Yeast Infections – General Informations

December 8, 2014 admin 0 Comments

Yeast is a fungus found naturally in the vagina, in small quantities. A vaginal yeast infection occurs when then the number yeast cells in the vagina grow to be large in number. Such infections are actually quite common and although they can be annoying and uncomfortable, in most cases they rarely become serious and treatment is simple enough.

A vagina that is healthy will have many bacteria cell and even small amount of yeast cells. The bacteria found in the largest quantity, Lactobacillus acidophilus, is actually important as it maintains other organisms found in the vagina, including yeast, under control. When something occurs which disrupts the balance of these organisms found in the vagina, the cell count of yeast can increase to a amount too large and cause problems- which is known as a yeast infection. The majority of yeast infections are brought about by a kind of yeast known as Candidaalbicans.

So what a yeast infection?

Well, it is important to remember that a yeast infection is not caused by the presence of yeast in the vagina, but rather an disproportionate amount of yeast. This may occur do to a reduction of Lactobacillus acidophilus in the vagina, which controls the quantity of yeast. What’s also important to remember is that you never want completely irradiate yeast from the vagina.

The consumption of antibiotics can sometimes cause an imbalance in the amount organisms (in the vagina) to occur. High levels of estrogen upon pregnancy and/or hormone therapy can also result in this organism imbalance, which will bring about a yeast infection. What’s more, specific health issues, such as HIV, AIDS and diabetes can also cause an imbalance.

What are the symptoms?

The tell-tale symptom of a yeast infection is itching and/or soreness within the vagina which can on occasion cause a burning sensation and/or pain during urination or sex. Some patients may also find white discharge that is clumpy and thick yet with no odor; it is often described as appearing similar to cottage cheese.

Such symptoms more often then not will occur the week previous menstruation. Having said that, it’s not that difficult to misdiagnose a vaginal infection on your own. If you are not sure (especially if it is your first time experiencing these symptoms), be sure to see a doctor. If you happen to be pregnant, make sure to mention this to you doctor.

What treatment can I apply at home?

If this isn’t your first time having a yeast infection and you are sure of the symptoms (and if you are NOT pregnant), it is possible to apply self-treatment at home with non-prescription medication that you can buy over the counter. Some medications that are available are an anti-fungal cream (also known as a suppository) that you can place in your vagina, or anti-fugal  tablet that are taken orally.

If you ARE pregnant, it may be best to wait, as the symptoms may disappear on their own. This is due to the fact that yeast infections can be quite common during pregnancy. If you ARE pregnant, do NOT take any medication before consulting with a doctor.

 

 

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