Having a yeast infection is a feeling that many women are all too familiar with. Between the burning, itching and pain of a yeast infection, it can hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But nearly every woman will experience a yeast infection at some point throughout her life, and luckily, you can get relief quickly with the right information.
Yeast Infection Symptoms
A yeast infection can have many symptoms. Symptoms are more likely to occur the week before your period, although they can occur at any time during your menstrual cycle.
Keep in mind that other conditions with similar symptoms (bacterial vaginosis, STI) are possible. Itchiness and redness can be caused by an allergic reaction to vaginal products like soaps, oils, and spermicides, so if you are unfamiliar with your symptoms, call your doctor.
Common yeast infection symptoms include:
Vaginal itching, often severe
Vaginal discharge that is usually thick, clumpy, white, and odorless
Pain while urinating
Pain during sexual intercourse
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Yeast Infection Causes
A yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of yeast organisms in the vagina. Certain things can encourage an excess growth of vaginal yeast, including:
High estrogen levels
Corticosteroids like prednisone
Having an impaired immune system
Home Remedies for Yeast Infections
There are lots of OTC treatments you can buy for a yeast infection. Whenever you use a nonprescription vaginal medicine for a yeast infection it’s important that you are not pregnant, are sure your symptoms are caused by a yeast infection, and you are sure you have not been exposed to an STI. Be sure to carefully follow the directions on the package insert, as well as these guidelines.
Avoid using soap when cleaning the area around your vagina. Rinse with water only.
Avoid using tampons while using nonprescription vaginal medicine. Use pads instead as these won’t absorb the medicine.
Avoid having intercourse if sex is painful. Otherwise, try a water-soluble lubricating jelly to reduce irritation. Keep in mind that certain products can weaken latex, so condoms and diaphragms may break.
If your genital area is itchy or sore, avoid scratching the area. Try a warm bath and putting a warm, damp washcloth over the area.
Treatment for Yeast Infections
There are numerous treatment options for vaginal yeast infections. Treatments include nonprescription vaginal medicine, prescription oral or vaginal medicine, as well as nonprescription boric acid capsules.
Self-treatment for yeast infections is typically low risk. However, there is a risk that your symptoms may be caused by a different vaginal infection that requires different treatment.
Yeast Infection Treatment During Pregnancy
Yeast infections during pregnancy are common and are typically caused by increased levels of estrogen. If you believe you have a yeast infection and are pregnant, see your doctor. Your doctor will typically prescribe vaginal medicine.
Recurrent Yeast Infection Treatment
If you have a yeast infection that recurs within two months of treatment, or have four or more yeast infections in a year, see your doctor.
Recurrent yeast infections can be treated with prescription oral medicine, nonprescription oral medicine, or vaginal boric acid capsules followed by less frequent medicine six months to one year after.
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