Suggest treatment for persistent vaginal discharge

Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2015 in Women's Health
Question: I have had some vaginal discharge for several months now. It varies in color from white or grey, but most of the time is greenish yellow. I saw my dr and was tested for gonorrhea and clymidia which were both negative. My pap was normal and did not show a bacterial or yeast infection. I was put on a 5 day course of flagyl anyway, but my symptoms did not improve. I then tried an otc course of monistat that didn't help either. I saw my dr again and pointed out a couple little bumps at the entrance to my vagina, but was told they are normal anatomy. The only other suggestion from my dr was to switch all my soaps and detergents to hypoallergenic and take probiotics, which I've done for a month now with no improvement. I have no other symptoms. The discharge for the most part is odorless and I have no irritation or itching.
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Get vaginal swab culture done.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for trusting us with your health concern.
Some amount of vaginal discharge is normal, there are glands that secrete a mucoid discharge that varies according to where a women is in her menstrual cycle.
At about day 14 of the cycle , when ovulation occurs there is an increase in secretions.

If the discharge is slightly yellow, with itching then it may be a yeast infection which can be treated with an over the counter anti fungal cream or ovules
If it is whitish gray with an odor then it may be due to bacterial vaginosis which is also treated with topical agents.

If there is a organism mixed with the mucus to cause a discharge, identification would require a swab to be done by your doctor.
You can get your vaginal swab culture sensitivity done to identify any specific infection.
Please feel free to discuss further. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal.
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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Rakhi Tayal 8 minutes later
I had a pap smear done which my dr told me was normal and showed no yeast or bacterial infection. The discharge is mostly greenish yellow with no odor or itching. I did 5 days of flagyl and a course of over the counter monistat with no relief. I've asked my dr to do a vaginal culture be she is reluctant to do it because she said if it was an infection it would have shown up on my pap smear, but I will inquire about it to her again.
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 34 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Vaginal swab will rule out infection completely.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing again.
The infection can best be ruled out by a vaginal swab culture. You can also do the following things-
1.Avoid irritation of the genital organs caused by various factors such as dirt, soiled under garments, intestinal worms and excessive mental stimulation of sex or masturbation.
2. One of the things you can add to your daily diet to treat leucorrhoea is a banana that is dipped in clarified butter or ghee. This should be eaten with breakfast and lunch.
3. Increase your intake of cranberry juice. This juice has quite a number of properties that are good for women and drinking this juice helps with the treatment of leucorrhoea.
4.You might have to take antifungal drugs orally along with these remedies to get relief.
Hope my answer is helpful.
Do accept my answer in case there are no further queries.

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