How to recognize and treat a yeast infection

A vaginal yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of a fungus that naturally lives in the vagina called candida albicans. This overgrowth triggers itching, inflammation, painful discharge etc. The picture above shows the symptoms of yeast infection.

Yeast infections can occur due to increased sexual activity, infections, colds, and tight clothing. They may also be passed from partner to partner and affect both genders. Yeast infections are easily recognized and treatable.

If you have a yeast infection, generally, you will have obvious signs of the infection. This may include white, cheesy-looking debris on your underwear or around the vulva or inside of the vagina. This is a sure sign of a yeast infection. You may also be experiencing quite a lot of discomfort and intense itching with these types of infections.

You may especially notice the onset of this type of infection after sex, a long illness/cold or with rigorous activity and tight clothing. The good news is that these infections can be cured pretty easily.

It is recommended that you see your gynecologist for further instruction and medication to treat your infection. You may also use some over the counter medications/creams, which are usually pretty effective. They have to be used properly to work: the entire tube of cream must be used to treat your infection. Do not share medications or creams with anyone else. Consult your gynecologist for a recommendation or read up on the latest creams that treat yeast infections.

If you cannot get an immediate appointment with the gynecologist, try taking a bath to soak yourself and soothe the symptoms of the infection. Do not do this in place of getting treatment. Drink plenty of fluids when you are having this type of infection.

One other type of infection that may arise, or be set off by a yeast infection, is a urinary tract infection. A urinary tract infection is an infection of the bladder caused by bacteria that enters the bladder (through the rectum or vagina). Urinary infections may occur after sex, as bacteria are often loosened and can spread up through the vagina to the urethra.

Some signs of urinary tract infections include: burning while urinating, pain in your back and not being able to urinate enough. This type of infection must be treated immediately, as bacteria can spread to the liver and kidneys if left untreated for too long.

Generally, a gynecologist will prescribe an antibiotic for a urinary tract infection and continue to test the urine and make sure it does not contain any blood, mucous, or bacteria. If you have been prescribed an antibiotic, continue to take it until the bottle is empty.

Usually, this time frame will be from 7-10 days. If you cannot get to a gynecologist in time, it is a good idea to soak in a bath and drink plenty of fluids and cranberry juice. Also, avoid sexual intercourse for a few days until you can get to the gynecologist.

If you are experiencing frequent yeast and urinary infections, consult your gynecologist immediately. If you do not have a personal gynecologist, get in touch with someone who can treat you. Remember to wear cotton underpants and loose-fitting clothing when you are experiencing these symptoms.

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