If a woman is diagnosed with having a yeast infection, her concerns may not be directly connected to the infection itself due to her knowing that vaginal infections are treatable. It is the body part that the infection troubles that she might have the issue with like being “embarrassed.” Yeast infections are treated on a daily basis on women from around the globe regardless of skin colour. If you know what a vaginal yeast infection is, then you’ll know it`s not a life threatening condition but if you have no knowledge on the matter then it is good for you to get a better understanding. Doing this may help you accept the reason why it is happened and more importantly how to prevent it.
A yeast infection, also known as candidiasis is an infection caused by yeast called candida albicans (fungus) which love clammy body parts, such as the mouth and other moist areas. If a vaginal infection has occurred from this then it is known as vulvovaginal candidiasis. Yes it is a rather long word to remember let alone try to pronounce but don`t worry; your doctor will know what you mean after you explain your symptoms. Candida can outnumber for many reasons i.e. stress, pregnancy, and sicknesses that affect the immune system.
Although antibiotics are a powerful curing agent they can however destroy the “good” bacteria that naturally live in the human body. Good bacteria are a vital element in helping keep growth of candida in the vagina under control. Yeast flourish greatly if a young girl`s blood sugar is high. Before the start of periods (menstruation) is when we recognize this condition to happen in young girl`s due to hormonal changes. Material tightness around the genitals can give rise for a yeast infection. Douching and particular scented bathroom products can upset the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina and make yeast infections more likely. Some women believe it necessary to use perfumed products on their vagina, well stop believing because the vagina would be a far healthier organ without feminine sweetness. Never douche unless under GP orders. Use specially created soaps/cream-washes for bathing the vagina. Speak to the counter assistant in the chemist on the best products purposely devised not to irritate or cause vaginal infections.
What to look out for if you have yeast infection:
irritation in the vagina
redness and swelling,
white discharge thick in consistency and appearing clotted with a yeasty smell,
pain/burning when urinating or during sexual intercourse
Discharge is an obvious sign of a yeast infection, and usually one of the first symptoms to show. Not everyone gets the discharge. If there is itching in and outside the vagina then you can tell from this. Each individual differs, and due to these differences symptoms can differ also, in terms of type and intensity. A man infected sees the head of his penis affected. The male infection is also seen as caused by the same candida (Balanitis.) Balanitis symptoms, redness, sore or itchy penis tip and sometimes discharge.
Help prevent yeast infections.
Yeast develops in a clammy, moist milieu. Keep genital area dry and airy. Give genital site room to breathe. If possible go without underwear when you can. Clothing items to avoid are tight jeans, Lycra, nylon knickers, tights, and other synthetic materials that lock in moisture. Do this and you help reduce yeast infections occurring. Scented soaps, bubble baths/lotions, and just in general washing detergents can be accountable for irritation which then gives way for yeast infections. Wear loose breathable fabrics that allow you, not only space, but contribute to airing the vagina. Wear all-cotton panties. Keep the vagina/anus dry and free from sweat. If you feel the vaginal area moistening up then bathe, dry and air. Remove wet bathing costumes or trunks as soon as. If you feel restriction on movement while wearing items as such then this tells you they are not ideal. Do you need to see a doctor? Yes it makes sense. What you might believe to be a yeast infection may not be. It is due to much confusion that women have as many vaginal problems like they do. They tend to treat their ailments with inappropriate vaginal creams which are unhealthy and dangerous.
Have your GP determine your condition, since other vaginal infections are akin in symptoms but require different medications. You may be asked to bring along to your appointment a sample of urine – to rule out a urinary tract infection. A smidgen of vaginal discharge maybe requested for tests. If you have been diagnosed with a yeast infection your prescription may include oral medication (tablets) or a vaginal cream or suppository. Whatever the medicine follow all instructions accordingly. A suppository will come with an applicator to assist you with vaginal insertion. If you find this uncomfortable do speak with a nurse at the clinic. A yeast infection nearly always clears up with prescriptive drugs and normally as quick as in 7 days. Some women prefer using vaginal cream than other for relieving their vaginal itch.
Both non-prescription and prescription medications are 90% effective regardless of time scale. A short time course of treatment will not make a slightest bit of difference to that of taking a long time course. Shorter treatments contain higher doses of healing ingredients while longer treatments contain less. The people we spoke of earlier whose worry lie with the embarrassment thing will more times look to find a home remedy for a cure in hope to avoid a doctor`s appointment. If you be one of these people who blush easily and is looking to treat your own yeast infection, then make sure you know what you are doing?
Have you ever heard of “Reishi,” it is a homemade solution concocted up from a medicinal mushroom and widely used in Japan as a treatment? Consult your GP before trying unfamiliar treatments and practicing unknown methods. You only need a little quantity of the mushrooms to feel them working. The good thing about Reishi is, it comes in many ways so you will find one way to suit. It can be added to tea, applied as a tincture or put in syrups, and most common in tablet form. Some people find it hard to swallow tablets so therefore these options give them choice. As we speak there has been no indication to say a patient suffering with a yeast infection has had side effects from taking Reishi, nevertheless there is always the first time for everything. Monitor yourself while medication is in progress. Another home remedy is called Osha which is effective in fighting bacteria as well as yeast cells, but more importantly for ridding the infection.
Eat yogurt, aside from helping in the vaginal quarters, it is a healthy eat. Yoghurt contains helpful bacteria (live cultures, including acidophilus and bifidus) that kill yeast. Smooth plain yogurt into the vagina using a finger. Be careful and just gently rub no harsh hand movement. Take your time and make sure you’re comfortable before you begin the procedure. Take lactobacillus/acidophilus supplements. Use according to the directions on the bottle. Never do other than suggested in the instructions as it won`t speed up the curing process and you can make matters worse. Cut down on sugar and sweet foods. Yeast growth is hurried along by sugar.
Use a garlic clove as a suppository. Garlic contains a natural anti-fungal agent. Peel a fresh clove, wrap it in gauze and insert it into the vagina. Garlic has wondrous benefits for many things. Years ago garlic was rubbed on an open wound before an operation. Call into your local herbal shop or chemist and ask to speak to the herbalist or pharmacist about gentian violet or a herbal douche.