How to treat Cytolytic Vaginosis
Cytolytic vaginosis is a condition and not an infection, caused by the excessive growth of the useful lactobacillus bacteria around the vulva and vaginal area. It is usually grouped, though, among the four main infections of the vagina which include cytolytic vaginosis, bacterial vaginosis, Candida and Trichomoniasis. The symptoms of this condition include itchiness and secretion of thick, pasty and odorless discharge and redness or swelling of the vulva. Also, the itchiness and redness, accompanied with pain usually increase when the patient has sexual intercourse or when it is two weeks to their menstrual periods. The main cause for this condition is not known. However, it has been proved that sexual intercourse cannot transmit cytolytic vaginosis.
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The reason why cytolytic vaginosis causes the above symptoms is because of the fact that too much lactobacillus bacteria usually lower the pH of the vaginal area, which is usually normally basic for optimum functioning and wellness. Lactobacillus bacteria are usually in charge of producing lactic acid, and their multiplication means that too much acid is produced, which irritates and strains the vaginal linings. This bacterium also produces hydrogen peroxide, which is an antiseptic. Too much antiseptic causes good bacteria to be killed along with the bad ones. Therefore, the only way to treat cytolytic vaginosis is by reducing the acidity and increasing alkalinity. The patient is therefore advised, before conventional treatment, to have some control measures in place.
For instance, the use of tampons is discouraged when one has cytolytic vaginosis. Not only do they increase the probability of the bacteria growing, but they also absorb menstrual fluid before it gets out. Menstrual fluids usually are basic; letting them flow through, therefore, usually acts as a remedy for the acidity. The patient is also advised against using any scented pads or lotions and sprays around the vaginal area, as these usually worsen the condition. As a matter of fact, scented sanitary wear is usually not the best option even for those who are not cytolytic vaginosis victims. A patient should not use soap to clean the vaginal area. Instead, they are advised to use plain warm water or vaginal cleanser (mild) and warm water. The patient should also avoid any underwear that is not 100% cotton, and they should not put any underwear on at night or when sleeping. Tight and heat absorbing shorts or trousers are also discouraged during the treatment and control of this condition. Also, sugar intake should be greatly reduced.
In order to treat cytolytic vaginosis, an alkaline remedy is needed, which in this case is potassium hydroxide or baking soda. Douching the vulva with a paste or solution of baking soda is usually a home remedy for patients of cytolytic vaginosis. There are also available capsules of potassium hydroxide, which are sold in pharmacies. The patient inserts a capsule into the vaginal opening in order to regulate the pH. Treatment, whether by douching or by capsules, is usually done twice a week, and it takes two weeks for the whole treatment to be done.