Yeast infection treatment

For any woman that has ever suffered a yeast infection you know how frustrating it can be. Yeast infections can cause you to feel very uncomfortable and you may not even want to leave your house. Before discussing what type of treatments there are for yeast infections we should first gain an understanding of what causes yeast infections in the first place.

You may have one yeast infection, several infections or never have one at all. Every woman’s body is different. Some woman may be more susceptible to developing too much yeast and therefore have more infections. Nearly 75 % of women suffer at least one yeast infection during their lifetime. It is normal to have yeast in the vagina, but when an over abundance of yeast, or Candida Albicans, grows in the vagina this is when a yeast infection can occur.

The most common signs of a yeast infection are burning, redness and severe itching of the surrounding areas of the vagina or vulva. Other signs can include rash, soreness, pain during urination or sexual intercourse and white, thick discharge that does not have an offensive odor. Some woman may experience one of these symptoms whereas another woman may experience them all. These symptoms can be mild or very severe and can also differ from one infection to the next.

There are several reasons for developing a yeast infection, but the most common is caused by a weakened immune system. Also factors include, menstruation, pregnancy, stress, hormonal changes, taking medications, illness or lack of sleep. All of these can play an important role in how your body handles the yeast levels.

If this is your first time experiencing a yeast infection it’s important to get checked out by your physician to be sure there is nothing else going on. There could be an underlying condition or you could be fooled by your symptoms and think you have a yeast infection when really it is an infection of a different type. At the same time, if you are a victim of reoccurring yeast infections and you are not sure why you continue to get the same infections over and over, you may also want to discuss this with your doctor. There could be something going on in your life that is causing these types of infections to come back often.

Your doctor will be able to prescribe you with some antifungal medications to help cure your infection. However, if you are certain you are dealing with a yeast infection you can also treat these infections with over the counter yeast treatments. Often doctors will prescribe medication in pill form but if you decide to get an over the counter medication you will be able to find some antifungal creams or suppositories that are made specifically for treating your condition. These creams and suppositories can come in 1-7 day treatments and usually can work quite well. There are also several different home remedies that have been used over the years that woman have claimed work well for prevention and treatment of the infection as well as the symptoms caused by the infection.

In order to prevent further yeast infections you can try to avoiding hot baths and hot tubs, change wet clothes as soon as possible after sweating or swimming, wear loose fitting, cotton underwear, avoid douches, bubble baths and scented hygiene products, and change your tampons and pads frequently while on your period.

Although no one ever wants to deal with a yeast infection, you can prevent the symptoms from getting too severe if you start treating your infection right away.

Last updated on Jun 10th, 2009 and filed under Reproductive Health. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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