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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 49-53

Changes of Vaginal pH With Vengaaraneer Douche in Kabayonirogam (Vulvovaginal Candidiasis)


Department of Pothu Maruthuvam, Government Siddha Medical College, Chennai- 106, India

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S Bharathi
Department of Pothu Maruthuvam, Government Siddha Medical College, Chennai- 106
India
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BACKGROUND: Kabayonirogam which is symptomatically similar with vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) is one of the most common vaginal infections in women. Despite advances in antifungal therapies in conventional management, there is a need for affordable alternative health care, particularly in case of recurrent VVC. Mechanisms by which asymptomatic colonization converts to symptomatic disease and recurrences were studied elaborately by many authors. The ability of switching between yeast and hyphae in response to environmental cues particularly pH changes is thought to be associated with virulence. This study investigates the effect of changes in pH by treatment with Vengaaraneer douche in VVC patients. The aim of the current study is to monitor the changes in pH before and after application of vengaaraneer douche in VVC patients. METHODS: Ten positive VVC patients were enrolled for study. Vaginal swabs were collected for the presence of candida albicans in microbiology department by using Gram’s staining, and to evaluate the pH. RESULTS: The results were statistically evaluated by paired t test, SPSS software. CONCLUSION: The morphological transition necessary for the virulence of Candida albicansis more in the neutral and alkaline pH. As per results there is high significance of vengaaraneer douching influencing the pH of the vaginal environment by reducing the pH which may reduce virulence as the transition is dependent on the ability of the candida albicans to change the pH. This is only a pilot study; more detailed study is required to establish the effect of vengaaraneer on pH modulation.


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