Yeast infection – what is it?
Most women would develop yeast infection once in their lives. This is an infection of the vagina which causes itching and burning of the outer part of the vagina (vulva). This is caused by the increase in growth of fungus Candida. Since yeast normally lives in the vagina in small amounts, it is not impossible to have too many yeasts growing in that part. When a healthy vagina’s balance of bacteria goes out of hand, this causes imbalance and causes yeast. Some of the main causes of this would be medications and imbalance in estrogen level, weak immune system, lack of sleep, poor eating habits and diet.
Diagnosis – am I likely to have this?
Doctors will first ask about your medical history – history of yeast infection as well as any sexually transmitted disease. Doctors would then examine the pelvic area and vagina to see if there are any external infections. After this, your doctor will prescribe any medications if necessary or treatments you can undergo.
How to get rid of it?
For simple cases, doctors prescribe creams. Some may also be over the counter medicines to be ingested. Home remedies that we can use are vinegar, tea tree oil and yogurt eaten to promote good bacteria.
Contagious? Easily contacted?
It can be acquired through with or without sexual intercourse
Avoid wearing tight pants/shorts, avoid using tampons/pads for a long time, do not sit on wet clothing, eat a balanced diet and properly wash your under garments.
It should be noted that yeast infections are most common during pregnancy. Consult your doctor for further steps and do not take any medications except when told to do so.
Where can you find more information?
Contact Faith Medical Group or drop by at our clinics!