Vaginal discharge and itching

Itching and abnormal discharge can be due to various types of infections, diseases or similar conditions. A change in colour of the discharge is usually a sign of disease. Many diseases and symptoms can change the appearance or smell of the vaginal discharge. There are some general indications of infection or disease. Common signs of infection are:

  • The discharge gets a bad smell
  • It changes colour
  • Discharge is more abundant than normal
  • You feel itching, swelling or a burning sensation in your vagina

Intense itching and white, grainy and odourless discharge are possible symptoms of vaginal thrush. Green or grey and possibly somewhat foamy discharge can be signs of bacterial vaginosis. If you experience bloody discharge you should always consult a doctor.

Diseases and infections

Thrush is one of the most common diseases that affect your vaginal discharge. Common symptoms include changes in the appearance of the vaginal discharge. Vaginal secretion can be whitish and grainy, and you may experience intense itching in the genital area. Symptoms can be successfully treated with non-prescription anti-thrush medications.

Bacterial vaginosis is frequently referred to as bacterial imbalance, and the most common symptom is malodorous discharge. The discharge generally changes and gets green or grey hues. The smell is similar to rotten fish and generally occurs when you are having your period or after sex. Bacterial vaginosis is harmless and easy to treat.

Changes in your discharge may be symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease. Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are two diseases where the symptoms include changes in vaginal discharge. Other symptoms they can cause are smelly discharge and a burning sensation when urinating. Chlamydia or gonorrhoea are quite often symptomless, which makes it difficult to evaluate whether or not you are infected if you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms. Both chlamydia and gonorrhoea are usually treated with antibiotics. It is advisable that you see a doctor in order to receive a reliable diagnosis.

Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection that is transmitted via sexual contact. Common symptoms include malodorous discharge that can have a yellow colour with greenish hues. The discharge can have tiny bubbles in it or be somewhat bloody. Itching or burning in the vagina are quite common symptoms. If you suspect trichomoniasis you should see a doctor for a correct diagnosis and treatment. The infection is usually treated with antibiotics.