Description of Cytolytic Vaginosis
Generally, when a woman experiences abnormal vaginal discharge or odor, the four main causes can include Cytolytic vaginosis, Bacterial vaginosis, Trichomoniasis and Candida. The bacterial vaginosis is mainly caused by the gardnerella bacteria, which attacks the vaginal area. Such a person may at times not have any symptoms at all, while others may experience discomfort along with the secretion of abnormal discharge and odor. Others may experience itchiness and burning sensations in the vaginal area. Such feelings usually are on the rise during and after any sexual intercourse. This can culminate to redness around the vaginal area and itchiness that is continuous. This, in turn, may cause the person to be withdrawn, have depression and stress and also have nausea. All these are called secondary symptoms of vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is tested by the removal of specific vaginal fluid. This fluid is tested for its acidity and alkalinity levels. The healthy bacterium is usually acidic, and therefore alkalinity indicates the presence of bad bacteria. Other tests include the potassium hydroxide test and the microscope cell test.
Cytolytic vaginosis is a different type of vaginal conditions. It is different in that it is not an infection like the other three. It is caused by the lactobacillus bacteria. This bacteria is usually a good bacteria that is usually found in the vaginal area. However, just like cancer, the overgrowth of this bacterium usually causes cytolytic vaginosis. There is no known cause for the overgrowth of this bacterium, though it is reported that some people have chronic vaginosis. For those who do not have chronic cytolytic vaginosis, a hormonal imbalance is said to be the leading cause for this condition. However, one sure means through which cytolytic vaginosis is NOT spread is through sexual transmission. Common symptoms of cytolytic vaginosis include itchiness around the vaginal area, heat and redness and abnormal vaginal discharge. Discomfort during passing of urine or sexual activity is also a common symptom of the same.
The presence of overgrown lactobacilli usually causes a lower pH than normal. Therefore, treating this condition means that one has to devise means through which the lowered pH will be restored or raised to normal levels. Therefore, one way in which you can treat cytolytic vaginosis is to use a solution of baking soda at the infected area. One can make their home made solution or purchase a ready made solution from the pharmacy. Also, there are baking soda capsules which are bought from the pharmacy and are used intravaginally. All of the above treatments are done twice every week for two weeks.
During the period of infection and treatment, one is advised to abstain from any sexual activity and to wear loose fitting cotton innerwear (but wear none at all when sleeping). Also, toilet hygiene requires that you wipe yourself from the front towards the back and not the other way round, to prevent the transfer of feces. Avoid using soap around the vaginal area, as this causes an interference of the pH; instead, use an intimate wash gel or plain warm water. Vaginal sprays and any perfumed sanitary wear is a no-no, even for those who are not infected.