The women of this fast world today have less time to take care of their health problems. Crowded cities, polluted environments and fast paced lifestyle increase the risk of exposing the women to illnesses mostly external and some that are internal to their physique.
The women who are in their late twenties or early thirties, commonly referred to a child bearing age, suffer due to conditions caused by this lifestyle of sweat, overeating, overworking and anxiety. Infections evade their health and put them into situations that they are not too comfortable to speak about to their near and dear ones. One such case of infection is the v*ginal inflammation or vaginitis.
Vaginitis is an inflammation of the wall of the v*gina due to infection by bacteria or fungi. This inflammation can cause redness, genital itching, foul odour, v*ginal discharge or secretions, abdominal pain, etc. This infection affects more than 30 percent of the women who are in their child bearing age. Before one tries to do a causal analysis for this infection in women, one needs to understand the below biological mechanism:
- The v*gina is a storehouse of microorganisms that could be both beneficial and infectious to a woman. They contribute to what is known as the microflora of the v*gina and they need to exist in a normalized manner
- If the microorganisms are beneficial, the balance of their existence that isboosted by the lifestyle, the age and the functioning of the ovaries of women, contribute to maintaining the pH balance of the v*gina
- If the microorganisms are pathogenic, the further infection could cause the pH imbalance to occur in the human body – specifically in the v*ginal region
- The pathogenic nature of the microorganisms affects the glycogen on the wall of the v*gina and causes the concentration of the lactic acid to come deteriorate. Usually the concentration of the lactic acid is around the value between pH 4 – 4.5, referred to as the normal range
- The decrease in the lactic acid concentration tends to make the v*ginal region more alkaline; the alkaline base is a cause of diseases in the external region of the v*gina or on the walls
Types of Infection
The vaginitis, as detailed above, can be the result of either fungal or bacterial agents. The most common kinds of the infection are one of the below listed ones
- Allergies or reactions – these are non-infectious vaginitis. The allergy or infection can be a result of the reaction to some scented soaps, intimate hygiene products, and in some cases of condoms too
- Candida or yeast infections – a genital yeast infection that can cause itchiness and will induce soreness as result of the itchy nature
- Bacterial infections – pathogenic bacteria that overcrowd the existent and beneficial bacteria of the genital region. The overgrowth alters the balance of the microflora and the pathogenic bacteria dominate the healthy ones and aggravate the spread of the pathogen
- Viral vaginitis–caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and is transmitted through intercourse. This infects the genital area and can cause soreness and lesions which are prone to have smelly discharges
- Chlamydia infections – transmitted via intercourse and can result in v*ginal discharges, urination with a burning sensation
- Gonorrhea – another sexually transmitted infection that can lead to v*ginal discharge for women. Women also have reported bleeding between menstrual cycles in these cases
- Trichomoniasis – yet another infection transmitted by sexual intercourse and when infected, leads to pain during intercourse, foul smelling v*ginal discharge and burning sensation while urination
The ways to treat v*ginal inflammation or vaginitis are varied as all remedies are focussed to restore the pH balance of the v*ginal area. But the antibiotics or drugs that are prescribed are generally very rough on the walls of the v*gina and can aggravate the problem. Some can lead to soreness and spread of the fungal infection is larger areas. Some drugs can result in dryness or allergies and further result in itchiness and discharge.
Nature paves the way to correct this condition with the use of ingredients from your own kitchen cabinets. They are excellent in treating the infection and help regain and normalize the microflora of the v*ginal region and treat the signs of vaginitis if attended to in early stages. By this process of home remedies treatment, the pH balance of the acid base of the v*ginal region is restored to values around pH 4 – 4.5 (as assessed to be the normal range).
Below are a sneak peek into the remedies that you can do at the comfort of your home to treat conditions of vaginitis. It is recommended that you do the preliminary medical tests to evaluate the cause of the infection, whether it is fungal or bacterial.
Remedy 1 – Vinegar
It is recommended that you use vinegar of 9% acidity for this process. Add and mix 2 tablespoons of this type of vinegar to 4 cups of boiling water. Let the solution cool down a little to a lukewarm state. Rinse the external parts of your genital region, the walls of the v*gina using this solution.
You may repeat this process till you feel comfortable of the condition that you are treating. The process is quite efficient in treating the infections that have led to itchiness or sores. In these states of vaginitis, repeat the rinsing process until the itchiness wears off and the sores are healed completely.
Remedy 2 – Chamomile Tea
Another efficient remedy from the natural sources of tea, this is simple and that consumes less time to prepare. Boil 4 cups of water and add 2 tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers to it. Let this potion simmer for about 5 to 10 mins on low flame to let the chamomile blend in well.
Cool down this potion and use the same to rinse the inflamed areas of the v*gina. You can repeat this process for multiple times in a day too, depending on the intensity of the inflammation. Follow this procedure of personal hygiene until the microflora is normalized in the genital areas.
Remedy 3 – Lemon juice
Take 4 cups of lukewarm water for preparing the solution for rinsing. To the lukewarm water, add 1 tablespoon of juice from a fresh lemon. Shower the infected areas with the lemon juice concoction and let the solution stay on for a few minutes. Rinse the genital areas after sometime with plain water. Repeat the procedure until you feel or see the reduction of the inflammation or the infection of the v*gina.
Remedy 4 – Cranberry juice/ Yoghurts
As part of dietary measure to treat the vaginitis, it is recommended that the person needs to drink a lot of cranberry juice. The high concentration of zinc treats the vaginitis efficiently and helps in the healing of any soreness and to clear the infection of the v*gina.
Also, yoghurts treat the pH imbalance of the lactic acid while consumes as part of the diet. Yoghurts and dairy products should be made part of the diet to help treat the v*ginal inflammation for the women.
Lifestyle and the ambience of existence may result in the recurring of the infections for the women. It is also important that they adopt good amount of preventive measures to thwart the probability of the condition to recur once they have treated an inflammation of the v*ginal wall. Listed below are some important tips for women to check and adopt:
- Eat healthy – include a lot of dairy products in your diet and ensure the lactic acid balance is maintained in the human body. Supplement the dairy diet with good amount of fluids, fresh fruits and vegetables for faster and healthier body
- Use underwear made from natural fibres such as cotton. The dampness or v*ginal wetness are a primary reason for the imbalance of the microflora and the retention of the infection when synthetic fabrics such as satin, linen are used for the underwear
- Replace the underwear very frequently. Make it a habit to change your underwear stock every 6 months and change underwear once or twice in a day.Clean underwear is a mandate for every woman for her personal hygiene.
- For personal hygiene and for intimate cleansing, use gentle products that contain lactic acid. This will ensure that the pH balance of the v*ginal region is maintained and the normalized condition of the microflora is also sustained for the woman
- Personal hygiene becomes crucial for men too, prior to intercourse, such that they help eliminate the source of infection or introducing bacterial or fungal agents through the intercourse. Women need to educate their partners if they have a history of vaginitis and make the relevant precautionary measures for the same through their living pattern
On the whole, it is important that the women take absolute care with respect to genital hygiene and also assist and support partners in a relationship aid them in the same. The home remedies are quicker solutions to help treat minimal infections and those that are less intensive. Immediate attention of the infection in early stages can help the recovery fast.