Down There Care: The Most Common Female and Vaginal Health Problems

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Vaginal health plays an important role in a woman’s overall well-being. However, when it comes to genitals, we often treat this as a taboo subject, leaving many women in the dark as to appropriate treatment options.

“There are a number of common causes of vaginal problems,” says pharmacist Montana Grenfell of the Chemist Discount Centre.

“Some of the most common causes include the overgrowth of certain bacteria, yeast infections like Candida albicans, antibiotics, hormonal changes, a weakened immune system, stress, use of showers, tight-fitting clothing or detergent and fabric softener — to name a few.”

“It’s always best to speak to your local pharmacist if you have any symptoms – they can help you choose the right treatment for you.”

Based on the multitude of things that can trigger vaginal health issues, here are some of the most common issues women can have and some treatment options to help take care of them down there.

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

Have you ever noticed an unpleasant odor down there, possibly accompanied by abnormal discharge? If the answer is yes, bacterial vaginosis (a common bacterial infection) could be the culprit. BV occurs when the different types of healthy bacteria in your vagina become unbalanced and overgrow. It can be caused by a number of factors such as: B. the use of vaginal douches, sexual intercourse and even pregnancy. If you suspect you have BV, it’s important to contact a healthcare provider, such as a Consult your GP to treat the infection.

eczema

While most of us have probably heard of eczema as a skin condition, what is less well known is that this condition can also appear on the vulva, the opening of the anus, and the inner skin between the buttocks. It can be caused by numerous factors such as soaps and perfumes, sweating, tight clothing, friction, or even regular use of sanitary napkins or pads (among many other things). Treatment options for vaginal eczema vary, but to start with, you can try to avoid potential irritants like harsh creams or soaps that can trigger the condition. Anti-itch care products such as E45 cream can help provide relief and don’t be afraid to see your doctor as the condition may need to be treated with topical steroids which they can prescribe. It’s important to note that with any genital condition, you should consult your doctor first to ensure the correct diagnosis is made and to rule out other underlying issues that could potentially play a role.

cystitis

Unfortunately, all too many of us have experienced the watery eye pain caused by a urinary tract infection (UTI). In fact, most women experience this condition at least once in their lives. Cystitis is the most common type of UTI and is caused by bacteria entering the urethra and causing an infection in the bladder. Once the bladder is infected, the urine hurts and there is a very uncomfortable burning sensation. To relieve the pain of a bladder infection, you can use urinary alkalisers such as APOHEALTH Cystitis Relief 28 x 4g sachets, which help to effectively relieve the burning sensation and increase your water intake. It’s important to always see your doctor if you think you may have a UTI so they can confirm the diagnosis and prescribe any medications you may need.

Vaginal Acne

At some point, many of us have probably spotted a surprising pimple on our body, somewhere other than our face – perhaps acne? But did you know that it’s perfectly normal to get pimples in your vagina? The vaginal area has sweat glands and hair follicles that, like any other area of ​​the body, are prone to breakouts. Vulvar acne can occur on its own or be caused by increased sweating, tight clothing, and friction. To prevent and support breakouts down there, keep the area clean and pH balanced. If you experience itching or pain from vaginal acne, a warm compress can help — squeeze out the towel before putting it on the irritated area, and make sure to always dry the area thoroughly before getting dressed to avoid this prevent bacterial growth. While a small bump in the vaginal area may simply be vulvar acne, it’s always worth seeing your doctor if you’re concerned it could be something else. If contact dermatitis is identified as the root cause, topical medications or antihistamines (APO-Fexofenadine or loratadine) are recommended.

How to know when it’s time to see a doctor

According to Montana, “You should consult your doctor if you have never had a vaginal infection or if you have had one before but the symptoms are different this time. If your symptoms don’t improve with over-the-counter medications, or you think you may have been exposed to an STD, it’s also important to consult your doctor.”

“Other reasons I would recommend seeing a doctor is a change in vaginal discharge, such as: B. yellow or bloody discharge or a foul-smelling discharge. If you have trouble urinating or need to urinate more than usual, or if you have other symptoms such as vomiting, fever, or back and abdominal pain, see your doctor as soon as possible,” Montana said.

Although vaginal health issues are far from ideal, with the appropriate treatment and professional medical advice, you’ll be well equipped to take care of yourself down there.

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