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Abnormal Vaginal Discharge Overview

What is an abnormal vaginal discharge?
A woman with an abnormal vaginal discharge has abnormal fluid or mucus draining from the vagina. A vaginal discharge that is colored or foul-smelling is usually caused by an infection.

What are the symptoms of abnormal vaginal discharge?
Common symptoms of abnormal vaginal discharge include a clear discharge, white discharge, cloudy discharge, or colored discharge. Symptoms that may be associated with an abnormal vaginal discharge include lower abdominal pain, vaginal pain, vaginal itching, pain during intercourse, fever, nausea, pain during urination, and vomiting.

How does the doctor treat abnormal vaginal discharge?
If the abnormal vaginal discharge is due to an infection it may need to be treated with oral medications and topical medications.

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Last Updated: Feb 3, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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