Greenish or yellowish-green discharge when accompanied by 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 it is recommended you consult a gynecologist as soon as possible so that it can indicate the best treatment.
Main causes for greenish 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, in addition to causing green discharge, also causes pain during intercourse, unpleasant odor, irritation and genital itching, painful urination and increased urinary frequency.
Typically, trichomoniasis is treated with the use of antibiotic medication such as Metronidazole or Tinidazole, which should be taken twice a day for 5-7 days of treatment.
Vulvovaginitis is an inflammation that occurs simultaneously in the vulva and vagina, with a combination of vulvitis (inflammation in the vulva) and a vaginitis (inflammation of the lining of the vagina). This inflammation beyond the greenish vaginal discharge causes irritation, itching, redness and genital inflammation, unpleasant odor, discomfort or burning sensation when urinating.
Vulvovaginitis can have several causes, as it can be caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, other parasites or by chemicals found in foams, soaps or perfumes, for example.
Generally, treatment of vulvovaginitis can be done using antibiotics, antifungal or antihistamines, depending on the type and cause of the infection. For example, if vulvovaginitis is being caused by an allergy to some product anti-histamine allergy remedies should be used to treat the problem.
Home remedy for greenish vaginal discharge
To complete the treatment, there are some tips that can be done at home which help treat green discharge, these include:
- Wash the genital area 2 to 3 times a day with running water and the use of soap is not required.
- Bathing with warm water or guava tea to help relieve itching in the genital area. See how to prepare a seat bath using this tea in home remedy for vaginal discharge.
- Avoid wearing tight or synthetic underwear and bet on cotton underwear.
Any change in vaginal discharge may be a way of the body warning you there is a problem, so be alert and seek a gynecologist as soon as possible. Learn to identify what each vaginal discharge color means by clicking here.