It is painful to have to experience the symptoms of a yeast infection the first time, but to have to go through it on a regular occurence can be a nightmare for some unlucky women. No matter how they follow the instructions on those ointments they have got from over the counter such as Canesten, Monistat or Diflucan, they still keep suffering. Why are these anti-fungal drugs failing at doing anything permanent?
Candida is a type of yeast and when it overgrows an infection is the result. It can happen on various parts of the body, though most commonly it happens in the vagina because it is such a perfect environment for it there. It is particularly likely to happen around a menstruation, when pregnant or when menopausal, because of the hormone changes and the pH in the vagina changing.
Symptoms that commonly occur are:
- A persistant itching
- Redness and rawness of the vulva (around the vagina)
- Discharge that is thick and white or yellowish and may smell of yeast. (If it has a fishy smell this is more an indication of bacterial vaginosis rather than a yeast infection, it is common for the two conditions to be confused).
- When urinating there can be a burning feeling.
- Pain or discomfort during sex.
You need to address how the overgrowth happened in order to get rid of the infection permanently. Anti-fungal creams will not do this, they are just treating the symptoms and in fact 3 out of 4 women get the infection back again after such treatments in just a few weeks time. As the yeast spreads there can be other symptoms such as depression, tiredness, skin irritation, headaches, muscle aches and constipation.
Try to stop using antibiotics, make dietary changes such as cutting out sugary foods, coffee, carbs, dairy and alcohol. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Use natural remedies for the symptoms such as tea tree oil, oregano oil, vinegar, acidophilus, garlic and gential violet.