How to identify abnormal vaginal discharge

vagina infectionThe vagina environment maintains a perfect balance of normal bacteria and yeast and any change in the vaginal environment affects the color, texture and smell of the discharge. 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.

The cause of thick, white or cheesy vaginal discharge with foul smell is a sign of yeast infection mainly caused due to thrush or vaginitis. Other manifestation of abnormal vaginal discharge that may or may not be associated with pain and itching, they include:

• Thick and curdy white vaginal discharge: It is likely to be caused due to a fungal infection called candidiasis. It may cause irritation but no foul smell.
• Frothy, yellowish or greenish vaginal discharge: This when present with a bad smell can be due to trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted infection caused by a parasite.
• White, grey or yellow color vaginal discharge: It is mainly caused due to bacterial vaginosis and may result in fishy odor.vaginal inf.

• White vaginal discharge with smell: This can be caused due to excessive use of antibiotics or steroids, birth control pills, pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia or gonorrhea, diabetes and in rare cases endometrial or cervical cancer. In certain cases, itching and pain in and around the vagina is present.
To confirm the cause of abnormal discharge, you’ll have to visit your gynecologist.

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