Vaginal Yeast Infections

A vaginal yeast infection is the most common form of yeast infection and is the reason why yeast infections are mistakenly presumed to be a female problem. Over three quarters of women will have to deal with vaginal yeast infections, or have already done so. For that reason treatment has been become big business for some pharmaceutical companies, with many brands of over the counter creams, pills and suppositories. This is also one of the most searched term on the internet, as more women become dissatisfied with conventional treatments and look for information on what causes their condition and how to either prevent it, or successfully treat it using alternative methods.

Symptoms

  • Itching that ranges from mild to severe depending on how bad the yeast infection is
  • Burning
  • A white, cottage cheese like discharge (note here that the discharge is described as either odorless or yeasty. Not fishy. A fishy odor from the vagina area is more a symptoms of another vaginal problem, bacterial vaginosis. Symptoms are similar between the two.
  • Pain when having sex either because of damage already there or because it is too dry
  • Swelling
  • Pain when urinating. This pain happens as the urine touches cracked sore skin around the vagina. If the pain is happening before the urine comes out, as it passes down then this is more a symptom of a urinary tract infection.
  • Redness

Root causes

  • Poor diet high in sugars, refined carbohydrates, processed foods and junk foods.
  • Hormonal changes including pregnancy, menstruation and menopause.
  • Prolonged use of antibiotics or steroids.
  • A weakened immune system from fighting a different illness.
  • Tight clothing, and clothing made from synthetic materials.
  • Scented chemical products used on the vagina that upset the natural balance.

Prevention

  • Wear cotton underwear that allow the skin to breathe
  • Wear clothing that is not too tight, avoid items like nylons too often as they do not allow the area to stay well ventilated, but rather give the yeast a perfect environment to live and grow in, moist and warm.
  • Do not use scented feminine hygiene products like tampons, sprays, soaps and so on. They upset the chemical balance of the vagina.
  • Stop douching. This is not helping at all and is very much discouraged by most doctors today. Dr. Oz tells us the vagina is like a self cleaning oven and this si true! All you need to do, to maintain hygiene is use a non scented soap, to wash and then dry thoroughly so it doesn’t stay damp down there. Douching kills good bacteria, it destroys the natural flora in the vagina, and raises the chances of getting vaginal yeast infections.
  • Eat well – a diet that is low in foods that feed the yeast such as sugar, and high in foods that help fight it such as live probiotic yogurt, leafy green vegetables and cranberries.
  • Sleep well – get enough rest so that your body has a chance to recharge, and get rid of stress as it produces chemicals in your body.

Treatments
Conventional – Over the counter medications or prescribed from a doctor. Both use anti fungal remedies including creams, pills and suppositories. But to avoid the problem of recurring infections you need to also identify and deal with the cause of your infection.

Natural – Natural remedies include raw garlic, live yogurt, cranberries, tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar to name but a few. You can find plenty of information on them and how to use them with further research but you still need to also treat the root cause too.

If you think you have a yeast infection it is best to get a proper diagnosis from a doctor as there are other infections that can occur in the vagina area that have similar symptoms. This is especially true for pregnant women, do not self treat until you have spoken to your doctor, for yours and the baby’s health. Act quickly and it will be a lot easier to clear up your vaginal yeast infection and get on with your life.

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