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19 Jan 2004

Personal Hygiene
I have been suffering from vaginitis for a very long time and get several re-occurances per year. Using creams like canestan etc clears it up but it always comes back. Kindly give me guidelines on ideal vaginal care. Should I be using soap, what soap to use, should you douche, is showering better than bathing, what about foam baths and bath oils? Any and all information would be appreciated.
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01 Jan 0001

The first thing to do is to find out the cause of the vaginitis. If it is thrush, there is information in the archives on how to avoid recurrences. If it is something else, different treatments may be necessary.
The vagina is self cleaning so it is not necessary to douche. Bath oils and foams can change the pH of the vagina, making you more susceptible to infections, so it might be best to avoid these. Any soap is suitable . If there is any suspicion of allergy, then try a neutral soap like Neutrogena. In general, showering is probably better but bathing from time to time should not be a problem.

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