Toilet infections (Vaginal Infections) which are often referred to as toilet disease by some people is a condition in which a female experiences discomfort such as burning, itching and unpleasant odor from the vagina.
Toilet infection is medically termed as vaginal infection or vaginitis, and they are conditions that cause infection or inflammation of the vagina creating a discharge, foul odor, and irritation and itching.
The condition is often referred to as toilet infection because most ladies start experiencing the discomfort after they use public toilet seat.
Toilet infections can be very uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing as the itching tends to occur when you are in public.
There are several kinds of toilet infections, but the most common types are:
- Viral vaginitis
- Bacterial Vaginosis
- Vaginal Yeast Infection
- Others include
- Non Infectious vaginitis
Vaginitis has many causes and you may have more than one at the same time, thus, knowing the exact type of toilet infection you are experiencing may be a bit difficult despite that they may have different symptoms
Facts About Toilet (Vaginal) Infections
Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina, often due to vaginal infections. It is difficult to diagnose because it has many causes. Most sufferers use a variety of over-the-counter medications to treat the itching, discharge, and discomfort of these conditions.
Vaginitis occurs when the vaginal flora and fauna has been changed by certain medications such as antibiotics, hormones, contraceptive preparations, vaginal medication, sexual intercourse, sexually transmitted diseases, stress, etc…
Some vaginal infections are transmitted through sexual contact, although some, such as yeast infections, probably are not. Others may be due to hormonal changes (especially when a woman is going through menopause) or due to trauma. Some infections are associated with more serious underlying diseases.
Many women often think they have a yeast infection when, in fact, they have a similar vaginal infection that will not respond to yeast medications. A study by the American Sexual Health Association reported that 62% of women mistake bacterial vaginosis for a yeast infection, before being diagnosed.
The important thing is to recognize the symptoms if you develop a vaginal infection and to see your healthcare practitioner for precise testing. This will help you get the most appropriate and effective treatment right away.
Symptoms of Toilet Infections
The common symptoms of the various kinds of toilet infection are;
- vaginal discharge, and
Some amount of vaginal discharge occurs normally in women of childbearing age, as the glands in the cervix produce a secretion that moves downwards mixing with bacteria, dead vaginal cells and Bartholin’s gland secretions near the opening of the vagina which may make the discharge whitish or yellowish in color.
There are times during the menstrual cycle when the cervical glands produce more mucus than others, depending on the amount of estrogen produced, and that is normal.
Sexual excitement and emotional stress can both increase the normal physiologic vaginal discharge, which is frequently clear, and watery in consistency.
If your vaginal discharge is abnormal in color and has a foul smell, you may be developing a form of toilet infection (vaginitis).
The following are the symptoms of each type of Toilet (vaginal) infection:
- Itching around the vagina
- Burning during urination
- Abnormal vaginal discharge with a foul odor
- Discharge may be thin with white or gray color
- It is also possible that some women may not have any symptoms
Vaginal Yeast Infection
- Vaginal discharge is thick and whitish-gray in color
- Vaginal discharge that can be itchy when it comes
- Painful urination
- painful intercourse
- Strong itching around the vagina
Symptoms of trichomoniasis occur within 4 to 20 days after exposure since it is a sexually transmitted disease
- lathered vaginal discharge with yellow-green or gray color
- Burning during urination
- Itching of the vagina
- Foul smelling discharges
- Discomfort during intercourse
In general, Pain is not a frequent symptom of vaginal infections and should prompt you to see your health care practitioner, if you do experience pain.
There is a condition called vulvodynia, where you may have burning, stinging, irritation, or rawness of your genitalia. Vulvodynia is defined by symptoms, and there is often no infection or skin disease of the vagina. You may have intermittent pain, off and on. This is an odd condition that requires further management with your doctor or healthcare practitioner.
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