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Trichomoniasis

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Vaginal itching and discharge should prompt a visit to the doctor.

Trichomoniasis can easily be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. If your doctor is unavailable or you do not have a doctor, you should seek treatment at an urgent care clinic, medical clinic, obstetric-gynecology clinic, or a hospital's emergency department.

Self-Care at Home

The treatment of choice is antibiotics prescribed by the doctor. In addition to antibiotics, some alternative medicine therapies are available. These therapies are not known to be beneficial, and no rigorous scientific evidence supports their use. Home therapy should not be used instead of a doctor's visit and appropriate antibiotics, as this may allow the spread of the condition as well as harmful sexually transmitted diseases  , such as syphilis  , HIV  , gonorrhea  , or chlamydia  . (The author does not advise you to use these alternative therapies   but these are listed to be complete.)

Some people feel that natural douches once a day while lying in a warm bath may help. To increase parasite-killing activity, you may add the juice of one lemon to either of the following douches:

  • Vinegar douche - 1 teaspoon vinegar to 1 quart warm water
  • Live-culture yogurt douche or a solution of Lactobacillus acidophilus — one-half teaspoon to one cup of water
  • Aromatherapy: Oil of bergamot (Citrus aurantium var bergamia) may help dry up irritating discharge. It can be used in douches or added to bath water.
Prevention

Because trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease, abstinence is the preferred method to avoid contraction of this disease. Safe sex and hygiene practices may also help prevent trichomonas infection.

  • Wear condoms.
  • Wash before and after intercourse.
  • Don't share swimsuits or towels. (Trichomonads survive for up to 45 minutes outside the body.)
  • Shower immediately after swimming in a public pool.
Outlook

Trichomoniasis is not very serious, but it is contagious. If untreated, it may infect tissues throughout the urinary tract and reproductive system. Trichomoniasis may lead to preterm labor if left untreated during pregnancy  .

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