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Vaginitis is the general term that describes a combination of vaginal conditions caused by inflammation, infection, and changes in the normal vaginal flora.
If you develop any of these symptoms, it is very important that you schedule an appointment at your clinic to be evaluated. Even though there are many over-the-counter medications that you can buy to treat vaginitis, not all cases of vaginitis are caused by the same pathogen. It is very important to determine which one is causing your symptoms so your doctor can treat you more effectively.
When you see your doctor for vaginitis, you can expect a pelvic exam. Your doctor is going to use a swab to take a small sample of the discharge and then send it to the lab or analyze it under the microscope. By doing this, your doctor can determine which exact pathogen is causing your symptoms and then provide you with the most effective therapy for it.