Vaginal Candidasis - Symptoms and Treatment

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By Tess Thompson



Vaginal candidiasis is a recurring yeast infection. It is characterized by symptoms like:

  • A thick and whitish vaginal discharge that resembles cottage cheese, but is normally odorless.
  • Constant itching and burning sensation in the vaginal canal.
  • Pain during sex and/or urination.
  • Redness or irritation in the external part of the genitalia (vulva).

It is important to confirm that the symptoms that you observe are due to a Candida infection and are not due to another infection like a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), because a UTI can sometimes cause similar symptoms. Bacterial infections and some sexually transmitted diseases like Gonorrhea and Chlamydia can also cause symptoms that resemble a vaginal yeast infection. Confirmation is normally done through a microscopic examination of the vaginal discharge to check the prevalence of the yeast, Candida.

Candida can take a caustic form in conditions where friendly bacteria are unable to fight the prevalence of this imperfect fungus. Overgrowth of Candida results in transformation of this harmless yeast into its fungal form. This fungal form can cause some serious problems by traveling up to other vital organs.

You can decrease your risk of vaginal Candidiasis by taking some simple measures like:

  • Prefer loose-fitted clothes like skirts over tight clothes like jeans or panty hose. Tight clothes do not allow free circulation of air in and out of the vaginal area and can increase the risk of candidiasis.
  • Keep your genitals clean and wash with adequate water every time you urinate.
  • Ensure that wiping after excretion is in an outward motion - from the vaginal area out towards the anus. Yeast is always present in the intestines and can be swept into the vagina if you do not take this precaution.
  • Dry yourself properly after bathing and swimming. Change wet swimsuits as soon as possible.
  • Avoid douching. If you must, use plain water instead of chemicals that can aggravate the irritation.

Besides these simple home remedies, vaginal yeast infection treatment involves anti-fungal creams, ointments, suppositories and oral drugs. Sometimes there may be mixed infections, and you may require multiple drugs. Such drugs may be combinations of anti-fungal and antibiotic medication. Most of the antifungal drugs end with the letters – ‘zole’".

Vaginal yeast infections occur due to the introduction of new yeast in the vaginal area. It may also occur when the already present yeast in the vagina outnumbers the relative quantity of friendly bacteria that are vital to restricting the growth of Candida. This happens due to an unnecessary reliance on antibiotics that kill good bacteria along with the bacteria that they are meant to kill. Antibiotics should never be taken without consulting a doctor. When the doctor prescribes an antibiotic, care should be used to take the medication only in the prescribed dosage.

Most of the anti-fungal medications, including creams and ointments, provide only a temporary relief from itching and fail to address the underlying cause of the infection. Homeopathy, nature cures, and herbal medicines provide a convenient option for a Candida cure, as they have a holistic approach and view vaginal Candidiasis in its totality. Candida treatments under alternative therapies place more emphasis on dietary modifications, strengthening immunity, and limiting the overgrowth of this potential dangerous condition through natural and safe remedies.

References:
http://www.medicinenet.com/yeast_vaginitis/page5.htm
http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/yeastinfections/a/vagyeastinfecti_2.htm

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