What Yeast Infections Look Like

What is a yeast infection?

Vaginal yeast infections are caused by Candida albicans which are a fungus. This yeast which is microscopic normally lives in small numbers on the skin and inside the vagina. Since the vagina becomes acidic the yeast does not grow. If the balance of acidity is tilted, the yeast grows and too many yeast cause vaginal yeast infection. Elements effecting the change of acidity levels can be menstruation (period), pregnancy, diabetes, antibiotics, steroids and birth control pills. Interior environment issues like moisture and irritation can also effect the change of acidity levels in the vaginal area.

How do I tell if there is a vaginal yeast infection (What do they look like)?

The easiest way to tell if there is a presence of yeast infection in vagina is to go to a doctor. They can do a swab test that will be non-evasive and efficient. Before going to the doctor more than likely a person will have these uncomfortable, but not serious symptoms:

· Itching and burning in the vagina and also the skin that surrounds the vagina (vulva).

· Normally is a white discharge from the vagina that looks like a white cottage cheese texture. It can range from that to a thin clear or thin and faint yellow discharge.

· There will be pain during sexual intercourse. Normally severe dryness occurs.

· Swelling of the skin that surrounds the vagina (vulva).

· Smells like beer or bread, like yeast in the vaginal area.

About 75% of women in general will have at least one vaginal yeast infection in their lifetime. Over half of these women will contract one more than once. Talking directly to a doctor will help determine if a yeast infection is present. Make sure all symptoms are told to the doctor to insure a proper diagnosis.

How do I treat vaginal yeast infections?

There are a couple of forms of treatment for a vaginal yeast infection:

1. Medicine in a pill form taken by mouth.

2. Medicine in a cream form that is inserting in the vagina using a special applicator.

3. Medicine in a cream form for the vulva to relieve irritation.

4. Medicine in a suppository form that is inserted in the vagina and dissolves on its own.

Each individual user should choose which form they think is most appropriate and comfortable for them to use.

Do I need to see a doctor with every vaginal yeast infection?

Make sure to see the doctor the first time to make sure there is in fact a vaginal yeast infection. Some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have similar symptoms. If it is in fact an STD and yeast infection medicine is applied it could make the situation a lot worse. Proper diagnosis can insure proper care.

How do I avoid getting a vaginal yeast infection?

· Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes or clothes with synthetic fibers.

· Cotton panties are recommended. They allow the vaginal area to breathe a lot better unlike spandex or silk.

· Panty hose and leotards should not be worn all day the nylon does not allow the vaginal area to breathe.

· After getting out of the bath or shower, use the blow dryer on the lowest, coolest setting to help dry your genital area.

· After using the toilet wipe from front to back. This will help decrease the spread of bacteria from the rectum to the vaginal area.

· Wet clothes and bathing suits should be removed as soon as possible.

There are also some products to avoid:

1. Douches

2. Feminine hygiene sprays

3. Deodorant sanitary pads or tampons

4. Bubble bath

5. Colored or perfumed toilet paper

All of these products created an imbalance of the acidity levels in the vaginal areal and will cause yeast to grow and possible create a vaginal yeast infection.

Can I spread a vaginal yeast infection to my sexual partner?

It is very rare. If any signs or symptoms are shown, go to a doctor.

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