Vaginal discharge is most often a normal and regular occurrence. However, there are certain types of discharge that can indicate an infection. Abnormal discharge may be yellow or green, chunky in consistency, or have a foul odor. Abnormal discharge is usually caused by yeast or bacterial infection. Vaginal discharge refers to secretions from the vagina. The discharge may be:
• Thick, pasty, or thin
• Clear, cloudy, bloody, white, yellow, or green
• Odorless or have a bad odor
HOW IS WHITE DISCHARGE PROBLEM DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is done through a pap smear or similar test by a general physician to check for signs of infection.
HOW IS WHITE DISCHARGE PROBLEM TREATED?
Yeast infections are usually treated with antifungal medications inserted into the vagina in cream or gel form. Bacterial vaginosis is treated with antibiotic pills or creams. Trichomoniasis is usually treated with the drug metronidazole (Flagyl) or tinidazole (Tindamax).
DID YOU KNOW?
Causes for White Discharge
• inadequate hygiene
• hormonal problems
• constipation and indigestion
• wounds (caused by intense itching)
• anemia, or other diseases (diabetes)