Vaginal yeast infections are relatively common among adult women that are caused by a yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans. Also known as vulvovaginal candidiasis, the infection is created through an over-abundance of the yeast fungus, commonly found in the mouth, intestines and vagina. This yeast is a good thing and helps to control spread of bacteria that find their way into the body. However, when the yeast overgrows, it leads to infection that may cause a multitude of symptoms. Proper understanding and identification of signs of a vaginal yeast infection leads to prompt treatment and relief from symptoms. Vaginal yeast infections most commonly afflict women of childbearing age, but men may also experience candidiasis infections without symptoms.
Things You'll Need
- Anti-fungal drugs found in OTC creams or suppositories such as:
Pay attention to changes in your body, especially around menstrual cycles. A yeast infection may begin with itching or burning sensations in the genital area.
Watch for signs of vaginal discharge that is not typical. Women may experience some sort of discharge during the course of the month, so it is important to know what is normal and what is not. Yeast infections often prompt a discharge that is thick and lumpy.
Note any changes in odor of discharges. A vaginal yeast infection may create an unpleasant odor, but not one that is particularly foul.
Urinating may cause a burning sensation that may sting or cause skin irritation to surrounding tissues. Look at the area and watch for red, swollen or tender skin surrounding the genital area.
Pay attention to any pain experienced during intimate relations. When noticing anything different about the look or feel of skin tissues surrounding the genital area, take note and try using an anti-fungal cream as per directions on the container. If symptoms aren't relieved within a few days, schedule a visit with your physician or gynecologist.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are prone to vaginal yeast infections, take care to use unscented soaps when bathing and avoid douching. Avoid wearing tight pants and purchase undergarments that allow air to circulate next to the skin. Avoid intimate relations until the infection has cleared up.
- Take antibiotics prescribed by a physician only as directed. Antibiotics will kill most of the bacteria in the body, including the good bacteria so make sure you have yogurt or something that contains acidophilus to maintain adequate levels of the good bacteria to fight off additional infections.
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