If you're suffering from vaginal fungus, do not fret because you're not alone. Almost 75% of all women will experience it at least once in her life. Most of the time those experiences are plagued with recurring infections. But first, you must be familiar with the symptoms associated with it so that the treatment will be more effective.
The symptoms associated with it include: redness and irritation, burning sensation especially when urinating or during sexual interference, itching and irritation. Vaginal discharge is a normal mechanism of the female body but observes if it is thicker and looks like cottage cheese.
So what causes vaginal fungus? Candida albicans is an organism that harmlessly lives in a person's mouth, vagina or intestinal track. Infections occur when these organisms have an overgrowth due to certain conditions of the body. These conditions can be generally described as an imbalance of the population between bacteria and fungi and also a decrease in function of the immune system.
Overgrowth is the most of the time the outcome of antibiotic treatment, wearing clothing that promotes moisture and heat in the vaginal area. People with conditions such as obesity, pregnancy and PMS, multiple sclerosis and diabetes are of high risk to infection.
It is estimated that women spend millions of products to treat the yeast infection that they do not have. They usually proceed with the treatment from self diagnosing the condition. It is strongly advised that you should confirm with a physician if you have an infection.
There are several tips that suggests on how you can prevent infections. Always wear cotton underwear. Cotton is more breathable and improves the circulation around the vaginal area so before preventing unfavorable moisture and increase in temperature.
Another advice to follow is to use vaginal lubrication during intercourse if you're in the menopausal stage. It helps in avoiding discomfort and irritation which leads to breakage of the vaginal skin which can start an infection. Do not contaminate your vagina when wiping after bowel movement. Make sure that you wipe front to back.
Preventing the infection is usually easy but requires patience and determination. Keeping in mind the relief that you will achieve is a great motivator to follow these advices in preventing vaginal fungus.