What Is Trichomoniasis?

Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection and is often asymptomatic. If a woman does have symptoms, they usually notice an excessive amount of discharge (sometimes can be described as “frothy” or green), vaginal itching, pain with intercourse or pain with urination. Symptoms may worsen during menses. If a patient suspects they have trichomoniasis, it is important they see their provider for an exam. An antibiotic, metronidazole (Flagyl) will be prescribed if a diagnosis of trichominiasis is made. During the course of treatment, it is important that patients avoid alcohol for up to 24 hours after completion of the medication to prevent an adverse drug reaction. In addition, the woman’s partner should also be treated for the infection. Both partners should abstain from intercourse until both partners are appropriately treated.

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