Abstract

STUDY OF VULVOVAGINAL CANDIDIASIS AMONG NONPREGNANT WOMEN ATTENDING A TERTIARY CARE TEACHING HOSPITAL IN KARNATAKA, INDIA

Author(s): Rajeshwari Prabhakar Rao

Vulvovaginal candidiasis is one of the most common infections seen in women. Candida spp. are normal flora of the vagina that become pathogenic under some predisposing conditions, and thus present as a common aetiology of vulvovaginitis. If the condition is not recognised and diagnosed early, this could cause serious genital discomfort and a common reason for frequent gynaecological consultation. We wanted to determine the prevalence of vulvovaginal candidiasis and influence of antibacterial therapy, age and prevailing health conditions on its occurrence among nonpregnant women attending our teaching hospital.