cytolytic vaginosis

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How does someone contract cytolytic vaginosis?

Vaginal discharge is normal for any woman beyond adolescence and puberty, but there are at times some symptoms of the vaginal discharge that are abnormal and suspicious. The lactobacilli are bacteria in the vaginal tract that are responsible for producing lactic acid to maintain the best pH. Some species of this bacterium too produce hydrogen peroxide, which has antiseptic properties. The optimum vaginal pH lies between 3.8 and 4.5. 

However, when there is an overgrowth of the lactobacillus bacteria, disaster strikes; too much lactic acid strains the vaginal lining and too much hydrogen peroxide kills even the necessary microorganisms. The pH also goes to as low as 3 or, worse still, 2. This happens when the lactobacilli start converting all the glucose into lactic acid, formic acid, acetic acid, and alcohol and CO2 gas. The vaginal lining gets on the defensive and starts producing too much discharge to counteract the effect of too much lactobacillus. This discharge flows together with the acid and killed microorganisms, which makes it even more toxic. As a result, the patient feels itchy, red and swollen as they continuously pass the thick white or thin colorless discharge. This results to a condition known as cytolytic vaginosis.

Most of the times, cytolytic vaginosis is mistaken, even by medical practitioners, to be a fungal and yeast infection (Candida) or a bacterial infection. The patient therefore ends up taking all the wrong medication while the real condition hides and continues to develop. Cytolytic vaginosis is different from all the other vaginal conditions in that it is not an infection, but merely a condition whose main cause is not really known but is suspected to be imbalance of hormones and of the general ecosystem of the vaginal environment. Main causes of this imbalance include pregnancy, abortions, contraceptives and IUDs, sexual intercourse, sanitary products and hygienic standards and products. 

Cytolytic vaginosis usually suppresses during menstruation because the menstrual fluid is basic, which means that the highly acidic pH is raised. However, during ovulation of at about two weeks to the menses, hell breaks loose as this condition worsens. It is often confused with bacterial vaginosis, Trichomoniasis and Candida infection.  However, the microscope test is what helps one distinguish cytolytic vaginosis from the other infections. The epithelial cells are seen to have some lactobacillus attached to them and they usually have unclear cell membranes and a pale cytoplasm. The white blood cell count is often very low, and other microorganisms like yeast are usually absent. 

A thing you ought to know before you even begin to treat cytolytic vaginosis is that it is not transmitted sexually. However, you need to avoid any sexual activity during treatment, as this may worsen the condition. You should also avoid any scented sanitary pads, vaginal cleansers, powders or creams. Also, as you treat cytolytic vaginosis, avoid using tampons; many people use tampons in order to keep the odor and discharge away, but it makes things worse. Allowing the menstrual fluid to flow through actually helps in raising the pH. Avoid antibiotics, even if your doctor prescribes them, because they kill all bacteria, whether good or bad. Thus, even the bacteria preventing odor is killed, making the condition unbearable.

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