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Yeast Infection Treatment 20121224


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  1. 1. Yeast Infection TreatmentYou might believe you have another yeast infection, and optto treat it yourself. This self-treatment approach may or maynot work for you, and it may or may not cause complications. However, it is not the best of paths. Symptoms
  2. 2. Vaginal yeast infection and vulvitis can lead to symptoms that are nonspecific, which means that aside from the yeastinfection, other conditions can cause very similar symptoms. The most common symptom of a vaginal yeast infection is itching in the vaginal and/or vulvar area. Other symptoms of vaginal yeast infection and vulvitis include: burning, soreness, pain during intercourse and/or urination, and
  3. 3. vaginal discharge. Vaginal discharge is not always present, but when it occurs, the discharge is odorless and typically has a whitish, thick appearance and texture, similar to cottage cheese. What is yeast? Yeast is a fungus called Candida. The particular type of fungus most commonly at the root of vaginitis is Candidaalbicans. Yeast is commonly present on normal human skin
  4. 4. and in areas of moisture, such as the vagina and mouth. In fact, on average, between 20%-50% of healthy women normally carry yeast in the vaginal area. If you think you have an infection, your probability of makingthe wrong diagnosis is quite high, and you might put yourselfin a problem situation. Instead, visit your local clinic or health
  5. 5. care provider. This is the sensible thing to do if you want to get to the bottom of the situation. What is the cause of yeast infections? Yeast infections happen when new yeast is introduced intothe vaginal area, or in a situation where there is an increasein the quantity of yeast already present in the vagina relative
  6. 6. to the quantity of normal bacteria. For example, when normal, good bacteria are eliminated by drugs (taken to treat a respiratory, urinary tract, or other infections) or byimmunosuppressive drugs, the yeast can multiply, invade tissues, and cause irritation of the lining of the vagina (vaginitis).
  7. 7. Yeast infections may also occur as a result of injury to theinner vagina, such as after chemotherapy. Also, women with suppressed immune systems (for example, those takingcortisone-related medications such as prednisone) are more susceptible to vaginal yeast infections more frequently than women with normal immunity. Other conditions that may predispose women to developing vaginal yeast infections include diabetes mellitus, pregnancy, and taking oral contraceptives. The use of douches or perfumed vaginal hygiene sprays may also increase a womans risk of developing a vaginal yeast infection.
  8. 8. A vaginal yeast infection is not considered to be a sexually transmitted infection (STD), since Candida may be present in the normal vagina, and the condition does occur in celibate women. However, it is possible for men to developsymptoms of skin irritation of the penis from a yeast infection after sexual intercourse with an infected partner.
  9. 9. Treatments Yeast infection treatment varies, but it may start withantifungal medications applied topically in and around the vagina or with antifungal medications taken by mouth.Sometimes, mixed infections with more than one microbe can require combinations of treatments.
  10. 10. Topically applied antifungal creams include: butoconazole(Femstat 3), clotrimazole (Lotrimin), miconazole (Monistat), and terconazole (Terazol 3).Over-the-counter treatments are an option for some womenwhen yeast is the cause of the infection. However, it should be noted that infection other than yeast can cause similar symptoms. These include bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia,and gonorrhea. If symptoms are not eliminated by over-the-counter products, patients should see their doctor for further evaluation. Antifungal medications that are also available as vaginaltablets include: clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex), miconazole
  11. 11. (Monistat; Micatin), terconazole (Terazol), and nystatin(Mycostatin). Oral medications for yeast vaginitis and vulvitis include fluconazole (Diflucan).Go to Yeast Infection Treatment yeast-infection-treatment/ for further details.