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FAQ's For Vaginal Yeast Infection


The main cause of a yeast infection is the fungus candida which starts multiplying in the vagina due to an imbalance of oestrogen levels in the body

Yes, yeast infections are only spread through sexual contact. However, make sure to change into clean, dry underwear immediately afterwards.

Bacterial Vaginosis causes a thin yellow or gray discharge with a foul "fishy" odour. It is usually treated using prescription antibacterial medication like metronidazole, clindamycin and tinidazole. Yeast infection on the other hand, causes a cottage cheese-like discharge with no foul smell. It is treated using antifungal tablets, topical creams and ointments.

The fastest way to get rid of a yeast infection is by using antifungal medications prescribed by a doctor.

Untreated yeast infections can get much worse, causing skin rashes due to itching raw skin. The redness and swelling will spread to areas surrounding the vagina.

Vaginal yeast infections are one of the most common types of bacterial infection. It is estimated that 75% of women in the United States will have a yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. Many women can experience recurring yeast infections. It occurs when the candida fungus starts to grow inside the vagina, similar to that of vaginal thrush. This happens due to an imbalance in oestrogen levels which promote the growth of lactobacilii, a bacteria that prevents harmful infections. Yeast infection symptoms include:
Pain during urination
Pain during sex
Burning, itching, swelling or redness of the vagina
A thick, odourless, white discharge similar to cottage cheese.

Anything that contributes to a change in hormonal balance in the body can cause a yeast infection in women. Imbalance in oestrogen levels is caused by:
Diabetes which increases sugar levels and aids in the growth of yeast
Antibiotics which may kill off lactobacilii
Hormonal changes during menopause, pregnancy and breast-feeding
Vaginal products like sprays or douches
Sexual intercourse
A weakened immune system stemming from illnesses like AIDS or genetic disorders

Vaginal yeast infection treatment usually entails a simple 1-3 day prescription of antifungal tablets, creams or ointments. These are usually OTC drugs which are readily available. However, many women experience recurring yeast infections; at least 4 in a year. IF this is observed to be the case, medical professionals may prescribe a longer treatment regimen. There are a plethora of ways to efficiently soothe the itchiness and pain of a yeast infection. Some effective yeast infection remedies include coconut oil, tea tree oil, garlic, boric acid and even plain yogurt. HerbsDaily has a wide range of supplements and topical treatments for vaginal yeast infection.