Yeast can infect your vagina, mouth, esophagus, skin and, in extreme cases, your bloodstream. However, vaginal yeast infections are the highest vocalized yeast causing condition. Likely because somewhere in the vicinity of 75% of all women will have at least one sometime during their life.
The symptom of a yeast infection that garners a roaring complaint is extreme vaginal itchiness. Its other conspicuous symptoms include:
- vagina rash
- painful urination
- pain during intercourse
- vaginal soreness, swelling, burning, redness
- odorless “cottage cheese like” vaginal discharge
The number and severity of these symptoms vary widely, and the consistency of your discharge might be watery white instead of thick and chunky.
Your vaginal infection is caused by an overgrowth of Candida yeast, a type of fungus. It’s not unusual for this variety of fungus to be present in your vagina, along with other microorganisms. But certain conditions can cause an imbalance resulting in yeast proliferation.
The most common cause of yeast growth escalation, exhibiting consequential infection symptoms, is a weakened immune system. Some factors associated with increased risk for a vaginal yeast infection are:
- lack of sleep
- hormonal changes
- poor eating habits/malnutrition
- douches, feminine hygiene sprays
- consuming extreme amounts of sugar
- tight, poorly ventilated clothing, underwear
- diseases ~ uncontrolled diabetes, HIV/AIDS
- certain medications ~ birth control pills, antibiotics, steroids
Natural cure treatments for candida “gone wild” vaginal yeast infection are expansive, for example:
- L. acidophilus
- vinegar douche
- tea tree oil cream
- plain yogurt dipped tampon
- hydrogen peroxide & water douche
- garlic, boric acid vaginal suppositories
Use of topical (not oral) L. acidophilus as a remedy to cure vaginal yeast infections has some scientific backing. The other remedies have overwhelmingly annoyed women backing.
Natural cure remedies are not the only road out of your vaginal yeast infection nightmare. Pharmological created treatments are also available. You can treat it OTC anti-fungal vaginal creams or suppositories containing one of these four active ingredients:
- butoconazole nitrate (Femstat 3)
Or your doctor may prescribe a single dose of oral fluconazole.
Speaking of doctors, it is highly recommended that you have your “suspected” yeast infection properly diagnosed. At least your first candida overgrowth vaginal experience. Reason for this health care visit is because your symptoms may very well be a sign for some other infection or STD, such as:
Studies indicate many women who self diagnose ultimately don’t have a yeast infection. Use of the wrong medication may lead to future treating difficulties.