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Testing Strips For Yeast Infection

Aug 13, 2008
Women who have suffered from vaginal itching or burning can breathe a sigh of relief at a new innovation. The FDA has approved testing strips for yeast infections. No longer will women who have had a previous yeast infection have to wait for a diagnosis.

Using testing pH paper like you used in chemistry class or when testing your swimming pool, the yeast infection kits are easy to use. The test strips for yest infection use litmus paper to test for yeast. The strips test the pH of the vagina's secretions.

In the normal vagina the pH is acidic (4-4.5). Many studies have been done which prove vaginal pH is an indicator of the difference between yeast (candidiasis), bacterial vaginitis (BV) or trichomoniasis (TV). An abnormal pH is associated with bacterial vaginitis, trichomoniasis or a combination infection. In these instances the pH is raised above 4.5.

Several companies have manufactured yeast test kits so women can determine whether or not they have a yeast infection. The litmus paper from chemistry class has morphed into an easy to use swab or even easier panty liner.

Two companies have adopted the swab for testing. Both the pHEM-Alert kit and the Vagilisil Screening Kit for Vaginal Infections use a swab. After collecting vaginal secretions from the vagina, the user checks the result against the chart included in the kit.

Another company uses a pantyliner with the pH strip in the middle. With the Fem-V the woman wears the special pantyliner until wet with discharge or for 6-12 hours. The pantyliner is then placed in a special drying tray. The results are checked against the chart included in the kit.

Test strips for yeast infections allow women to quickly start the correct treatment of their symptoms easily without delay. Women who have never had a vaginal infection before are urged to check with their health care provider before starting treatment.

In studies women who self-diagnosed by symptoms alone, were only correct 33% of the time. However using test strips for yeast infection increased the accuracy of self-diagnosis to 96% in the studies reported by Medscape.

Test strips for yeast infections can give peace of mind that a woman is making the correct choice when treating symptoms of her yeast infection.
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