Vaginal infections can be extremely uncomfortable and are often signs of more significant problems. At Lone Tree OB/GYN & Midwives, the professional staff can both diagnose and treat many different types of vaginal infections, including UTIs and STDS. If you are experiencing symptoms or just have questions about vaginal infections and live in the Lone Tree and Castle Rock, Colorado area, the staff encourages you to make an appointment for a consultation at your earliest convenience.
Your provider treats vaginal infections that are caused by bacteria with antibiotics. They can identify the cause of the infection by running a few simple tests.
If a virus caused the infection, they will use an anti-viral medication. Topical creams or ointments may be applied to the area to prevent itching or other types of discomfort.
Many vaginal infections are highly contagious, so it's important to refrain from any sexual activity until your provider tells you that the threat has passed.
In fact, vaginal infections can be passed through sexual contact or by a disruption in the body's pH levels. An imbalance in your pH levels may be the result of the extended use of certain types of medications, such as antibiotics.
If you have an STD that’s caused by a bacteria, you may also be at risk for a UTI. Urinary tract infections often accompany STDs because of the proximity of the vagina to the urethra. Poor hygiene or not wiping carefully after sexual intercourse or using the restroom can cause the bacteria to migrate.
If you believe you have an STD, seek treatment immediately. That allows you to begin treating the infection, preventing it from spreading to the urinary tract. It's important to drink plenty of fluids to keep the bladder and urinary tract flushed and free of contaminants. Voiding often will also help to keep bacteria from making their way into the urinary tract.
Vaginal infections are preventable to an extent. If the infection is related to an STD, seek treatment as soon as possible. Avoid having unprotected sex and keep the number of partners to a minimum. That will prevent you from spreading the infection back and forth between you and your partner. Also, make sure your partner is tested and treated, too.
If you suffer from frequent urinary tract infections, talk to your provider to find out what you can do to reduce your risk of having a UTI. They will be able to identify potential risk factors that make you more prone to those types of infections.