Do you know that untreated toilet infections (vaginal infection) can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which can result in infertility in women? You can prevent toilet infection by observing the following:
- Stop Vaginal douching, and just use clean water to wash your vagina when bathing if you feel dirty.
- Always change your inner-wears, at least, every day and if you live in places that are hot, you need to change twice.
- Always stand or just bend while urinating, as this prevents you from getting the infection through splashing of the urine.
- Do not share inner-wears. Yes, it is the truth; some ladies do that
- Stop using Perfume on the vagina, and stop the use of perfume or scented soap on the vagina.
- Use Cotton Inner-wears which can absorb moisture easily than nylon. This will help prevent irritation of the vaginal environment.
- Care in Intercourse, and make sure you are not wounded in the process, because some people tend to use some unimaginable means. Try not to harm yourself either through abrasion or through the use of some objects because a tear, scratch or injury breaks the natural barrier of the skin and infection can more easily ensue.
How Is Vaginal Infection Diagnosed
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and perform a physical exam. Urine tests and samples of any discharge will likely be done, and you may be asked certain personal questions like:
- When did this condition begin?
- Has the discharge been the same throughout the month?
- What does the discharge look like?
- What are its color and consistency?
- Is there an odor?
- Do you have pain, itching, or burning?
- Have you changed detergents or soaps recently?
- Do you often wear tight underwear or pants/jeans? Etc…
The doctor will likely inspect your vagina and cervix for any discharge or lesions. Also, a speculum can be introduced into the vagina to see the cervix, during the vaginal examination. Swabs will be taken of any discharge to determine if the infection is fungal (yeast), protozoan (trichomoniasis), or bacterial (bacterial vaginosis).
In some cases, a Pap test will be performed to exclude the possibility of cervical cancer, but newer DNA-based tests are quite accurate for diagnosing vaginal infections.
A colposcopy which uses a lighted microscope to get a magnified view of the surface of the cervix might be recommended if your cervix appears abnormal.
Treatment of Toilet Infections
Know that your doctor understands your health condition better, and your doctor knows best on how to treat you when you are asked questions related to your health. When treating yourself for Toilet infections, the drug you may use for treatment of the infection may not be good for some medical conditions that you may have.
Antibiotics are the recommended treatment for bacterial vaginosis, and may include:
- metronidazole (Flagyl) taken by either oral (pill) form or vaginal metronidazole gel (Metrogel). The oral metronidazole can cause some minor but unpleasant side effects, and the gels do not typically cause side effects, although yeast vaginitis can occur as a side effect of the medication.
- Vaginal clindamycin cream (Cleocin)
- Tinidazole (Tindamax) which is an antibiotic that appears to be effective in treating bacterial vaginosis, and may have fewer side effects than metronidazole.
Recurrence of bacterial vaginosis is possible and it is unclear why so many recurrent infections develop. However, following recurrent symptoms, the second course of antibiotics is generally prescribed.
Treatment of bacterial vaginosis in pregnant women is recommended to decrease the risk of pregnancy-associated complications related to infection.
Drug Treatment of Yeast infection
Yeast infections are treated usually but not always with vaginal creams and vaginal applications rather than oral medication.
Infections are treated with an Oral single dose of an anti-fungal drug which could include:
- Fluconazole (Diflucan) or Itraconazole (Sporanox): These drugs are taken once or for 3-5 days with the same cure rates, but care must be taken because they might cause liver problems and the symptoms of liver problems may manifest with yellowish skin, yellowish eyes, and/or pale stools. Stop taking the drug and see your doctor immediately, if you begin to notice any of these signs.
- Less severe infections are treated with drugs such as:
Vaginal tablet, in which the tablet is inserted into the Vagina and has been found to be effective. Also, a Cream application using an applicator stick can be used for 7 to 14 days. Your choice of tablet or cream depends on your convenience or availability of the drug, and please, continue with the drug for about 7 days or till 14 days depending on your doctor’s prescription so as to properly and completely treat the infection and to prevent it from reoccurring.
For individuals that keep having infections even after treatment (Recurrent infection), this type is treated with oral Fluconazole and Itraconazole or vaginal clotrimazole and you might need to do that for a period of six(6) months.
Complications of Toilet Infections
When not treated immediately, or even when treatment seems not to work, complications do arise that may lead mainly to Infertility.
When the Immune system is not strong either due to HIV, Diabetes, Pregnancy, etc, the infection can be so severe that it can cause Death.
For pregnant women, toilet (vaginal) infections, without treatment, can affect your baby. Your baby may be born with low birth weight and may be born prematurely.