Vaginal Infection

Femme Next Generation Women's Care

OBGYNs & Urgent Care located in Thousand Oaks, CA

A vaginal infection is inflammation of your vagina that causes pain, discomfort, and itching. It can make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable, so seek treatment right away at Femme Next Generation Women’s Care in Thousand Oaks, California. The practice offers expert OB/GYN care to women suffering from bacterial or yeast infections. With same-day appointments always available, call the office or schedule online to come in and get your symptom relief and resolve the infection. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Vaginal Infection Q & A

What is a vaginal infection?

A vaginal infection describes inflammation of the vagina resulting from bacterial or yeast contamination.

Bacterial infections occur due to a change in the normal bacteria found in your vagina. You may experience bacterial overgrowth or have been exposed to foreign organisms.

Yeast infections can occur when you have an overgrowth of a naturally occurring fungus, known as candida albicans.

What are the symptoms of a vaginal infection?

Regardless of the cause of your vaginal infection, it will likely present with symptoms, including:

  • Change in color, odor, or amount of discharge from your vagina
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Vaginal itching or irritation
  • Painful urination
  • Light vaginal bleeding or spotting

Suspect a bacterial infection if you develop a grayish-white, foul-smelling discharge. The odor of this discharge is often fishy.

A yeast infection also has a discharge, but you may have a white, thick discharge that looks a little like cottage cheese.

When should I seek medical care for a vaginal infection?

For a mild vaginal yeast infection, over-the-counter products are often adequate. Only treat yourself if you’ve had a yeast infection before and are certain that’s what your current symptoms suggest. But, if you finish an entire course of an anti-yeast medication and your symptoms don’t go away, visit Femme Next Generation Women’s Care.

If you have chronic vaginal infections or a particularly odiferous discharge, it’s a good idea to visit the office for an exam. Any vaginal infection that causes fever, chills, or pelvic pain also warrants a consult.

How is a vaginal infection treated?

Once your provider has an idea of what type of vaginal infection you have, they offer a specific treatment plan. The sooner you’re diagnosed, the sooner you can resolve the infection and go back to healthy living.

For a bacterial infection, your provider may prescribe oral metronidazole tablets or vaginal metronidazole or clindamycin cream.

Yeast infections resolve after treatment with an antifungal cream or suppository. Many of these are found over-the-counter, but prescription forms are available for more stubborn infections and include a pill form.

If you’re suffering from symptoms of a vaginal infection, call Femme Next Generation Women’s Care for an immediate appointment, schedule online, or walk-in.