Greenish or yellowish-green discharge when accompanied by an unpleasant odor, itching, and burning in the vagina may be a sign of trichomoniasis, a vaginal infection, or vulvovaginitis, an inflammation occurring simultaneously in the vulva and vagina.
In most cases, the greenish discharge is almost always accompanied by other symptoms and you should see a gynecologist as soon as possible so that the best treatment can be recommended.
Main causes for green vaginal discharge
Trichomoniasis is a vaginal infection caused by the protozoan Trichomonas Vaginalis, which may be sexually transmitted and is, therefore, considered to be an STD (sexually transmitted disease). This vaginal infection can cause greenish discharge, as well as pain during intercourse, an unpleasant odor, irritation and genital itching, painful urination and increased need to go to the bathroom.
Trichomoniasis is typically treated with the use of antibiotic medication, such as Metronidazole or Tinidazole, which should be taken twice a day for 5-7 days.
Vulvovaginitis is an inflammation that occurs at the same time in both the vulva and vagina, and is a combination of vulvitis (inflammation of the vulva) and a vaginitis (inflammation of the lining of the vagina). This inflammation causes greenish vaginal discharge as well as irritation, itching, redness and genital inflammation, unpleasant odor, discomfort or burning sensation when urinating.
Vulvovaginitis can appear due to various causes, such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, other parasites or chemicals found in foams, soaps or perfumes, for example.
Treatment of vulvovaginitis can be generally done with antibiotics, antifungal or antihistamines, depending on the type and cause of the infection. For example, if vulvovaginitis is because of an allergic reaction to a product, antihistamine allergy remedies should be used to treat the problem.
Home remedy for green vaginal discharge
To complete the treatment, here are some tips to follow at home which can help treat greenish discharge:
- Wash the genital area 2 to 3 times a day with running water, without soap.
- Bathe with warm water or guava tea to help relieve itching in the genital area.
- Avoid wearing tight or synthetic underwear and opt for cotton underwear.
Any change in vaginal discharge may be a way of your body warning you there is a problem, so pay attention and see a gynecologist as soon as possible.