Trichonomiasis

(See also Sexually Transmitted Diseases)

Etiology: Infestation with a parasite of genus Trichomonas vaginalis. Species found in the vagina that produces discharge. Fairly common condition in women, esp. during pregnancy and following vaginal surgery. It is sometimes found in the male urethra and is communicated through intercourse.

SYMPTOMS:

Persistent burning and itching of the vulvar tissue associated with a profuse white frothy discharge. Occasionally may be without symptoms. When blood is present in the discharge, it may indicate serious disorders, including cancer. Any vaginal discharge should be evaluated by a doctor.

TREATMENT:

Both sexual partners should be treated to avoid passing the disease back and forth. No alcohol is recommended during treatment. See the doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

NUTRIENTS:

Acidophilus, 2 capsules or 1 tbsp. liquid 3 times a day, is important when taking antibiotics.

Garlic capsules, 2 capsules 3 times daily, is a natural antibiotic and immune system stimulant. Should be accompanied by Doctor’s advice.

Vitamin C, 3,000 - 8,000 mg. daily (divide into 4 doses per day), helps immune function and is an antiviral agent.

Vitamin B complex, 50 mg. three times daily, is necessary in all cellular enzyme system function.

Germanium, 100 mg daily, speeds healing and reduces pain or discomfort.

Multivitamin and mineral complex, as directed on the label, promotes immune function.

Vitamin A and E emulsion, 20,000 IU vitamin A and 400 IU vitamin E daily (do not take this much vitamin E in pill form). Emulsion enters the system more quickly. Vitamin A is essential for tissue repair. Vitamin E improves circulation, both enhance immune function.

HERBS:

Echinacea
Golden seal
Pau d' arco
(Any of these may alleviate symptoms. Alternate teas and consume three cups daily or take in capsule or extract form.)

RECOMMENDATIONS:

This disease is highly infectious. The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that you protect yourself with condoms. Condoms should be used, but they are no guarantee of protection against venereal diseases! Check with your doctor!

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