combinations or kits are available for treatment of mixed vaginal infections.
High standards of personal hygiene are an essential part of the treatment.