Yeast infections are very common among women.Yeast overgrowth occurs when the vaginal pH balance is disturbed and cause irritation of our genital area.
How do I know if I have a yeast infection?
To carefully diagnose if a woman has a yeast infection, a sample of the discharge is tested. Common signs and symptoms of yeast infections include:
● Intense itching of the genital area
● Burning sensation while urinating
● Pain during sexual intercourse
● Vaginal rash
● Redness and swelling of the vulva
● Watery or a thick, white vaginal discharge that resembles a tiny piece of cottage cheese
There are also other factors that increase a woman’s risk of developing a yeast infection such as taking antibiotics that destroy healthy bacteria in our vagina, high levels of estrogen which are common for pregnant women, women taking estrogen birth control pills, women that are on estrogen hormone therapy and including those who are receiving medical treatment for diabetes,chemotherapy and immune system disorder.
Normally, a yeast infection is odorless but sometimes it can produce a sour or a unpleasant smell. If you have a foul vaginal odor it's possible that it is not normal and may result in more serious conditions.
What is the treatment for vaginal yeast infection?
It is based on the seriousness of the symptoms since each yeast infection can be different.
It is important once you see a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner, to have a follow-up appointment to make sure your yeast infection improves or if you need other treatments, as the treatments below should fix it.
● You provider may prescribe oral anti fungal medications
● Anti fungal creams
● Ointments and capsules inserted into the vagina (either prescription or over the counter)
Now how do I prevent vaginal yeast infections?
This summer, it's very important to keep our genital area clean and dry since yeast infection related conditions increase due to the hot and sticky warm weather.
● Skip wearing tight-fitting underwear and clothes for now and wear cotton underwear or anything made with breathable fabric materials.
● Refrain from douching as it removes some of the good bacteria in the vagina that protects us from having infections.
● Stay away from using other feminine products, including scented soaps and bubble baths. Simply wash with a bar of unscented soap and water.
● Staying in the hot tub for too long or having very hot baths can cause yeast infections since yeast develops in warm, moist environments.
● Avoid self-administering and taking antibiotics for colds or other viral infections unless prescribed by your doctor.
Just by simply changing panty liners and sanitary pads or tampons frequently during periods, and wiping front to back can prevent irritation that causes infection.
We understand it can be uncomfortable to discuss sensitive situations such as this but not addressing it will potentially put our health at risk.
At Acadia Women’s Health, we are going to help you be proactive in taking care of your health to keep you feeling at your best.