FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Itching, burning sensation, irritation and increased secretions are smelly symptoms that often accompany vaginitis- an inflammation of the lining of the vagina- and at times have occupied all women in various stages of their life.
Although the symptoms of vaginitis are given, the causes of its appearance are much different.
Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection, followed by fungal vaginitis by the fungus Candida and vaginitis by trichomonas or chlamydia.
However, apart from the development of a pathogen in the vagina, vaginitis can be caused by other causes. So atrophic vaginitis, which appears mostly during menopause due to reduction of the concentration of estrogen and non-specific vaginitis is a non-specific reasoning. Also, using spermicidal creams, vaginal suppositories, condoms and general products with irritants can lead to allergic vaginitis
Whoever is the causative factor for the appearance of vaginitis, the root cause that led to it, or the result of it, is the disruption of the normal vaginal flora that is the reduction of population of beneficial microorganisms and especially lactobacillus who naturally found in the vagina and other areas of our body (intestinal and oral cavity and skin), whose main role is to offer natural protection against various pathogens.
Unfortunately, these beneficial microorganisms may be disturbed by many factors such as taking medication (antibiotics, antifungals, oral contraceptives, chemotherapeutic compounds), menopause, menstruation and from daily stress.
The restoration and preservation of lactobacillus in sufficient populations using probiotic products which offer ready the beneficial microorganisms, seems to be ideal and necessary.
These information are intended for general information and public information and in no case can not replace the advice of a doctor or other suitably qualified health professional.
Summer has arrived ... but with the heat and frequent visits to the beach and pools, also make their appearance the fungal vaginitis afflicting most women, often during the summer, with the appearance of characteristics thick whitish secretions which accompanied by itching, burning and irritation.
According to data from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) of the U.S., up 90% of all women will present at least once in their lives fungal vaginitis while the 40-50% of them will appear two or more episodes, the 15-25% recurrent infection and a significant number showing asymptomatic vaginitis (25%).
Mainly fungal vaginitis caused by an overgrowth of yeast species of Candida albicans, which occurs naturally in the vagina and coexist harmoniously with other microorganisms (mainly lactobacillus) located there, making it the normal flora of the vagina- protective barrier and line of defense in maintaining the health of the bay.
The change in population of lactobacillus has resulted in a change of pH (acidity of the vagina) to less acidic or even alkaline values, reduce the production of hydrogen peroxide that acts inhibit growth of pathogenic microorganisms and create conditions suitable for the growth of anaerobic organisms and species Candida.
Many factors can reduce the population of lactobacillus and disrupt the delicate balance that exists between microorganisms of the vaginal flora resulting in excessive growth of fungi.
The major are increasing temperatures and humidity which observed especially during the summer months due to regular visits to the sea and swimming pools, wearing wet swimsuit, narrow synthetic underwear and jeans, the intense sexual activity, taking antibiotics, contraceptive use etc. even the daily stress.
Good practice is to ensure maintenance of adequate populations of lactobacillus using probiotic products which directly restore these beneficial microorganisms and reduce the possibility of creating favorable for fungal growth environment.
These information are intended for general information and public information and in no case can not replace the advice of a doctor or other suitably qualified health professional