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Remédios for each type of discharge (yellowish, white)

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Remédios for each type of discharge (yellowish, white)
Remédios for each type of discharge (yellowish, white)

Each type of discharge can indicate a different situation, which varies from the woman's physiological secretion to more serious inflammation situations.

However, most of the time, the discharge indicates the presence of some vaginal infection and, therefore, it is common that the treatment is done with the use of antibiotics or antifungals, such as metronidazole, clindamycin, miconazole or fluconazole, in cream, ointment or tablet.

These remedies must be indicated by the gynecologist, and if the woman notices that there is a vaginal discharge, she should make an appointment to identify which microorganism is causing this symptom and indicate the most appropriate remedy. Usually, the gynecologist can identify the agent responsible for the infection only by evaluating the symptoms, however, he may recommend performing more specific tests to confirm the diagnosis.

Better understand what each color of vaginal discharge means.

In general, the most common vaginal discharges can be treated as follows:

1. Yellow discharge

Yellowish discharge, with a smell similar to that of rotten fish, may be indicative of bacterial vaginosis. In addition to the foul-smelling yellowish discharge, the woman can still feel burning when urinating and intensify the smell after intimate contact.

Remedies indicated: In case of yellowish discharge, the gynecologist may recommend the use of:

  • Metronidazole 500 mg every 12 hours orally, for 7 consecutive days;
  • Metronidazole gel 0.75%, intravaginal use, for 5 nights;
  • Clindamycin cream 2% intravaginal use, for 7 nights.

It is important that the treatment is carried out according to medical advice and that it is not interrupted even with the improvement of symptoms.

2. White discharge

The presence of white discharge, similar to curdled milk, with or without smell, associated with intense itching and burning when urinating may be indicative of candidiasis, which is an infection caused by fungi of the Candida genus that are part of the microbiota woman's vagina.

Remedies indicated: If the diagnosis of candidiasis is made, the gynecologist may recommend the use of some antifungals, such as:

  • Clotrimazole cream 2%, intravaginal use for 7-14 nights;
  • Nistatin cream, intravaginal use for 14 nights;
  • Fluconazole 150 mg oral use, single dose.

It is important that the treatment is not discontinued even after the symptoms improve, as the abnormal proliferation of fungi may return.

3. Gray discharge

A greyish, frothy, foul-smelling discharge may be indicative of trichomoniasis, which is an infection caused by the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis.

Remedies indicated: If the presence of Trichomonas is verified through the urinalysis, the gynecologist may indicate:

  • Metronidazole 2g oral use, single dose;
  • Tinidazole 2g oral use, single dose;
  • Secnidazole 2g oral use, single dose.

4. Greenish-yellow discharge

The presence of a foul-smelling greenish-yellow discharge associated with bleeding and painful urination and intimate contact may be a sign of infection by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which is a bacterium responsible for Gonorrhea, which is a Sexually Transmitted Infection (IST).

Remedies indicated: It is important that the diagnosis of gonorrhea is made quickly so that treatment is also initiated and complications are prevented. After diagnosis, the gynecologist may indicate the use of:

  • Ciprofloxacin 500 mg, oral use, as a single dose;
  • Ceftriaxone 1g, intramuscular use, single dose.

Treatment should be done by both the woman and the partner, because as it is an STI, the bacteria can be transmitted from one person to another during unprotected sexual intercourse. In addition, it is very important that the treatment is carried out following the medical guidelines, otherwise resistance mechanisms may develop by the bacteria, making treatment difficult and favoring the emergence of complications.

5. Brown discharge

Like greenish-yellow discharge, brown discharge can also be related to gonorrhea. However, it is also possible that there will be brown discharge in the days following the end of the menstrual cycle, which is not a cause for concern. Learn about other causes of brown discharge.

Remedies indicated: The presence of brown discharge is usually not a cause for concern, however when accompanied by symptoms, it is important that the gynecologist performs the diagnosis so that the most appropriate treatment. Treatment for brown discharge caused by bacteria is usually done with the use of Azithromycin or Ciprofloxacin in a single dose or for 7 to 10 days, according to the doctor's recommendation.

Home remedies options

Home remedies should not replace the doctor's advice, however, they can be used in conjunction with medicines to accelerate healing and reduce symptoms, in addition to being a good option to prevent infections.

Some options include:

  • Make a sitz bath with guava leaf tea, 2 times a day, useful to combat discharge caused by Trichomoniasis and Candidiasis;
  • Wash the intimate region with sweet broom tea with guava tree, drying with a clean, soft cloth for 1 week;
  • Invest in a natural diet, based on fruits and vegetables, avoiding the consumption of processed foods as much as possible.

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