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Vaginal Discharge

Alternate Names : Discharge from the Vagina

Vaginal Discharge | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment of vaginal discharge depends on the particular cause of the infection. Treatment may include the following, in the form of pills or as a cream:

  • antibacterial antibiotics
  • antifungal antibiotics
  • antiviral medication
  • antihistamines to relieve itching
  • cortisone to relieve itching
  • estrogen replacement therapy
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Side effects depend on the particular agent used. Antibiotic pills may cause stomach upset or allergic reactions. Some creams may cause skin irritation.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    Most antibiotic treatment is used for 3 to 7 days. Estrogen treatment is usually continued indefinitely. If a sexually transmitted disease has been found, the woman's sexual partner or partners will also need evaluation and possibly treatment.

    How is the condition monitored?

    Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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    Author: Eva Martin, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/09/01

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