- Women's Health
Stop the Itching - Bacterial Vaginosis Cures
Infections of the vaginal area common to women include bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections. Although not considered life threatening, it is important to have medical attention if you think you may have or are developing a vaginal infection to have the source confirmed and a treatment plan devised to cure the infection. Because a yeast infection and vaginosis can exhibit similar warning signs, you should see your doctor to have an accurate diagnosis made.
One of the first bacterial vaginosis cures your physician will start, if that is your problem, is a course of antibiotics to quickly attack the infection directly and begin the healing process. This will reduce the risk of the infection spreading to other surrounding tissues and prevent further complications.
In conjunction with the antibiotic medication, your physician may suggest that you take a multivitamin and mineral supplement to boost your immune system and allow your body to assist the medication in treating your condition. Other bacterial vaginosis cures may also include the consumption of milk products or yogurt that contain acidophilus cultures to help the vaginal flora recover and fight off unhealthy bacteria trying to gain a foothold that results in an infection. Garlic supplements, or eating fresh garlic cloves (if you can get past the taste), can also be beneficial in treating vaginal infections because of its strong antibacterial properties.
Some organic elements such as Echinacea and tea tree oil have been advocated by herbalists as bacterial vaginosis cures and as a preventative measure in reducing the risk of developing a vaginal infection. Women taking other prescription medications or those who are pregnant should get a medical opinion from their doctor before taking any herbal supplements as some serious complications could arise. Dangerous drug interactions can occur and some herbs can be harmful during pregnancy that may affect both mother and child.
Creams and ointments available over the counter at pharmacies and drug stores can also bring symptomatic relief when used properly. Talk to your pharmacist who can give you advice as to which ones would be most helpful to treat your symptoms for your particular condition. Bacterial vaginosis cures aren't always medicinal in nature. For example, garlic supplements or the consumption of garlic cloves has proven to be very effective in treating vaginal infections because of its strong antibacterial properties. Warm baths with no soaps or bath oils can soothe the irritation of genital areas or cool compresses applied to tender areas can constrict the blood vessels and reduce swelling to bring some relief. It is always important and must be stressed that medical advice should be sought if you feel you have a vaginal infection to determine what the correct treatment plan for your diagnosis should be.