Seek the advice of your healthcare provider if any of the following occur:
- Vaginal pain.
- Vaginal itching.
- Vaginal burning.
- A foul odor from your vagina.
- Painful urination.
- Any vaginal discharge that is different from your normal discharges such as thick and white, cottage cheese-like, or yellowish-green.
These symptoms are indicative of a number of different conditions from yeast infections to bacterial infections, STDs, and urinary tract infections -- all of which are treatable with prescription medication. If you suspect you have a vaginal infection contact your healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment -- don't try to wash it away with a douche.
Never douche before you visit your doctor! Remember, douching can wash away the vaginal discharge that can identify the type of infection that you have.
Lifestyle Tips. Healthywomen.org.http://www.healthywomen.org/healthtopics/bacterialvaginosis/lifestyletips. Accessed 08/26/09.