What is Whitish Discharge?
All women must have experienced whitish discharge. This natural condition serves to cleanse and protect the vagina from irritation and infection. Pregnant women can also experience whitish discharge associated with pregnancy
When experiencing whitish discharge, a woman will remove mucus from her vagina. Mucus produced in the vagina gland and cervix or cervix will come out while carrying dead cells and bacteria so that the vagina remains clean.
Characteristic Whitish Discharge
The amount, color, and viscosity of the whitish slime depends on the menstrual cycle experienced by a woman. For example, the amount of mucus will be more during fertile or breastfeeding.
Normal mucus is generally clear to whitish and odorless. Mucus is also usually not accompanied by itching or soreness in the vaginal area.
If you experience whitish with different symptoms, you should be vigilant. Abnormal whitish discharge can sometimes indicate a particular disease. For example, there are changes in the color and thickness of the mucus, excessive mucus, sharp odor of mucus, bleeding outside the menstrual schedule, as well as the itching around the vagina and abdominal pain.
Abnormal whitish discharge is also very rarely experienced by teenage girls who have not been through puberty and women who have menopause. Therefore, immediately consult a doctor if you, your child, or any other family members who experience it.
Non-Normal Whitish Discharge Type
Abnormal whitish generally occurs due to infection. This condition can also sometimes be an indication of certain diseases that should be wary of. The following are explanations of abnormal whitish types:
- Leucorrhoea with brown or bloody mucus
This whitish discharge is generally caused by irregular menstrual cycles. But still need to watch out for though rare, this condition can be an indication of cervical cancer or uterus.
- Whitish accompanied by pain or bleeding
Pain in the pelvic bone or during urination as well as the appearance of bleeding outside the menstrual cycle or after sex accompanying whitish discharge, may indicate gonorrhea or chlamydia.
If left unchecked, these two sexually transmitted diseases can trigger serious infections of the female reproductive organs. Therefore, immediately see a doctor to undergo treatment with antibiotics.
- Whitish with green, yellow, or bubbling mucus
This type of whiteness is usually caused by trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted disease caused by Trichomonas vaginalis parasite. Mucus due to this infection usually amounts to a lot, smells fishy, and accompanied by a sense of pain during urination.
Swelling and itching around the vagina and pain during urination and intercourse will also be experienced by patients trichomoniasis. This infection can also be treated with antibiotics.
- Whitish accompanied by blister sores around the genitals
The cause of this abnormal whitish discharge is usually genital herpes. This disease will cause the appearance of painful blisters around the sex organs.
The method of treatment is done with the consumption of antivirus tablets. However, recurrence may occur because the virus remains in the person’s body despite the symptoms are gone.
- Whitish with thick mucus, white, and accompanied by itching
Whitish is triggered by a fungal infection of the vagina. The indication is thick, odorless, and white-like mucus. Other symptoms that accompany it can be itching and irritation around the vagina.
This infection is not transmitted through sex and is experienced by most women. Treatment can be done with over-the-counter antifungal drugs in pharmacies.
- Whitish with dilute mucus is white or gray and smells fishy
Changes in balance in the amount of normal bacteria in the vagina can cause bacterial vaginosis. The whitish slime that appears will smell fishy, thin, and white or gray, but not accompanied by itching or irritation. It also includes a common and non-sexually transmitted infection. This infection can be treated with antibiotics.
The process of Whitish Discharge Diagnosis
Before performing a physical examination, your doctor will ask in advance about your medical history, as well as any symptoms you may experience. Questions about possible symptoms may be asked at the beginning of the whitish discharge, sexual history, and whitish descriptions such as smell, color, and presence of itching, pain, or burning sensations.
After that, the doctor may take some whitish fluid or do a Pap smear for later examination in the laboratory.
Treatment and Prevention Whitish Discharge
This type of whitish treatment is highly dependent on causes such as fungi or bacteria. So do not let you use drugs that do not fit the cause because whiteness can get worse. For example, whitish-induced fungus should be treated with antifungal or female antiseptic, or when leucorrhea is caused by bacteria it must be treated with antibiotics or female antiseptic. Type of treatment also ranges from pills taken to ointment or fluid applied on the inside of the genitals.
In addition to antifungal or antibiotics, a feminine antiseptic solution containing povidone-iodine that has bactericidal (fungal) and fungicidal properties (killing fungi) may be the first step to overcome whitish discharge. This female antiseptic can overcome the whitish with the causes of fungi and bacteria such as vaginal discharge due to protozoa Trichomonas vaginalis, Candida albicans fungi, and Gardnerella vaginalis bacteria.
Whitish can be avoided in several ways easily, among others by cleaning the outside of the female sex organs regularly (especially during menstruation and after intercourse) from the front to back (do not vice versa) to prevent bacteria enter the vagina. Then use underwear with comfortable material so that it is not moist and sticky, and do not insert foreign objects into the vagina without the doctor’s knowledge.
In women who often experience recurrent whitish discharge, can be overcome by using feminine antiseptic with povidone-iodine content twice daily for five days in a row. From several studies, povidone-iodine has advantages, which is able to maintain good levels of bacteria in the vagina, including overcome irritation, itching, and odor in the vagina. Daily feminine cleansers alone can not be used to treat vaginal discharge or infection in feminine areas such as irritation, itching, and odor.
And, if the whiteness continues, it is advisable to consult a doctor first.