Vagina Health Advices
Posted by ehealthadvice on Feb 16, 2012 in Vagina 0 comments
Before knowing about the Vaginal Yeast Infection, let’s get into a brief awareness on yeast on how does it come and what are the symptoms, etc.
About yeast: It’s nothing but a simple fungus which is mostly seen in moist areas of the body like vagina, mouth, skin. Scientifically, it is mentioned as Candida.
Overgrowth of a type of fungus called Candida albicans in the vagina causes Vaginal Yeast Infection, also called as candidiasis or vaginal candidiasis or vulvovaginal candidiasis. Due to overgrowth of this fungus in the vagina, makes to discharge, itching, and bad smelling. About, 75% of the women experience’s this infection.
Overgrowth of this fungus may be due to Stress, pregnancy, and illnesses, which cause the immune system upset. Intake of more birth control pills, steroids, chemotherapy, hygiene sprays, tight underwear, changes in hormones, injury to the inner vagina or use of antibiotics, which reduces the protective bacteria and increases the growth of this yeast in the vagina. This can spread to other parts like heart valves, esophagus, etc. Diabetic Girls or women whose blood sugar is very high are more exposed to this infection.
Symptoms of a Yeast Infection in Teenagers
Sometimes the yeast infection symptoms are also seen in men after an intercourse with infected people. However, this doesn’t mean that it is a sexually transmitted disease.
• Pain during intercourse and urination, and
Pelvic examination and Wet mount test is the common test for vaginal discharge. Alternatively, culture test is also done if the treatment does not work.
Microscopic examination of a specimen taken from affected area gives the accurate result to diagnose the disease.
It can be treated by oral suspensions, tablets, and in the form of creams. Topically applied antifungal creams include:
Vaginal tablets which are antifungal include:
Rather than oral medication, vaginal tablets or creams are the best treatment suggested by most of the doctors as it causes fewer side effects when compared to oral medication.
Self-treatment can be done at home if the infection is very mild, and if you are not a pregnant. The medicines include:
As said” prevention is better than cure,” it’s best to take preventive measures rather than going for a treatment. The preventive measures to be taken are:
• stop cleaning genital area with soap always clean it with warm water and keep the place dry.
• always use condoms to avoid the transmission of disease.
• avoid tight underwear’s which may cause sweating and use only cotton panties.
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