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Suggest treatment for burning sensation and itching in the vagina

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Dr. Deepti Verma

OBGYN, Maternal and Fetal Medicine

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Posted on Mon, 29 Aug 2016 in Women's Health
Question: Hi,

My mother had a problem at vaginal driness and burning sensation. she went to doctor and they did gram stein ( vaginal swab) test and results are showing occasional gram positive bacilli and positive cocci pairs seen ... she prescribed some gel to treat this . Fyi, she doesnt have uterus and it was removed 20 years back... My questions are below and pls advice ...

1) is this only bacterial infection ?
2) she is unble to bear the pain so doctor has given some steriods and she felt good after that . Is steriods are good for this treatment ?
Also she adviced ice theorpy ?
3) is this dangerous illness ? Or any kind of cancer related ?
Pls advice
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Answered by Dr. Deepti Verma 20 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Vaginal atrophy due to hormonal changes

Detailed Answer:
Hi dear,
I have gone through your question and understand your concerns.
I will answer your questions as you asked.
1. Vaginal dryness and burning sensation is most likely due to vaginal atrophy which is due to estrogen hormone deficiency due to age and uterus removal. Bacterial infection can be superimposed, but this bacteria in gram stain seems to be the normal bacteria present in the vagina and not pathological.
A vaginal swab culture is must to diagnose the type of infection.
2.Steroids can be taken for short term relief, and not for long term.
3.Ice therapy will not help.
No, it is unlikely to be dangerous illness.
It is common in post menopausal and post hysterectomy females.
She can use estrogen cream for relief.
Hope you found the answer helpful.
Regards
Dr Deepti Verma
OBGYN
Maternal and fetal medicine specialist
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