Bacterial infections normally thrive in moist and unhygienic areas. Vaginal infections caused by bacteria are very common and most women would have gone through a couple of them at some point of their lives.
The most common form of bacterial infection affecting the vagina is bacterial vaginosis. Even though urinary tract infections are actually infections of the bladder, the effects are felt in the vagina as well, causing burning sensation, pain etc. during urination and itching as well.
Causes of Bacterial Vaginal Infection
Several factors come into play while detecting chronic bacterial infections. Diet, lifestyle and sexual contact have to be blamed mostly for the problem. As bacterial infections are the types to occur as a recurrent problem, it is important to restrict your habits and keep the Ph balance in the vagina. Douching, using intra uterine devices and sexual activity too can cause bacterial vaginal infections.
How To Treat Bacterial Vaginal Infection
The burning sensation associated with bacterial vaginal infection can be very distressing.
To provide relief, pure aloe vera, extracted from the stalk of aloe can be applied inside the vaginal canal. Aloe has great cooling and antibacterial properties as well and helps in relieving the burning sensation immediately.
Yoghurt with live culture can be applied into the vagina for relief from itching and burning and also to destroy the bacterial action that is causing the vaginal infection.
A cup of curd can be taken internally as well.
The anti inflammatory and antibacterial qualities of garlic will come to your rescue during vaginal infections caused by bacteria.
4-5 cloves of garlic can be taken a day and garlic juice can be applied on the affected area to suppress the bacterial action.
In severe cases of bacterial vaginal infections, antibiotics may become necessary. If the infection continues without treatment, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease which can affect your fertility.
Sometimes women may experience no symptom at all which will make bacterial vaginal infections difficult to treat. If you feel a foul odour with white or thin vaginal discharge, treat it seriously.
OTC Drugs and Creams
Bacterial infections that are mild to moderate can easily be treated with over the counter creams, gels or medications.
Most women resort to OTC drugs for treatment and almost always find relief from the condition.
Change of Habits
Use of vaginal lubricants, perfumed bathing products etc. must be avoided and bubble bath too must be stopped to prevent further infection due to Ph imbalance. Vaginal douching is another cause for bacterial infections and must be stopped. IUD devices that are used for birth control measures must be stopped if you have chronic bacterial vaginal infections. Vitamin and zinc tablets will help in increasing immunity and prevent infections in general.