What is Vaginal Yeast Infections?
Vaginal yeast infection or candidiasis is one of the common problems in women and is caused by a fungus called Candida. It is associated with swelling, itching and irritation. Around 75% women will have this disease sometime in their lives. This infection is usually spread through sexual contact; however it isn’t something that is sexually transmitted.
Causes of Vaginal Yeast Infections
The Candida is a naturally developing microorganism in vagina. Its growth is kept check through lactobacillus bacteria, but, it cannot work efficiently when there is an imbalance and leads to symptoms of candida yeast infection.
Mostly it is caused by Candida albicans that are easily curable. If it is a recurring yeast infection or you face problems eliminating it with conventional treatment, then there must be a different version of Candida. A doctor can ask for lab test to suggest the type of Candida.
This imbalance is caused due to:
- Use of antibiotics can lower the amount of good bacteria and lactobacillus,
- During Pregnancy
- When you have weaker immunity
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Eating lot of sugary foods and other poor food
- Hormonal imbalances while menstrual cycle
- Lack of sleep and stress
Common Symptoms of Vaginal Yeast Infection
The symptoms are mostly common. The duration you leave yeast infection untreated can effect on severity of the symptoms; usually it appears with following symptoms.
- Burning sensation
- Itching sensation
- Small or large quantity of vaginal discharge, usually thick and whitish gray and sometimes watery
- Soreness, pain or tenderness
- Pain during sex
- Rashes on vaginal areas
Diagnosing Vaginal Yeast Infection
Its diagnosis is simple and starts with getting information about medical history like past yeast infections. Usually, doctors also ask if this infection is ever transmitted sexually. Then is the Pelvic exam in which sufferer’s vagina, (cervix and vaginal wall) as well as surrounding area is examined externally to check the signs of infection. They also take a vaginal culture for confirmation. Amanda Leto will guide you how to examine yeast infections are suggested to the females who have the yeast infection history or they have them frequently or if infection is not eliminated.
As soon as the initial diagnosis is completed and you are suggested or alarmed for having the presence of yeast or can have it in future the doctor or health consultant can treat you vaginal yeast infection right according to its complexity and severity.