Got a Yeast Infection?

By marthe

Oh, no, not again! That awful itch. Damning the fact that you are not a cavewoman, scratching yourself in public might not always be socially acceptable. Carefully adjusting your pants might do the trick, but either way, you need to deal with it ASAP.

The fungus called Candidia

Yeast infection is caused by a type of fungus called Candida. This yeast normally lives inside your body, at places such as the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina. We even have it on our skin, and normally we don’t have a problem with it. However in those occasions where candida decides to multiply, we get a change in the environment in the vagina. Even though it is uncomfortable (to say the least!), it does not pose any danger to you or your reproductive system.

Symptoms of a yeast infection

Sometimes, people mistake the symptoms for being something else other than a yeast infection. But the most common ones are:

  • Vaginal itching or soreness
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Pain or discomfort when urinating
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge

Although most vaginal candidiasis is mild, some women can develop severe infections. The symptoms of these involve redness, swelling, and cracks in the wall of the vagina. 

Who is at risk of getting an infection ?

Getting a yeast infection is relatively common. In fact, about 3 in 4 women will get one at some point in life. Some encounter it more frequently than others. Women who are more likely to get vaginal candidiasis include those who:

  • Are pregnant
  • Use hormonal contraceptives 
  • Have diabetes
  • Have a weakened immune system (for example, due to HIV infection or medicines that weaken the immune system, such as steroids and chemotherapy)
  • Are taking or have recently taken antibiotics

See your doctor if you are unsure if you have one or if this is the first time you’re experiencing these symptoms. If you have had a yeast infection before and can recognize the symptoms and aren’t pregnant, you can treat yourself at home with medicines you can buy without a prescription. You can use an anti fungal cream, or a suppository that you put into your vagina. Anti fungal tablets that you swallow are also available. Sometimes the infection is so light that it doesn’t even require any treatment and heal itself.

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