How is vaginitis treated?

Updated: Dec 04, 2018
  • Author: Hetal B Gor, MD, FACOG; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Treatment of vaginitis may include sitz baths and instruction regarding proper toilet and hygiene techniques. Many women assume vaginal symptoms are the result of a sexually transmitted disease (STD), which is often not the case. A patient’s idea of vaginal normality may be inaccurate and result in increased or unnecessary treatment seeking. Also educate patients regarding the following:

  • Avoiding irritants in the vaginal area, such as perfumes, soaps, and panty liners, among others.
  • After swimming or exercise, which keeps the vaginal area moist, air-drying the area or changing the underwear.
  • Always cleaning the area from front to back.

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