Yeast infections happen when there is a large amount of yeast in the vagina, the yeast is called Candida albicans. Candida albicans is a type of fungus.
Symptoms of Yeast Infections
Some common symptoms that women with yeast infections experience are vaginal itching, burning, irritations, and tenderness. Urinating can be painful and having sex could also hurt. Vaginal discharge doesn’t always occur, but when it does the discharge will be thick and white and can look cottage cheese like. This discharge will not have a bad smell to it.
What are the causes of a yeast infection?
There are a lot of things that can contribute to you having a higher chance of getting a yeast infection, such as hormones, periods, sleeping too little, bad eating habits, medications, stress, etc. Always change your tampons or pads frequently when you are on your period. Using douches and taking hot baths, bubble baths, or being in hot tubs should be avoided if you want to lower your chances of getting a yeast infection. Yeast will grow best in warm and moist environments.
The treatments for a yeast infection are…
In order to treat a yeast infection, your doctor will have to diagnose it by doing so a pelvic exam and by swabbing a sample of the fluid. If you are diagnosed with a yeast infection, your doctor will give you antifungal medicines to get rid of the fungus. This medicine will usually come in creams or tablets. You can buy these things over the counter usually but a prescription may be prescribed. It is not recommended to self diagnose yourself with a yeast infection and attempt to treat it yourself with medicine from the stores. This is bad because if you do not have a yeast infection, and most women who try to treat themselves actually do not have a yeast infection, it can make any future yeast infections very hard to treat because the medications aren’t responding anymore. Plus, if you do not have a yeast infection and you use over the counter medications, it can make your problems worse. So, always get a doctors approval before treating yourself. The point of getting an exam by a doctor is to rule out any other conditions that you could have such as STDs or urinary tract infections. They’re actually very easy to treat, and the diagnosing process is very simple.