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What causes foul vaginal odor?

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Dr. Rakhi Tayal


Practicing since :2001

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Posted on Mon, 2 Jul 2018 in Vaginal and Uterus Health
Question: I have a foul odor from vaginal area. No pain, no discharge.
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 23 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Can be bacterial vaginosis.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for posting your query.
Bacterial vaginosis — an overgrowth of normally occurring vaginal bacteria — is the most common vaginal infection that causes a vaginal odor. Trichomoniasis — a sexually transmitted infection — also can lead to vaginal odor. Poor hygiene or tight fitting clothing or fabric that doesn’t breathe can cause sweat and bacteria to get trapped which can cause and unpleasant odor.
Simply use soap and water to clean the outside of your vaginal area. Rinse well and XXXXXXX your skin with a towel until it is dry before you put your underwear on.

If your vaginal odor doesn’t go away, make an appointment with your health care provider and get checked out. There is treatment available. Proper antibiotics are needed in case the foul odour persists.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
I hope this answers your query.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal.

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