Desquamative Inflammatory Vaginitis

 Even though DIV is a rare and unusual condition characterized by a vaginal rash and purulent (consisting of, containing, or discharging pus) discharge, or perhaps because of this, desquamative inflammatory vaginitis frequently goes unrecognized.

Desquamative Inflammatory Vaginitis

Desquamative inflammatory vaginitisDIV is known as a kind of vaginitis (an inflammation of the vagina) because of the highly inflammatory way your vaginal skin reacts to the type of discharge produced by desquamative inflammatory vaginitis. However, desquamative inflammatory vaginitis is not truly an infection because it is not brought about by a specific organism invading your vagina, the way yeast infiltrates your vagina during a yeast infection. DIV is a form of vaginitis resembling atrophic vaginitis (an inflammationion of the vagina due to the thinning and shrinking of the tissues and decreased lubrication caused by a lack of estrogen), except it can also affect women with normal estrogen levels.

DIV is uncommon; it is a very rare but debilitating condition.

Symptoms of Desquamative Inflammatory Vaginitis

If you have DIV, you will experience symptoms of an excessive discharge coming out of your vagina. This vaginal discharge has no smell. It is usually yellow but can also be gray or green. It is very sticky and dries on your vulva like glue. In the spots where this discharge dries, the skin becomes red, inflamed, and itchy. Other symptoms of desquamative inflammatory vaginitis include:

Risks with Desquamative Inflammatory Vaginitis

Both premenopausal and postmenopausal women can be diagnosed with desquamative inflammatory vaginitis.

The patients that are most affected by DIV are perimenopausal women. Perimenopause is the time in your life where the physiological changes that begin your transition to menopause start occurring.

Causes of Desquamative Inflammatory Vaginitis

There is no medical consensus about what the cause of DIV is. There are three current theories about the cause of desquamative inflammatory vaginitis:

Diagnosing Desquamative Inflammatory Vaginitis

Your doctor will diagnose you with DIV after he or she has examined a sample of your vaginal discharge Desquamative inflammatory vaginitisunder a microscope. If DIV is indeed what you have, your physician will see a huge amount of white blood cells and parabasal cells (immature cells of the vagina). This discharge, when tested for bacteria and pH level, shows a pH of about 5.5 or more. The bacteria levels show an increase in Staph or Strep and an absence of good lactobacilli.

Treatment for DIV consists of antibiotic or corticosteroid therapy. The most common antibiotics and medications used along with them are:

The antibiotic you will take will either be a suppository that is directly inserted into your vagina, or a cream that you rub onto the outside of your vagina for about two weeks. There is a chance that you will be prescribed with both

Although being diagnosed with desquamative inflammatory vaginitis may be very daunting, it is important to stay positive, especially if you are going through the hormonal and physical changes associated with menopause. Things like:

The combination of these symptoms can make you feel a sense of depression, especially if desquamative inflammatory vaginitis is plaguing you at the same time. It is important to seek mental help from a counselor, therapist, or even a psychiatrist as well as help from your physician.


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