Yeast infection also called candidiasis, is a quite common female condition. It is mostly related to the fungus Candida which is a naturally developing microorganism in the vaginal area. The bacteria, Lactobacillus maintain its growth and keep it in check. But in case there is an imbalance in the system, the bacteria will be ineffective. This would lead to overgrowth of the yeast that causes yeast infections.
Identifying the signs and symptoms of yeast infection is the initial step for treating this condition.
Not every woman demonstrates obvious symptoms during a yeast infection, particularly in the case where the infection is minor.
Yeast infection symptoms can include:
- Itching in vaginal area and area around the vulva
- Burning sensation in the vaginal area
- Gray/white vaginal discharge
- Enlargement or swelling of the vulva
- Burning sensation during urination
- Pain during sexual intercourse
Most of the vaginal yeast infections do not discharge a vaginal odor; more commonly a fishy odor due to bacterial infections that are caused by the Candida albicans.
Treating yeast infection could relieve the symptoms within just a few days. In severe cases, this might take up to 2 weeks.
In case a woman had a diagnosed yeast infection previously and believes that the present symptoms are due to yeast infection, it is sensible to ask a doctor about the self-treatment with an over the counter medication.
However, in case the symptoms do not improve or if they come back again, a visit to the doctor is warranted.
Each yeast infection could be different from the other, so the doctor would advise treatment that would the best for you. Treatments are usually based on the severity of the symptoms.
For simple yeast infections, the doctor would usually recommend a 1-3 day use of an ointment, antifungal cream or a tablet.
How can you prevent Yeast Infection?
They say prevention is better than cure. The following are the methods to prevent Yeast Infection in your body.
- Keep it dry.
Cleanliness is as always important. Make sure to prevent yeast from spreading by keeping your skin clean and dry. Wash your genital area with mild soap daily and wear dry underclothes. Needless to say, wash and dry your clothes to avoid exposure to moisture which results in yeast accumulation.
- Have a balanced Nutrient-Rich Diet Regime
Boost your health by including vegetables in your diet. Have food that has plenty of protein. Probiotic foods are good for fighting yeast infections and other similar conditions. Also, consumption of Fermented foods such as yogurt, kombucha and other dairy products will increase the immune system and protect the intestine from yeast infections. However, avoid sugar and processed food as it can increase the yeast growth
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