Are there alternative treatments for vaginal infections?

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Medications need to be used to eliminate the underlying microorganism for vaginal infections with bacterial, fungal, or sexually transmitted causes. However, you can use alternative treatments at home to get some relief from the symptoms of vaginal infections. Using a sitz bath with baking soda or epsom salts can reduce itching and swelling. Applying ice packs or a cool washcloth onto the genital area can also make the area less sore. Following good hygiene practices can also help the infection.

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