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A condition known as bacterial vaginosis, or BV, is a vaginal infection that occurs when the lactobacillus, the good bacteria, become outnumbered by unhealthy bacteria. The vaginal flora is a fragile environment that is acidic in nature and when the unhealthy bacteria upset and disrupt this state, an infection occurs. A yeast infection, on the other hand, is a vaginal infection that is not caused by bacteria. It is important to seek medical attention to distinguish between the two as they both exhibit some similar symptoms when an infection is developing. Tests ordered by your doctor will indicate what the source of your condition is and determine what treatment options will benefit you the most. Vaginosis treatment can vary from person to person depending on the stage of the infection and the severity of symptoms.

Additional vaginonis treatment that may be recommended by your physician may include multivitamin and mineral supplements to work in conjunction with the antibiotics to strengthen your immune system and give your body extra support in curing your condition. A well balanced diet that includes yogurt and milk products rich in active acidophilus cultures may be encouraged as well. These cultures help restore the vaginal flora that has been disrupted by a change in the acidic environment where good bacteria, known as lactobacillus, live and protect against unhealthy germs. This gives the good bacteria the opportunity to reproduce and regain dominance over the bad bacteria to aid in the healing process.

Echinacea and tea tree oil have been advocated as being effective in vaginonis treatment and in the prevention of vaginal infections. However, it must be noted that if you are on other prescription medications or are pregnant, it is very important to talk to your doctor before taking any herbal medicines. Dangerous drug interactions or complications in pregnancy can arise if extreme caution is not exercised. Garlic, nature’s “wonder” drug, is known to contain strong antibacterial properties that can aid in the attack and cure of infection and provide additional protection against the infection returning.

Your pharmacist can recommend topical ointments or creams that are sold over the counter to help relieve the itchiness and soreness associated with vaginal infections. A plain warm bath may help soothe irritated genital tissues but avoid soaps or bath oils as these may dry out sensitive skin and worsen symptoms. Another home remedy for vaginosis treatment is the application of cool compresses to the swollen areas as they can reduce the swelling by constricting blood vessels in the affected regions and offer some respite from your discomfort. As with any type of infection, it is very important to get professional medical advice to achieve an early diagnosis and begin a vaginonis treatment plan as soon as possible.

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