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Yeast Infections - Easily Treatable and Preventable

Aug 4, 2008
Yeast infections are one of the most uncomfortable infections that a woman will experience in her lifetime. These infections are caused by an overgrowth of an organism or yeast known as Candida. This organism generally lives in the vagina in small numbers, but when the bacteria in the vagina becomes out of balance the organism can grow to large numbers causing an infection.

Vaginal yeast infections are very common and occur in approximately 75% of the female population. They tend to occur more commonly in women who are under stress, lacking a nutritional diet, are taking antibiotics or who are ill. Infections can also happen as a result of hormonal imbalance during pregnancy. Women with a weak immune system are also at an increased risk of developing symptoms.

The key to treating yeast infection is to learn what the symptoms are. Far too many women ignore the signs, hoping that the problem will clear up. Recognizing the signs is the best way of addressing the problem. So, what should you look for?

There are numerous yeast infection symptoms that occur with this imbalance, and they may differ between each case. Some symptoms that will most likely appear are an itching and burning sensation around the vaginal opening, a thick, white discharge resembling the consistency of cottage cheese, a burning sensation while urinating and pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse.

Although the pain and discomfort of yeast infections may be unbearable, a cure for yeast infection has long been found. If this is the first yeast infection that has been experienced, a visit to the doctor is always advised, and many times this infection can be safely and easily treated with over the counter medication. These medications come in the form of pills, creams, vaginal suppositories or a combination of all of these. While all medications will treat the infection, a topical cream will offer rapid relief of uncomfortable symptoms.

Since a yeast infection is an experience that a woman will never want to experience again, there are several steps that can be taken to prevent them. It is important to avoid tight fitting clothing and if at all possible, only wear white, cotton undergarments. Change your clothing immediately following water or sweat inducing activities and avoid heavily scented perfumes in sensitive areas. Be sure to wash well and dry the body completely after bathing.

These suggestions will go a long way to helping prevent the infection from starting up.

While yeast infections can be annoying and uncomfortable, they are easily preventable and treatable. There are several over the counter and prescription medications to treat the infection more quickly and effectively. If more than one yeast infection is experienced in a year, visit your doctor to ensure that a more serious health problem is not the cause.

Yeast infections can be prevented. If you suspect that you may be suffering from some of these symptoms, contact your family doctor. Left untreated, you may find yourself in more pain and discomfort. Do yourself a favor, and address the problem.
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