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Vaginal Discharge (cont.)

What is the treatment for vaginal discharge?

Treatment for vaginal discharge is dependent upon the exact cause. Treatment goals include both symptom relief and eradication of the infection.

What over-the-counter (OTC) medications or home remedies treat vaginal discharge?

Yeast infections may be treated using over-the-counter medications, but other causes of vaginal discharge require prescription medications. It is critical to take the entire course of medication as prescribed or recommended by your doctor, even if the symptoms improve. If you are uncertain as to the cause of your vaginal discharge, it is important to visit a health-care professional to determine the cause rather than starting OTC medications if you are unsure.

Some alternative medical approaches recommend douching for the treatment of some causes of vaginal discharge. However, douching is not recommended by most physicians. The body has a natural way of cleansing the vaginal canal by itself, and douching can disturb the normal environment of the vagina, potentially leading to inflammation and even worsening of the symptoms. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and most doctors recommend that women avoid douching unless specifically prescribed by a doctor.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/13/2015

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