Vaginal infection in Dubai

Vaginal infection in Dubai
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Vaginal infections or vaginitis can be caused by a variety of factors, including bacteria, fungi, or other microorganisms. Vaginal infections are as common in Dubai as in any other city.

The development of a vaginal infection can be facilitated by decreased immunity, dysbiosis, taking antibiotics, changing intimate hygiene products, stress, etc. Often, vaginal infections can worsen after menstruation, sexual activity, alcohol consumption, or physical exercise.

Common types of vaginal infections include yeast infections (Candidiasis or trush), bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis.

Yeast infections or trush, caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida, typically result in symptoms such as itching, burning, and abnormal discharge that is often described as thick, white, and resembling cottage cheese.

Bacterial vaginosis or BV occurs when there is an imbalance of lactobacteria in the vagina, leading to symptoms such as a thin, grayish-white discharge with a strong, fishy odor.

Trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted infection caused by the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis, can lead to symptoms like itching, burning, redness, and a frothy, yellow-green discharge. Other types of sexually transmitted infections (STI) can also cause vaginal infections.

It's important to note that other infections and conditions can cause similar symptoms, so it's essential to seek a proper diagnosis from a experienced gynecologist if you suspect that you have a vaginal infection.

Although the signs of a vaginal infection are quite typical, after visiting a gynecologist in Dubai, the doctor will perform a gynecological examination. Based on the results of the examination, one can assume the main cause of the vaginal infection. To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor performs vaginal smears. The most common type of smear is called a high vaginal swab or simply HVS. After performing a microbiological examination, the gynecologist will be able to accurately determine the cause of the vaginal infection. The period for performing a smear is 72 hours and before its results, the gynecologist usually prescribes initial treatment to relieve symptoms. After receiving the results, treatment can be adjusted.

In addition, modern gynecological clinics in Dubai can always offer additional examination for sexually transmitted infections (STD Panel) if there is a risk that this is the cause of a vaginal infection.

Treatment for vaginal infections varies depending on the specific type and may include antifungal medications, antibiotics, or other prescribed therapies. An important stage of treatment is the restoration of normal vaginal microflora after eliminating the vaginal infection. A competent gynecologist in Dubai will always prescribe you probiotics (usually in the form of suppositories), which will reduce the risk of relapse.

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  • Can vaginal infections go away on their own?
    This is one of the most common questions asked by a gynecologist in Dubai regarding vaginal infection.

    Typically, a vaginal infection does not go away without special treatment. This is why consulting a gynecologist, performing swabs and proper treatment is important. In some cases, the symptoms may subside on their own, but this does not mean that the infection has gone away - it often becomes chronic and periodically worsens.

    Sometimes vaginal discomfort and changes in discharge are not associated with infection, and then the symptoms may resolve.
  • Is bacterial vaginosis an STD?
    The duration of Bacterial Vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted infection (STI). BV is the result of a decrease in the amount of normal vaginal microflora and the growth of opportunistic flora, which causes unpleasant symptoms.

    STD testing traditionally tests for Gardnerella vaginalis, a microorganism that is often present in bacterial vaginosis, but this does not make BV a sexually transmitted disease.
  • Why does my boyfriend keep giving me BV?
    Bacterial vaginosis is a disorder of the vaginal microflora, which is associated with a decrease in lactobacilli and an increase in opportunistic microflora. And although the latter can be transmitted sexually, it is normally present in the genital tract in small quantities without causing any symptoms.

    Bacterial vaginosis also often occurs and recurs in women who are not sexually active. This is why a boyfriend is not usually the reason for the recurrence of bacterial vaginosis. Therefore, if BV occurs and recurs precisely after sexual activity, you should consult your gynecologist in Dubai in order to restore normal vaginal microflora and rule out other causes.
  • How do you know the difference between BV and yeast infection?
    Bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections have different manifestations. For example, with bacterial vaginosis, the discharge is usually gray and thin with an unpleasant odor. With a yeast infection, the discharge is usually white, curd-like, and odorless.

    The reasons for the development of both conditions are common - a decrease in the amount of normal vaginal microflora. Both conditions often occur simultaneously. However treatment for these conditions different - which is why for effective therapy it is necessary to confirm the diagnosis by performing vaginal swabs during gynecology exam.
  • Can BV cause fishy smell?
    Yes, a fishy odor is a common symptom of bacterial vaginosis. Its appearance is associated with changes in the vaginal pH.

European Board Certified Gynecologist in Dubai
Dr. Vitali Petukhou

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