What is a Yeast Infection?
A yeast infection is caused by the fungus Candida albicans which naturally occurs inside your body. 75% of all women will have one a yeast infection at some point in their life. If the pH level of the naturally acidic environment of the vagina drops, then the number of yeast may rise, causing a vaginal yeast infection.
The signs and symptoms of a yeast infection include itching and redness around the outer vagina (vulva), soreness, rash, and/or burning especially while urinating. Also, a cottage-cheese like discharge may be present. While these are the symptoms of a yeast infection, not all women or girls will experience all of them, but if severe itching is not present then you may be suffering from some other condition – see your doctor immediately.
How to get rid of a yeast infection
- Visit your doctor especially to overcome any fears you may have and make sure that you have a correct diagnosis. Your doctor can prescribe you a treatment
- Your pharmacist may be able to recommend an over the counter treatment. The over the counter treatments will butoconazole nitrate (Femstat 3), clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin and others), miconazole (Monistat 7 and others), and tioconazole (Vagistat). These work as an anti-fungal treatment. Some of our readers suggest Yeastrol Solution. Be sure to follow instructions correctly and read the label carefully.
- Stops wearing tight clothing such as panty hose, tights, leggings, nylon underwear, and tight jeans. Allow your body to “breath”. Wear looser fitting clothing instead.
- Wear natural-fiber clothing and underwear with a cotton lining.
- Dry off and take off your wet bathing suit after swimming rather than sitting around in it.
- Use a condom (if you are sexually active).
- Reduce use of feminine sprays or deodorants especially if you are experiencing symptoms.
What causes a vaginal yeast infection and how can it be prevented?
There are lots of things that can trigger a yeast infection, some of the most common being:
- Clothing that is too tight, non-cotton, dirty (traps heat and moisture)
- Sexual transmission
- Weakened immune system
- Allergic reactions to chemicals such as dyes, perfumes and inks.
- Antibiotics (the leading cause of vaginal yeast infections)
- Period (menstruation)
- Contraceptives (birth control pills and condoms – nonoxynol-9 or a latex allergy)
- Steroids (often found in antibiotics)
- Pregnancy/Hormonal changes
So the first step is to be aware of what you are wearing and your lifestyle. Especially if it is your first yeast infection then you should visit a doctor to receive a correct diagnosis and this may also help in alleviating any fears. You can also visit your local pharmacy and buy an over the counter treatment which you can apply at home. Make sure you are getting proper nutrition including fresh fruit and vegetables, are resting properly and are finding ways to release or reduce stress for optimal health.