Q: Hello Doc please I need your help. Can a little girl have a private discharge and what could be the problem? Thank you in advance.
A: Yes a little girl can have a vaginal discharge (I assume this is what you are talking about). Is this discharge associated with itching? If so and the discharge is cheesy white and thick, it may be candidiasis. Please let the doctor confirm the diagnosis. He will take a detailed history and find out what exactly this discharge is or is not.
If it is due to candidiasis, understanding that this infection is also common in people whose immune systems are compromised and people who wear tight panties that do not allow their delicate inner selves to ‘breath’, is important. Preferred materials for undies would be cotton and should be loose (I see my fashionistas frowning :D). It also happens in people who take a lot of antibiotics. Normally, some bacteria and fungi (yeast) co-exist peacefully 😀 in the vagina. To encourage this peaceful co-existence, the bacteria produce some acid that hold the yeast in check and prevent their over-growth. When antibiotics are abused, this leads to a situation where the yeast takes over 😉 Treatment is with an anti-fungal.
You can prevent candida by wearing loose cotton undies, not abusing antibiotics which encourage candida to over grow the vagina. As had been mentioned on this page before, all you need to wash your delicate inner self is clean water and clean hands. Ensure that you dry properly after a bath to prevent the build up of fluid and warmth that encourages fungal growth.
Treatment of vaginal candidiasis is with anti-fungal vaginal tablets and/or anti-fungal cream which can be used for between 1-3 days depending on drug of choice. A single course dose of Fluconazole can also be taken orally. Any of these regimen may be extended if the infection is complicated…let your doctor be the best judge of that 😀
Have a good evening, y’all 😀