Vaginal Infections

GYN Emergent Care Center

OB-GYN & Emergency Room located in Long Beach, CA

GYN Emergent Care Center is the only emergency care facility in the Long Beach/Southern California area that is dedicated to the health and well being of women. Doctors at the facility specialize in the treatment of vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, and many other conditions that affect a woman's reproductive system.

Vaginal Infections Q & A

What Causes Vaginal Infections?

Vaginal infections can be caused by tight fitting clothing, sexual contact, or poor hygiene. Cleaning the vaginal area after sexual intercourse prevents bacteria from building up and causing problems. If not kept clean, vaginal infections may result in urinary tract infections if the bacteria makes its way up the urethra to the bladder. Many vaginal infections are the result of sexually transmitted diseases. These types of infections can be either viral or bacterial in nature and should be treated by a physician immediately to prevent them from being spread from person to person. In some situations, sexual intercourse is not needed to transmit a genital-based infection.

What Causes Yeast Infections?

Unlike a bacterial infection, a yeast infection is not caused by poor hygiene or a sexually transmitted disease. Yeast infections are caused by an imbalance in the body's, primarily the vagina's, pH balance. Certain medications can upset this delicate balance and cause problems within the digestive tract as well as in the vagina. The most common culprits are the many types of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill the good bacteria that help the body function as it should. Without it, the good forms of bacteria, the body's delicate pH balance goes awry causing unpleasant yeast infections that can result in intense itching, inflammation, and discomfort.

How are Various Vaginal Infections Treated?

Treatment will be determined by what is causing the infection. Antibiotics are normally prescribed for infections caused by sexually transmitted diseases. When antibiotics are prescribed, the patient will want to take the medications as directed by their physician so that the infection is taken care of quickly and efficiently. Yeast infections are treated with anti-fungal medications. Anti-fungals come in the form of topical creams or oral medications. If any type of infection is present, it is extremely important to keep the area as clean as possible to prevent the infection from returning or causing further discomfort.