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Yeast Infection

By Rawlings Oke Godwin

On 3 Jan, 2022

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When too much of one of the naturally occurring Candida fungi grows in the vagina, it causes yeast infection. Yeast infections are a common problem with availability of treatment. Nevertheless, the illness may reoccur.

Recurrent yeast infections, defined as four or more in a year, necessitate particular treatment. One of the most frequent types of vaginitis is a yeast infection.

Causes?

Candida, a fungus that is generally found in small numbers in the vagina, causes yeast infections. When the vaginal bacteria and yeast balance is disrupted, the yeast can overgrow and create symptoms.

Risk of a yeast infection

  • Certain types of antibiotics
  • Pregnancy and changes in the body’s hormone level
  •  Diabetes
  • HIV
  •  Change in immune status

Symptoms of Recurrent Yeast Infections?

  • Itching is the most common symptom, but there may also be burning sensation in the area outside the vaginal canal (vulva), which can get worse when peeing or during intercourse.
  • Swollen and red vulva
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • White, clumpy, and odourless vaginal discharge

Recurrent Yeast Infection: How Are They Diagnosed?

A complete medical history and a detailed explanation of your symptoms are the first steps in diagnosing you.

To identify if you have a yeast infection, a pelvic exam will be performed, and a sample of vaginal discharge will be obtained and examined.

For reliable test results, you may be advised to refrain from douching, sexual intercourse, or the use of any vaginal drugs prior to your appointment day.

Treatment?

Antifungal creams or suppositories, as well as oral antifungal medicine, are commonly used to treat yeast infections.

Long-term antifungal therapy (vaginal cream, ointment, tablet, or suppository)

Maintenance therapy after initial treatment clears up the infection.

Lifestyle modifications to limit recurrence, such as avoiding tight clothing that traps heat and moisture and avoiding certain perfumed hygiene products.

 

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