of the vagina.
CAUSES: May be
caused by microorganisms such as gonococci , chlamydia, streptococci, staphylococci, spirochetes;
chemical irruption from use of strong chemicals in douching;
fungus infection; protozoan infection; irritation from foreign bodies (pessaries,
IUDs); vitamin deficiency as in pellagra; conditions
involving vulva and surrounding area, as uncleanliness or intestinal
In other words, vaginitis may be caused by bacteria, a yeast
infection, excessive improper douching, a vitamin B deficiency,
or intestinal worms.
The most common cause seems to be taking antibiotics, which
destroy the good bacteria in the body, or taking oral
purulent vaginal discharge, sometimes malodorous and occasionally
stained with blood. There is irritation, burning and itching of
the vulvae and perineum, increased frequency of micturition
(urination), and smarting pain on the passage of urine. The
vaginal mucous membrane is reddened and there may be superficial
therapy is indicated. Check with the doctor. Improve perineal
hygiene by obtaining proper instructions of cleaning the anus
after bowel movement, proper use of menstrual protection
materials, and necessity of drying the vulvae following
urination. Douching is not essential to the maintenance of
vaginal health or cleanliness.
- Acidophilus capsules, 2 capsules 3 times
per day with meals, replenishes normal good bacteria.
- Garlic capsules, 1 capsule with meals,
has antifungal properties.
- Unsaturated fatty acids, as directed on
the label, aids in healing.
- Vitamin B complex, 100 mg. per day,
often deficient in vaginitis.
- Maxidophilus, 1 tsp. with 1 quart warm
water for douche, can alternate with apple cider vinegar
- Vitamin A, 50,000 IU capsule per day,
aids healing and is a powerful antioxidant.
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 50 mg. 3 times
per day (estrogen use increases the need for B6.
- Vitamin E capsules, 400 IU capsule per
day, aids healing and is a powerful antioxidant.
- Vitamin D, 1,000 mg., relieves stress.
- Calcium, 1,500 mg.
- Magnesium, 1,000 mg., for absorption of
- Palmetto, saw
- Alum root
- Diet is important. Do not use corticosteroids or oral
contraceptives until the condition improves. Avoid
cheeses, alcohol, chocolate, dried fruits, fermented
foods, all grains containing gluten (wheat, oats, rye,
and barley), ham honey, nut butters, pickles, raw mushrooms,
soy sauce, sprouts, sugars of all forms, vinegar, and all
yeast products. Eliminate citrus and acid fruits
(oranges, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, pineapple, and
limes) from the diet for a month, then add back a few
twice weekly. These fruits are alkaline-forming and
Candida thrives on them.
- The diet should be fruit free, sugar free, and yeast
free. Eat vegetables, yogurt and meat instead. Take only
- Avoid chemical household products and cleaners,
chlorinated water, moth balls, synthetic textiles, and
damp and moldy places such as basements.
- Fiber in the diet is important. Oat bran is more easily
digestible than wheat bran.
- Avoid sweet-smelling douches. Instead, you can douche
with 2 capsules of acidophilus or plain yogurt. You can
also add 1 tsp. of fresh garlic juice.
- Wear white cotton underwear so that air can circulate
- For itching, open vitamin E capsules and put on the
inflamed area, or use vitamin E or enzyme cream.
- Add 3 cups of pure apple cider vinegar to your bath water
to treat vaginitis. Soak in the tub for 20 minutes.
Spread the legs open to allow water to flow around
zinc and iron supplements until healed. Bacterial infections
require iron for growth. The body will store iron in compartments
in the liver, spleen, and bone marrow when a bacterial infection
is present in order to prevent further growth of the bacteria.
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