Vaginal infection symptoms and treatment

If you think you have a Vaginal infection, here are some useful information to make sure, as well as tips to prevent and treat the infection.

If you think you have a vaginal yeast infection? Vaginal infection symptoms and treatment

Do not panic, this infection is quite common. In fact, it occurs in 75% of women at least once during their life.  Fortunately, this infection is easily treated and cured.  We hope that after reading the following information, you will know what a vaginal yeast infection, what to do if you think you have and how to reduce the risk.

What is a vaginal yeast infection?

A vaginal yeast infection occurs when there is overgrowth of yeast, microorganisms (fungi) naturally present in the vagina.  This proliferation modifies the protective normal acidity of the vagina, causing a painful and yeast infection to be treated.  Vaginal yeast infections can occur after exposure to certain predisposing factors, such as:

•  the presence of moisture, heat, sweating or poor hygiene in the genitals;
•  the transmission of infection by a carrier sexual partner of the microorganism (yeast);
•  taking certain medications, such as antibiotics, cortisone, oral contraceptives, the products used in chemotherapy;
•  certain health conditions such as diabetes, AIDS, pregnancy.

Recognizing a vaginal yeast infection

The most common symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection usually appear within three days of its occurrence.

These symptoms are:

•  vaginal secretions with cottage cheese appearance, thick, sticky, but odorless
•  intense itching, burning, redness and swelling in the area of the vulva
•  red spots or sores on occasion if the region of the vulva was scraped.

It can sometimes be difficult to determine whether the symptoms observed are due to a vaginal yeast infection or another type of infection.  Sometimes some people believe, wrongly, that they suffer from a yeast infection when in fact they are afflicted with another condition, such as a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or bacterial vaginosis.  It is important to identify the cause of symptoms in order to treat the condition properly, and avoid the risk of transmission and complications.

When to see the doctor?

If your doctor has already diagnosed the infection, you will probably recognize many of the symptoms;  then you can try a treatment sold without prescription.  By cons, if it seems to be your first yeast infection, consult your doctor before trying any treatment.  Check it out also in the following situations:

•  if you have fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain or if your vaginal secretions are colored or foul, as it may be a different type of infection;
•  if you are pregnant or have health problems (eg, diabetes);
•  if you have had several episodes of vaginal infection in recent months;
•  if you believe you are at risk of having contracted an STD or have already been assigned (eg genital herpes).

With most of the anti-fungal product (“that eliminate fungi”), the symptoms begin to disappear after a single treatment and healing occurs in three to six days.

Solutions to the problem

There are various treatments that can stop an episode of vaginal infection yeast.  Among them, non-prescription treatments, such as product line Canesten, available as creams, vaginal tablets (or both in combination) are effective to counter the infection.  The non-prescription treatments are generally for a period ranging from one to seven days, depending on the infection and the preference of the person.

They should be applied once a day at bedtime, and this for all the recommended treatment period.  It is important to take directions for use provided by the manufacturer.  If symptoms persist seven days after starting treatment, or they reappear, you must consult a doctor.  Also, there are medicines available on prescription only, which also exert an antifungal action.  These are in the form of cream, vaginal suppositories or tablets to take by mouth.

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