In this post, I’m going to tackle something you probably don’t WANT to know, but it’s something you should defintiely be aware of. I’m going to cover some of the more common Yeast Infection Symptoms and Signs:
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Several types of bacteria and fungi live in the vagina of a healthy woman. A certain species of bacteria known as lactobacillus acidophilus is responsible for keeping the growth of fungi under control. It does so by producing the chemical hydrogen peroxide.
Try dousing hydrogen peroxide on some mold and you will immediately see it frothing – it kills the fungus immediately.
Certain factors such as taking antibiotics, pregnancy, hormonal imbalances, diabetes, douching and sexually transmitted diseases alter the pH balance within the vagina – this promotes growth of fungi and results in a yeast infection.
Yeast infections are pretty common but they tend to recur often and become a serious nuisance and health risk unless treated properly. It is important to detect the infection during the early stages as this makes it easy to cure.
Telltale symptoms of yeast infections:
- Itching in the vagina and on the vulva (entrance and labia). The itching sensation can be quite severe and makes it difficult to go about daily activities such as working, traveling, studying etc.
- A thick, white, odorless substance is discharged from the vagina. This substance somewhat resembles clumps of cottage cheese. In some cases the discharge can be watery.
- The vulva appears red and swollen.
- Burning sensation in and around the vagina.
- Rash on the vulva
- Pain and/or burning sensation while urinating. This pain is accentuated when the urine touches any part of the irritated skin.
- Pain during sexual intercourse.
Many home remedies are also effective in curing basic infections, such as:
The above mentioned over the counter medicines are effective only against the Candida Albicans fungus. Other Candida fungi require different forms of treatment.
If a yeast infection is left untreated, you will experience aggravated symptoms and cracks and tears will begin to appear on the vulva. In the event of such an occurring, you should seek professional medical assistance as soon as possible.
If your yeast infection has recurred more than 4 times within the duration of 12 months, see your doctor immediately.
Also, a yeast infection in pregnant women can cause complications and hence requires immediate medical attention.
Do NOT attempt to self-treat your infection if you are pregnant.
There are a few basic steps that you can take to prevent yeast infections:
- Wear cotton or silk underwear as these materials absorb moisture easily and help in keeping the pubic area dry.
- Refrain from wearing undergarments manufactured from nylon and other synthetics and these have negligible moisture absorbing capacity.
- Wear loose fitting clothes that facilitate ventilation instead of tight fitting ones that retain heat.
- Avoid processed sugars as they wreak havoc in the body and the sugar creates an environment for the growth of fungi.
- Regular exercise, proper nutrition and sufficient hydration can help significantly in preventing and reducing the rate of yeast infections.