What do I need to know about caring for someone with a vaginal infection?

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Shelley C. Giebel, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

When caring for someone with a vaginal infection especially if they are ill or hospitalized, make sure that following appropriate medical treatment healthy bacteria are taken to replenish the vagina. 

 

Vaginal infections commonly return if the infection is treated, but nothing is done to replenish the missing healthy bacteria.  Probiotic such as lactobacillus and acidophilus can be taken for at least a month to prevent recurrent infections.  Low dose probiotic use daily is a great way to prevent future vaginal infections.

Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

 There is not much to know about caring for someone with a vaginal infection except for the fact that vaginal infections are usually not contagious unless there is some sexual contact.  If a person has a vaginal infection, they should probably refrain from intercourse due to the fact that this could be a sexually transmitted infection. 

 

If you are caring for someone who needs help managing their vaginal infection, such as a child, the first thing to do is to make sure they are taking any medication as prescribed. Since many vaginal infections in children are caused by bacteria from using the toilet, children in particular may need help with toilet hygiene. You can help someone with a vaginal infection use home remedies to ease symptoms like itching and swelling.

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