Are you feeling itchy in your vaginal area? Is there a fishy odor in that area accompanied with pain and inflammation? If yes, then think a bit further to recall if this vaginal discomfiture started just a few days after your last lovemaking session? It may also be possible that you are not experiencing any of these symptoms, other than a vaginal discharge.
If this is true, you may be infected with Trichomoniasis, commonly known as “Trich”, a sexually transmitted disease, caused by Trichomonas Vaginalis, a parasitic protozoan that works on your body by damaging the cells of your vagina and ingesting them. Once you start experiencing the symptoms of this infection, you should visit your gynecologist, because medically, it has been found that this condition, when left untreated, may increase HIV-vulnerability in the patient.
It is suggested that you should not try out any self treatment measures, unless you have received training for treating yourself, specifically from a registered medical practitioner who is officially authorized to provide treatment, advice and disease-coping treatment. The reason for the necessity of taking such a measure is that though the symptoms of Trichomoniasis may appear simple, you should not ignore it, as it is a potential stepping stone for the HIV infection, which can be lethal.
You should bear in mind that wrong treatment measures may aggravate this disease or allow it to make harmful progress within your body. Once it is confirmed that the cause of your vaginal discomfiture is Trichomoniasis, your gynecologist will probably suggest a treatment, in the lines discussed further. As trichomoniasis is a parasitic infection, it responds to the administration of antibiotics.
However, you should be careful to not use over-the-counter medications or antibiotics for treating this extremely uncomfortable medical condition; you should follow the advice of your gynecologist strictly and consume antibiotics prescribed by this physician for treating this medical condition. Tinidazole and Metronidazole are the commonly prescribed drugs for Trichomoniasis, and the common mode of administration of these antibiotics is oral administration in prescribed single dosages.
Drug Usage Safety During Pregnancy
Pregnant women may be prescribed the same drugs, Tinidazole and Metronidazole, as the non-pregnant women; however, since pregnant women may be experiencing other complications, it is always better to strictly follow the advice of their gynecologists.
Trichomoniasis treatment may not impose many restrictions on you, except for the requirement of non-consumption of alcohol, especially within 24 hours of administration of the prescribed antibiotic, as violation of this condition may result in a feeling of discomfiture in you. Moreover, this feeling of discomfiture can be accompanied by harmful side effects.
Prevention Of Trichomoniasis Infection
Wise persons have always reiterated that prevention is always better than cure. Hence, it is always better to first prevent Trichomoniasis from infecting your body. Ideally as this is a STD the safest measure you could take is to not have sex entrely. However, as that is an impossible proposal for many persons, you should consider the next option, which is asking your partner to have sex after wearing a latex condom.
Discussing possibilities of the occurrence of this disease with new sexual partners, and getting them tested for this disease, is another effective preventive measure that you could take. Going for a routine gynecological checkup can help in the prevention and control of Trichomoniasis.
Recurrence Of Trichomoniasis
A person can get infected within 3 months of treatment for this disease. Hence, one should take adequate preventive measures.
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