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Easy Steps to Manage Yeast Infection Symptoms and Treatment

Jan 15, 2008
Yeast infections are essentially a candida fungus infection that occurs most commonly in moist areas of the body. These infections are frequently brought about by antibiotic or steroid use, menstruation and menopause, and use of birth control pills. In some cases certain conditions like diabetes or the administration of chemotherapy in cancer patients can contribute to the problem.

A yeast infection is not just like a normal itch. Left unattended, it can become quite painful and spread to other parts of the body. Although yeast infections are frequently embarrassing, they must be treated before they become more serious.

The most common yeast infection symptoms include itching, rashes, a white mucus-like discharge from the vagina, pain during sexual intercourse, and a burning sensation while urinating. Any of these symptoms may be indicative of a candida yeast infection, and should prompt a visit to the doctor.

Most candidal infections can be treated at home with over-the-counter or prescription medication and cleared up within a week or so. Various creams and ointments are available that can be applied topically to the affected area. Thorough washing of the surrounding areas at least twice a day with Neutrogena soap can help to address the infection.

So, what steps can you take to make it easier to identify and manage a yeast infection? Keep a journal of any symptom that you may encounter. For instance, when you first feel itching or discomfort in a moist area, make a note in a journal. Or when you experience pain or discomfort during normal activities such as sexual intercourse or urination, make a note of it. Then on a regular basis keep track of any changes in these symptoms.

Once an ointment or course of treatment has been prescribed for you, keep another journal in which you describe the results. Have the symptoms improved? Are they worse? How long does it take for the symptoms to clear up?

If you are taking prescription medication for your yeast infection, keep a record of what you take and when. Is it helping the symptoms? Are there any side effects? Keep track of when side effects occur and how severe they are. Having this information handy will help your doctor prescribe the treatment that best addresses your overall health.

Setting up journals like the ones described here is easy to do. You can use a paper worksheet, a computer word processing program, or even a spreadsheet program like Excel.

You owe it to yourself to take an active role in managing your own health. Yeast infections are easy to treat if you attend to them quickly. However, failing to deal with the problem can allow the infection to spread making it much more serious and difficult to treat. You need to use every tool at your disposal to make sure you get the best results possible.
About the Author
Jason Jantzi writes for www.Health-Kit.com and is a specialist in researching treatments for pain and discomfort. Download a free Yeast Infection Health Kit from http://www.health-kit.com/infections/yeast-infection/ and take control of your yeast infection symptoms today.
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