Yeast Infection In Women: Things You Probably Didn’t Know About
Yeast infection in women is something that occurs commonly and yet is stigmatized with sexually transmitted infection. But hey, don’t panic! Don’t you worry about it! Not many people talk about it casually, and we can totally understand that. In fact, instead of seeking for a friends’ advice, you rather chose to google it!
Well, the good thing is there is Google. After reading this, you will be more confident about talking about it and find a way to deal with it.
what is yeast infection?
A strain of yeast, Candida albicans, naturally occurs in the mouth, digestive tract, and the vagina. To, start with, all of us already have yeast in your bodies. The amount of yeast present in our bodies, though, are small and are in constant control by our bodily systems. When some of our body systems are thrown off equilibrium, yeast may grow at a faster rate and may cause an infection.
Having yeast in the mouth and female genitalia makes it vulnerable to thrush (a.k.a. thrush, candidiasis). But there are ways to avoid them! Don’t worry, oral thrush is not transmissible and vaginal thrush is not commonly contagious.
what are the symptoms of yeast infection?
The symptoms of thrush can be as simple as itching, redness, and some rashes to painful urination accompanied by a thick whitish discharge that doesn’t have an offensive odor. Sometimes, the more severe cases present pain during sexual intercourse.
what causes candida infection?
If oral thrush is not contagious and vaginal thrush is not commonly contagious, where could you have gotten it? Well, there are a lot of different factors that may have caused candidiasis.
If you have previously finished an antibiotic therapy, it is highly likely that you got a yeast infection because of it. How? Antibiotics kill bacteria or prevent them from multiplying. Sometimes to the point that another normal flora (non-harmful bacteria) in the vagina is killed. When this happens, the vagina becomes a favorable environment to grow much quicker.
Aside from antibiotics, another medication you may be taking that led to vaginal yeast infection is corticosteroids. Steroids can lower the body’s natural immunity and may allow growth of some normal flora in the body to a level that it may cause infection.
- Chemotherapeutic Drugs
Chemotherapeutic drugs can cause vaginal yeast infection too. Yes, both in the mouth and the vagina. How? Chemotherapeutic medications act by killing fast-growing cells (tumors). Unfortunately, it is not specific on which fast growing cells. The hair skin, and oral mucosa, and vaginal mucosa are fast growing cells. Inevitably, to some extent, they are damaged by the treatment too. This condition permits growth of yeast and makes you vulnerable to other infections too.
Another factor that promotes the growth of yeast is poor or improper hygiene. I know you ladies take good care of yourself, but there are some things we do (sometimes without our knowledge) that is not part of good vaginal hygiene. Your gynecologist may have told you that its best to wash the vagina after having sexual intercourse, but not all of us have religiously followed.
Sometimes, especially during party nights (alcohol involved), we don’t get to practice our usual hygiene when we go too frequent to the rest room to relieve our bladder.
Vaginal douche is recommended by health care professionals, but not all of us practice that regularly before some infection, right?
Yeast Infection Treatment
Now, ladies, it’s not something that we should panic about. Here are some remedies you can use as a yeast infection cure.
- Boric Acid
Boric acid can be a simple treatment for yeast infection. You can easily buy them at drug stores. They are in powder form, and you can use them as a suppository or a douche. You can choose which method is more convenient for you.
You can pack boric acid on a size 0 capsule (this is about 600mg), and use is as a vaginal suppository. Or you can mix one tablespoon of boric acid powder in a quart of warm water. Use this for up to two times per day for one week for best results.
- Diluted Tea Tree oil
Tea tree oil has become a popular wonder oil that is used in other health issues and had promising results. It’s commonly used as an ingredient of beauty products but has now proven to work beyond that.
Tea tree has an anti-inflammatory property and prevents the growth of other harmful bacteria too.
In treating a yeast infection with tea tree oil, you will need about five drops of tea tree oil mixed in half a cup of clean water (preferably warm) and a tampon. Dip the tampon on the tea tree oil and water solution and insert it into the vagina. Leave it for up to three hours and wash the vaginal thoroughly.
Do this for up to two times a day for one week.
- Anti-fungal cream
Anti-fungal creams are a great way to treat yeast infection. Yeast infection presents itself in a very common way and can be easily diagnosed. The treatment for yeast infection is relatively easy and anti-fungal creams are not dangerous drugs. You can easily buy them from pharmacies, and they don’t require a prescription.
Follow the instructions on the label, and you will rid of it soon.
If these treatments do not address your symptoms well, a doctor’s visit will be your next best step. Visit your gynecologist for a consultation. She will be the best person that can give you the best treatment for your condition.
Ladies, don’t forget to take a regular visit to the gynecologist. Schedule for a regular check-up, at least once a year, to maintain your reproductive health in top shape. In case you feel like there is something that is off balance in your reproductive health, you can have a sound advice from a health professional!
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