Inflammation of the vagina that may be caused by infection, commonly by the fungus (see candidiasis), the parasite (see trichomoniasis), or bacteria. After the menopause the vaginal lining becomes fragile and prone to inflammation. This is called atrophic vaginitis and is due to a reduction in the production of oestrogen hormones. Infections are treated with antibiotics or antifungal drugs. In cases of allergy, irritants should be avoided. Any foreign body is removed. Atrophic vaginitis is treated with oestrogen drugs. (See also vulvitis; vulvovaginitis.)


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