First of all, in order to ascertain any treatment for bacterial vaginosis we must first distinguish between vaginitas and vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis in itself is not an infection; where as vaginitis by definition is an infection. Vaginitis can simply be described by swelling, redness, and tenderness in the vaginal area; whereas the symptoms of vaginosis can best be described as an elevated count in the gandella vagialis and the candida abician bacteria levels in rhe interior vaginal caveity. These bacteria, commonly known as yeasts, are present by normality, but when elevated can cause discharge and other symptoms which are many time mistakenly interoperated as an infection.
So how does one tell the difference between bacterial vaginosis symptoms and yeast infection symptoms, and what treatment for bacterial vagiinitis is, as opposed to a natural treatment for bacterial vaginosis?
The appearance of the discharge associated with both conditions is key in determining which affliction one might have. The discharge normally associated with bacterial vaginosis has a fishy smell, is grayish white in color, feels sticky, and has the consistency of milk.
The discharge from yeast infection is much thicker, almost like cottage cheese, and has a more yellowish, sometimes greenish tint.
Itching is quite often more associated with a true yeast infection than with bacterial vaginosis. Both bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections are characterized by elevated ph levels, and self diagnosis may be somewhat confusing, although home test kits are available.
Obviously herbal remedies for bacterial vaginosis as well as similar treatments for bacterial vaginitis have been around for centuries. Remarkably some of the natural remedies for bacterial vaginosis have gained a high degree of credence in recent years in the traditional medical community. One myth which has yet to be settled as to the cause of bacterial vaginosis is that excessive douching actually diminishes critical normal bacteria which are needed for healthy function.
Getting bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy should certainly be addressed with more caution. Targeted antibiotic medications for bacterial vaginosis are available, but are commonly wrongly prescribed for the wrong symptoms and one should be honest with one’s doctor in detailing their symptoms. True bacterial vaginosis does seem to be more indicated during pregnancy due to the elevations in certain hormone levels.
Certainly herbal remedies for bacterial vaginosis and bacterial vaginitis can be quite effective and more private than exposure to a doctor’s office and the subsequent pharmacy tech, however, chronic or recurrent bacterial vaginosis should be brought to the attention of a medical professional.
Betty Jane "Healthy Betty"
Other Blog Opinion