A sexually transmitted disease that causes painful sores in the skin and which is often referred to as a “wrinkle buster” could be killing UK women due to its spread, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
According to the HPA, around 1 in 100 women affected by a severe case of bacterial vaginosis develop “beefy red” sores, called dermatoses, on their genitals or vagina. The condition can be treated, but those who have it frequently are at increased risk of developing a “bleeding ulcer,” which causes the skin to crack, bleed and crack again.
Three in 100 women have been diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis in the past year, and it’s one of the few “BVR” (Bacterial Vulvovaginal Reperfusion) cases currently diagnosed by the HPA in the UK.
The HPA has seen a rise in bacterial vaginosis across Europe as infections of the sores are becoming increasingly common. One explanation for the rise is that as countries transition to antimicrobial resistant bacteria, more and more infections will likely become deadly.
Bacterial vaginosis is common and may not require treatment. The main treatment is antibacterial cream that will wash the sores away.
For more info:
European Reference and Treatment Guidelines – HPA 2014