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Non specific vaginitis

Other names

Anaerobic vaginosis, Gardnerella vaginitis bacterial vaginosis.

Cause

Bacteria - Anaerobic bacteria and/or Gardnerella vaginalis.

Transmission

Probably sexual.

Distribution

Worldwide.

Incubation

Uncertain.

Symptoms 

  • Grey or yellow discharge associated with a fishy smell, especially after sex.
  • Mild itching of burning.
  • No symptoms.

Diagnosis

  • Microscopic examination of secretions.
  • Amine (sniff) test.

Treatment

Antibiotics such as metronidazole and ampicillin by mouth.

Complications

Undetermined.

Comments

The main characteristic of the dischargeis its fishy smell which at times be off-putting and embarrassing. Males rarely develop symptoms and are normally only  treated if the female sex partner continue to suffer from  recurrent attacks.