Yellow discharge: what it is, causes and treatments!

Yellow discharge is usually a sign of a gynecological infection, especially if accompanied by a bad smell, burning or vaginal itching. Trichomoniasis is perhaps the main cause of this type of discharge, but other infections can also cause it, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia .

This foul-smelling discharge is not normal and could be trichomoniasis , a sexually transmitted disease that in women can still be accompanied by pain during intimate contact and burning when urinating.

The diagnosis of the disease can be made by the gynecologist through the pap smear or by observing the vaginal secretion. After identifying the disease, it is important to start treatment, which can be done with drugs such as Metronidazole or Secnidazole, as trichomoniasis increases the risk of other infections, including AIDS .

What is yellow discharge?

Yellowish discharge can be a sign of trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis, with or without itching and odor, thin or pasty greenish is a sign of trichomoniasis and can also be a sign of gonorrhea and chlamydia , so it is important to thoroughly investigate its cause.

Pap smear (preventive) should be performed to diagnose the cause of yellow discharge . Treatment is usually done with antibacterial and antiparasitic drugs, such as Metronidazole, Secnidazole and Tinidazole, orally and in the form of an ointment.

In addition, it is considered normal in women of childbearing age if it is thin, does not have a bad odor or irritation, and comes in small amounts.

Causes of yellow discharge:

Trichomoniasis is usually the main cause of yellow discharge , but gonorrhea or chlamydia , other sexually transmitted diseases, can also cause this type of discharge. Other symptoms of gonorrhea and chlamydia include painful urination and pain during intimate contact, and treatment can be with antibiotics.

In men it can also be trichomoniasis , gonorrhea or chlamydia and although it is usually not accompanied by other symptoms, men can also experience pain when urinating and pain and swelling in the testicles.

Odorless yellow discharge  is normal, especially if the woman is of childbearing age, and it happens because the cervix glands release a transparent mucus that in contact with the air can acquire a yellowish color. This odorless discharge may be more frequent before menstruation.

Treatment of yellow discharge:

The greenish, foul-smelling treatment caused by trichomoniasis , both in men and women, can be done with the use of antibiotic and antiparasitic drugs such as Metronidazole, Secnidazole or Tinidazole.

The treatment caused by gonorrhea or chlamydia can be done with antibiotics such as Ceftriaxone, Azithromycin or Ciprofloxacin, for example. The partner must also do the treatment, even if they do not have symptoms, to prevent the individual from being contaminated again.

The treatment of yellow discharge in women should be indicated by the gynecologist and in men by the urologist. During treatment, it is recommended:

  • Use condoms so as not to contaminate the partner;
  • Avoid doing vaginal douches because douches remove the bacterial layer from the intimate region responsible for protecting this region from infections;
  • Avoid using perfumes or intimate hygiene sprays, as they alter the vaginal pH;
  • Wear cotton underwear, because cotton does not cause irritation;
  • Avoid wearing tight pants or shorts, preferring to wear skirts or dresses to allow air in the area.

Another tip for treatment is to avoid tampons, preferring external ones.

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