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Excessive vaginal discharge should raise an alarm if you notice the following signs accompanied the same.

Change in colour of the secretions: If you notice that the colour of your vaginal secretions has changed from being a clear-milky fluid to yellow or is green in colour with a foul smell to it; this is likely to be a sign of an infection. ‘It could be indicative of a fungal, bacterial or viral infection. This sign could also be an early symptom of a sexually transmitted disease.

Change in consistency: If you notice a change in your secretions along with some pain and change in the colour, you should not hesitate to see your doctor and get a thorough checkup done.

Burning and itching sensation: Excessive discharge along with a burning or itching sensation indicates that the infection has taken hold of your private areas and needs immediate medical attention.

Painful intercourse: Pain during intercourse, despite the secretions by your vagina that helps to serve like a lubricant, indicates that there is a chance of an infection or crisis that needs a thorough evaluation by the doctor.

If with these indications, you need to get help without delay, then you should:

Visit your gynecologist: It is better to visit a gynecologist (not just any doctor as this is a specialist in this area) when you experience any change in the secretions of your vagina to get a detailed evaluation done. ‘If your vaginal discharge indicates any kind of infection, it can be treated effectively with medications. At times, one might also be advised to go for a pap smear to be screened for cervical cancer which is common among women.

Keep your vaginal area clean: This is very important as hygiene plays an important role in keeping the vaginal area healthy and free of infections. So maintain high levels of cleanliness to keep your privates free of infections. Avoid perfumed washes and douches as they could disrupt the normal pH balance of the area. Washing with warm water and a mild vaginal wash twice a day should serve the purpose.

Have a balanced diet: In a subtle manner, diet also helps to maintain vaginal health and fight infections. Avoid foods that are acidic in nature and include more fruits and yoghurt, as this can neutralize the acid content in the body.

Get some rest: Adequate rest is essential as it strengthens the immune function, protecting you against various infections and it is also necessary for the optimal functioning of the human body.

 

Source: The Nigerian Tribune

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