Vaginal Infections

Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates -  - OB/GYN

Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates

OB/GYNs located in Northbrook, IL

If you have unexplained vaginal irritation, discharge, or itching, it may be due to an underlying vaginal infection. At Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates, Steven Valfer, MD, and Regan Valfer, MD, offer on-site vaginal cultures and urine testing at their office in Northbrook, Illinois, to quickly confirm and diagnose the cause of your infection. The providers customize a treatment plan to treat the infection and stop the persistent itching, discharge, and irritation that’s interfering with your life. They also offer resources to reduce your risk of recurrent vaginal infections. To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for vaginal infections, call Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates or request an appointment online today.

Vaginal Infections Q & A

What are vaginal infections?

Vaginal infections describe several conditions that can cause inflammation and discomfort in and around your vagina. Vaginitis is the medical term for a vaginal infection.

You can develop a vaginal infection from the use of certain products that irritate your vaginal tissue such as soaps, perfumes, and vaginal contraceptives.

Vaginal infections can also be the result of a buildup of certain bacteria or yeast that are already in your vagina. An overgrowth of bacteria or yeast can occur after using certain medications or because of sexual intercourse.

What are the symptoms of a vaginal infection?

The symptoms of vaginal infections depend on the type of infection you have. Common symptoms of a bacterial infection include yellow or grayish-white vaginal discharge and an unpleasant odor.

If you have a yeast infection, you may experience intense vaginal itching and irritation. You might also have a thick, white discharge.

It’s important that you receive a professional diagnosis before treating vaginitis on your own. The providers at Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates offer evaluations for vaginal infections to ensure you receive the right type of treatment.

How are vaginal infections diagnosed?

To determine the type of vaginal infection you have, your Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates provider reviews your medical history and discusses your lifestyle and sexual activity.

You can expect a pelvic exam, so your provider can assess the health of your reproductive organs and identify any inflammation and other abnormalities. 

If you experience vaginal discharge as the result of an infection, your physician may request a urine test or take a sample of your vaginal discharge. They send the sample to a medical lab to determine the type of infection you have.

The doctors also offer testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDS) that can cause symptoms similar to a vaginal infection. 

How are vaginal infections treated?

To quickly relieve your itching, discharge, irritation, and discomfort, the doctors at Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates customize a treatment plan based upon the cause of your vaginal infection.

If you have a bacterial infection, you may need a topical or oral medication that eases itching and treats the infection. For a yeast infection, you may need an antifungal cream, suppositories, or oral medication to resolve your vaginal infection.  that reduces the buildup of yeast and ends vaginal irritation.

While not all vaginal infections are preventable, your Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates physician may also recommend avoiding certain products that irritate your vaginal tissue. 

You may also need to make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk for additional infections such as switching to lightweight cotton underwear.

If you suspect you have a vaginal infection, schedule a diagnostic evaluation online or call Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates today.