Vaginal Yeast Infections – What You Should Know

Smiling medical doctor woman using tablet pcAccording to the Mayo Clinic, three out of four women will experience a yeast infection at one point in their lives.

Even though they’re common, vaginal yeast infections are one of the most misunderstood health problems in women. To avoid the misconceptions associated with vaginal yeast infections, here’s everything you should know.

What is a Vaginal Yeast Infection?

Vaginal yeast infections, also known as candidiasis, are an infection of the vagina that is caused by the overgrowth of the fungus, Candida albicans. Yeast infections caused by Candida albicans are typically easy to treat, so if you have recurring yeast infections or yeast infections that are difficult to get rid of, it’s most likely caused by a different type of Candida.

What Causes Yeast Infections?

Yeast infections can be caused by a variety of things, including:

  • Antibiotics – (Antibiotics lower the amount of amount of lactobacillus, or good bacteria, in the vagina)
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Weak immune system
  • Poor nutrition
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Stress

Yeast Infection Symptoms

Most women experience the following symptoms when they have a yeast infection:

  • Itching around and inside the vagina
  • Burning
  • Whitish-gray vaginal discharge. It’s usually thick
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Vaginal rash
  • Pain during urination

Diagnosing and Treating a Vaginal Yeast Infection

Vaginal yeast infections are easy for physicians to diagnose. Typically, a doctor will ask you questions about your medical history and questions about your history with yeast infections. The physician will then examine your cervix and vaginal walls. Depending on what the doctor finds, they will take a vaginal culture to send to a lab to confirm that you have a yeast infection. Treatment for yeast infections depend on the severity of the infection. The most common treatments include a regimen of antifungal cream, ointment, tablet, or suppository. If your infection is more severe, your doctor might prescribe oral medication.

Call our office if you believe you have a yeast infection.

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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