Yeast infections are caused by an imbalance between the bacteria and the yeast that help keep our skin healthy. Candida is the strain of yeast that is notorious for overgrowing and causing yeast infections in both men and women. Hormonal changes, lifestyle habits, pre-existing health conditions and environmental factors can all contribute to a persistent yeast infection. Yeast infections tend to take hold in places that are warm, moist and dark. Vaginal canals, feet, and armpits are thus likely arenas for yeast infection. Luckily, treating yeast infections are accessible both over the counter and in prescription form. Use this information to help you determine the best yeast infection treatment for you.
WHO IS AT RISK FOR A YEAST INFECTION?
Yeast infections can affect people of all ages, from infants to adults. The most common form is a vaginal yeast infection, which affects 75% of women at some point throughout their lives. Other types of yeast infections can develop in the mouth, armpits, or feet. Males can contract yeast infections in their genitals, although this manifestation is less common than in women. Some people may be more prone to yeast infections than others. In fact, repeat yeast infections can be indicative of more serious problems, and should be brought to your doctor’s attention. Usually however, yeast infection treatments are easy to access and will quickly alleviate uncomfortable symptoms.
YEASFT INFECTION SYMPTOMS
Most common yeast infection symptoms are a burning, itching sensation accompanied by visibly irritated and inflamed skin. In the case of a vaginal yeast infection, discharge may appear lumpy and thick. Male penile yeast infections are marked by irritation of the penis and area around the penis. In the mouth, yeast infections manifest as red, irritated oral tissue and itchy white spots throughout. While yeast infections can take on a variety of forms, the symptoms tend to be uniform. More serious symptoms could indicate a more advanced infection.
DIAGNOSIS AND YEAST INFECTION TREATMENT
Diagnosis of a yeast infection is typically based on the medical history and symptoms obtained by your doctor. Your doctor can help decide which treatment method is best for you. Different types of yeast infection require different treatment. For example, a vaginal yeast infection treatment may include an antifungal suppository, while other types of yeast infection can be treated topically with over-the-counter cream or spray. In many cases, doctors will agree with home remedies to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms, while also using a recommended OTC or prescription remedy to get rid of the root cause of the infection. For recurring yeast infections, your physician may suggest lifestyle changes or alternative routes of medicine to eradicate the problem and minimize your risk of future infection. Your doctor is your best ally as you decide which method of treatment is best for you.
HOW PLUSHCARE WORKS
1. Tell the PlushCare doctor about your yeast infection symptoms and other important medical information.
2. The doctor will diagnose you and send a recommendation for medication, if needed to your local pharmacy.
3. Pick up your prescription as soon as it is ready at the pharmacy.
If needed, the doctor can even order a urine test and you can drop off a sample locally for analysis!