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Yeast Infection Background
First, you should know that if you’re having problems with yeast infections, you’re not alone. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), yeast infections are the second most common type of vaginal infection. About 75% of women in the United States suffer from them. According to WebMD, yeast infections recur in between 40% and 45% of women.
So there’s nothing abnormal about you if you have them. The good news is, yeast infections are easily treatable and preventable. It starts with understanding the common symptoms, methods of diagnosis and treatment.
You should also know that there are multiple names for yeast infections, including: “vaginal candidiasis,” “vulvovaginal candidiasis “and “candidal vaginitis.”
How Yeast Infections Are Diagnosed
No one likes talking about yeast infections. Thankfully, compared to other vaginal health problems, yeast infection diagnosis is easy and nonintrusive.
Here are some common symptoms:
- Thick, white vaginal discharge
- Itching or soreness in the vagina
- Pain or discomfort while urinating
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- More severe symptoms include inflammation, swelling or dryness and cracks in the wall of the vagina
Most doctors can easily diagnose a yeast infection and prescribe a treatment, just by talking to you about your symptoms. Of course, a good doctor will also help you with preventative treatments and that starts with understanding the cause of yeast infections.
What Causes Yeast infections?
Yeast infections are caused by a fungus called “Candidiasis.” Under normal circumstances, your immune system can fight this fungus with the help of a healthy bacterium called “Lactobacilli.”
Unfortunately, many things can throw your hormones out of balance, leaving you prone to Candidiasis infections. Here are some common risk factors:
- Birth control pills
Certain feminine hygiene products, such as douches and vaginal sprays, can also upset the balance in your vagina. And, of course, while a yeast infection isn’t an STD, it can also be passed through sexual contact.
And yes, men can get yeast infections too.
Immune system deficiencies can also upset your body’s natural balance and cause yeast infections to occur, and to recur. Warm temperate and moisture can also upset the balance in your vagina. This is why women who are prone to yeast infections often get them from bathing in hot tubs.
The Best Way to Treat a Yeast Infection Online
While there are many over-the-counter treatments for yeast infections, according to WebMD, you should see a doctor if you’re having recurring attacks.
You should also talk to a doctor if you’re having your first yeast infection, but you’re suffering from severe symptoms like inflammation, swelling or cracking.
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