Vaginitis and urinary tract infections can both cause pain and disrupt your daily routines. Finding relief is a priority, and Dr. Sowmya Reddy and the medical team at Alpha OBGYN in Alpharetta and Cumming, Georgia, can help. Both of these conditions are treatable, and the sooner you receive a professional diagnosis, the sooner you can begin a treatment path to resolve symptoms and restore normal, healthy function. Book your visit today by calling the office nearest you or by using the simple online scheduling tool.

Vaginitis is inflammation of your vagina, most commonly caused by an infection. It’s quite common, and virtually all women will experience at least one bout of vaginitis in her lifetime.

Vaginitis can be caused by yeast, bacteria, or viruses. It’s even possible to develop the condition due to irritation from chemicals found in your soap, feminine hygiene products, or clothing.

The symptoms of vaginitis are similar to those of many other gynecologic conditions, which is why it’s important to come in for a diagnostic exam if symptoms develop. Common signs of vaginitis include:

  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Uncomfortable sex
  • Changes in vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal soreness or swelling

Left untreated, symptoms often worsen and can become difficult to ignore.

What is a urinary tract infection?

Urinary tract infections are common, affecting nearly half of all women. They’re caused by bacteria normally present in your lower digestive tract. When introduced to your urethra these bacteria can multiply, causing painful symptoms.

One of the primary causes of urinary tract infections is improper hygiene practices, most notably failing to wipe from front to back after using the restroom. Sex can also spread bacteria, and the reason women are more likely than men to suffer a UTI is due to the short distance between your anus and urethra.

Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:

  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Frequent and intense need to urinate
  • Urine that’s dark, cloudy, or smells unusual
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain

Left untreated, a urinary tract infection can spread to your bladder, where it can be more challenging to control.

Both conditions can be cleared up with a course of antibiotics. It’s critical to take your antibiotics exactly as prescribed, even if your symptoms ease within the first few days. Failing to complete your antibiotics can lead to a serious re-infection.

In the case of vaginitis, additional treatment options include topical steroids, antifungal medications, antihistamines, or even topical estrogen cream. Your treatment path depends on the source of inflammation.

If you notice any of the symptoms of vaginitis or urinary tract infection, schedule a diagnostic exam today. You can book your visit online 24 hours a day, or reach the office nearest you by phone during regular business hours.