Yeast or Fungal infection in the vagina is a very common condition affecting almost every 3out of 5 woman, in most cases it is generally a mild infection and can be easily treated but sometimes it keeps on reoccurring.
- Itching and irritation in the vaginal and vulvar region.
-Burning and discomfort at the time of intercourse.
- Thick, white, cottage cheese like vaginal discharge which is usually not foul smelling.
If the infection occurs more than 4 times in a year it is considered to be a complicated case.
Why Does It Occur?
Normally in the vagina there is normal flora (normal healthy bacteria) that help prevent many infections, sometimes due to certain conditions this normal flora is reduced and this can lead to growth of fungus. Candida albicans is the most common fungal infection affecting the vagina. The conditions commonly leading to fungal infection are.
-Any immunocompromised state like acute or chronic illness, generalized body weakness etc.
-Use of antibiotics
-Taking oral contraceptive pills or any hormonal medicines
-Use of silk panties.
- Using scented pads or tampons.
- Excessive sweating in warm conditions.
-Staying in a wet panty for a long time.
Yeast infection is not sexually transmitted and can even occur in unmarried girls or those who are not sexually active.
How To Treat
Most cases are treated by using a local antifungal cream or pessary that can be used for 1 to 6 days.
Sometimes oral antifungal treatment is also prescribed.
Avoid taking unnecessary antibiotics like for common cold etc
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