Inflammation of the vagina.
May be caused by micro-organisms 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, IUD's);
vitamin deficiency as in pellagra; conditions involving vulva and
surrounding area, as uncleanliness or intestinal parasites. 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 contraceptives.
Free 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 ulceration.
Specific 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 douche.
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 calcium.
- Alum root
- Lady's mantle
- Saw palmetto
- Witch hazel
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
The diet should be fruit free, sugar free, and yeast free. Eat vegetables,
yogurt and meat instead. Take only hypoallergenic foods.
Avoid chemical household products and cleaners, chlorinated water,
moth balls, synthetic textiles, and damp and moldy places such as
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 freely.
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 vaginal opening.
Avoid taking 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.