Vaginal discharge is fluid created by glands inside of the vagina and cervix to eliminate dead cells and bacteria, keeping the vagina clean and preventing infection. It is a part of a normally functioning female body and can vary in odor and color (clear to milky white) depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle. Sometimes, however, the color, smell, or consistency of vaginal discharge can become different than usual (brown, yellow, thick, or green) or be accompanied by vaginal itching or burning. In these instances, you may be experiencing an infection or other condition that should be treated by a doctor.

There is a wide range of things that can cause abnormal discharge to occur, including antibiotics or steroids, birth control pills, diabetes, pelvic inflammatory disease, yeast infections, vaginitis, cervical cancer, and more. Overall, if you are experiencing discharge that is an abnormal color, has a strong smell, or is paired with itching or discomfort, be sure to contact your doctor for assessment.

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Abnormal Vaginal Discharge

If you are concerned regarding abnormal discharge, Dr. Tepper will first speak with you regarding your symptoms and your sexual and health history. He may take a sample of the discharge or perform a Pap test to collect cervical cells for closer examination.

The treatment for your abnormal discharge will vary depending on what is causing the problem. For example, bacterial vaginosis is treated with antibiotics, yeast infections are treated with antifungal mediations, and trichomoniasis is treated with the medications Flagyl or Tindamax. Dr. Tepper will speak with you regarding your diagnosis and the proper treatment options to help resolve your abnormal discharge for a healthy and happy you.


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Tips to Prevent Abnormal Discharge

In order to prevent abnormal vaginal discharge or vaginal infections, patients can take the following precautions:

  • Wash your vagina regularly with gentle, mild soap and warm water on the outside. Soap should not be put directly into the vagina.
  • Always wipe from the front to the back after using the bathroom to prevent bacteria from entering the vagina.
  • Avoid scented soaps and feminine products.
  • Remove tampons before going to bed.
  • Always wash and dry your hands before touching the vaginal area.
  • Wear underwear that is made with 100% cotton, and avoid wearing very tight clothes.
  • After sex, use the bathroom to urinate to help prevent a urinary tract infection (UTI).


Whether you are a new or returning patient, Dr. Tepper can assess your concerns and discuss your options to find the most comfortable and convenient care for you. To get started, call our office to set up an appointment.


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Are you experiencing abnormal discharge, discomfort, or itching? If so, be sure to contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tepper. The soon we see you, the quicker we can administer treatment and get you back to feeling your best.

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