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Should I douche to get rid of vaginal discharge, pain or itching?

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  • AKevin Windom, MD, OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered

    No. Douching should only be used for feminine hygiene. If you think that you may have an infection then you should decide if it is a yeast or bacterial vaginal infection. A yeast infection can be treated with a three day course of an over the counter antifungal medication. A bacterial infection needs to be evaluated by a doctor because it might need to be treated with oral or vaginal antibiotics.

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