According to statistics, 75% of women may develop a yeast infection in their vagina at some point in their lives. This is not a pleasant experience due to the burning, itching and discharge that accompanies this condition. Yeast is a natural part of the vaginas ecosystem, an overgrowth of yeast causes the symptoms of the vaginal infection.
What Is A Yeast Infection
Yeast infections can happen in different parts of the body and is not limited to the vagina. Athlete’s foot is due to yeast infection in the feet. A mouth infection on the other hand is known as thrush. Women are not the only ones that can have yeast infections, men can have them too.
Yeast can be found in our bodies and is usually a partner of good bacteria which fights off infections. What causes a yeast infection is an overgrowth of yeast due to imbalance with the good bacteria. Good bacteria are what keeps the yeast in our bodies in its right levels, a decrease will cause the yeast to increase which leads to overgrowth. This may result in symptoms of vaginal yeast infection.
For women who experience vaginal yeast infection for the first time, it is recommended to see a gynecologist so that proper diagnosis and yeast infection medicine can be prescribed.
Women have different body conditions, so treatment may vary. Experts say that the vagina is known for healing itself when it comes to minor infections. If a woman is healthy and the immune system is strong, it may only take a few days for her body to naturally repair the vaginal infection. No medication is needed in some cases which is good news for many. Rest and eating healthy, especially adding up on your probiotic consumption can help in hastening the healing process.
Non-Prescription Treatment For Yeast Infection
Vaginal yeast infection is one of the most common infections that women experience. There are now a lot of non prescription remedies that can be bought over the counter like creams and suppositories. Unlike before when most treatment would require a prescription. Lotrimin, Monistat and Vagistat-1 can be bought over the counter.
Antifungal Vaginal Creams
When the infection is severe, doctors usually prescribe an antifungal vaginal cream. Terconazole and Butoconazole are, the more common creams that are recommended. Vaginal creams can take from 3 to 7 days to cure the infection depending on the concentration of the drugs used.
In cases where there is severe inflammation, doctors may also prescribe a steroid cream for a few days to ease the symptoms.
Oral Antifungal Medications
For severe cases, doctors may give a prescription drug called Diflucan. This will kill fungus and yeast in the whole body so expect minor treatment reactions like upset stomach, nausea, fever, skin rash and headaches.
Diflucan should not be taken if a woman is pregnant because this might cause miscarriage or birth defects. This is why women should be cautious when taking yeast infection medicine when they are pregnant. It is vital to consult with your doctor first before taking any medication whether prescription or nonprescription.
There are cases where the symptoms last even after all the medications have been taken already. This may be a case of recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis. This condition may require anti fungal medication which may last for 6 months.
When yeast infections are a common occurrence, it could be due to a type of yeast that is a resistant strain. High blood sugar levels may also be the cause of repeated infections because sugar is food for yeast.
Vaginal yeast infection may be a common condition for women, especially during the summer season. Yeast thrives in moist conditions, but there are ways to prevent yeast infections during this time of the year. It all starts with maintaining a healthy body by eating right and getting a lot of sleep. Wearing underwear that allows the vagina to “breathe” naturally is important so it is better to avoid wearing underwear that is too tight especially during summer season. As long as we have our immune system working in it optimal state, then vaginal infections can be kept in check not just during summer but for the rest of the year.