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An abnormal whitish or yellowish discharge from the vagina containing mucus and pus cells; also spelt as leukorrhea.
Persons most commonly affected: Females of menstruating ages.
Organ or part of body involved: Female reproductive system.
Symptoms and indications: An abnormal vaginal discharge which is usually heavy, may be accompanied by itching of the genital organs and anal area, and may have a disagreeable odor.
Causes and risk factors: Caused by an infection of the vagina by fungi, parasites, or bacteria. It may also be caused by an infection of the cervix, a tumour, or other abnormal growth, the presence of foreign matter (such as a forgotten tampon) in the vagina, or an inflammation of the vagina caused by chemicals in douches or contraceptive creams or jellies.
Prevention: A good diet is essential in the prevention of leucorrhea especially in foods containing vitamins A and B. Avoid underwear made of synthetics and tight fitting jeans. Try wearing cotton underwear instead. Avoid harsh detergents, bubble baths, or similar products.