How to treat Vaginitis?
A patient is examined in the doctor's office and a specimen of the vaginal discharge is collected. It is sent to Pathology laboratory for identification of the causative organism. Treatment is then prescribed depending upon the lab report.
Since the causative organisms of the vaginitis are different, it naturally follows that the treatment needs to be specific to the cause. Different medicines are needed to treat different infections. A drug that is appropriate for the treatment of yeast infection is not effective against bacterial infection. Often there are mixed infection which is more bothersome from the point of treatment. Sometimes a clinician finds frank vaginal discharge on vaginal examination but the vaginal smear shows normal vaginal flora. Conversely, a woman may not present any symptoms at all, but the vaginal smear shows evidence of infection.