How to Find Out if You have a Vaginal Yeast Infection or Vulvitis
First, examine your lifestyle:
1. Do you like wearing tight-fitting clothes, and materials that do not allow for proper ventilation in your groin area (like synthetic fabrics or latex)?
2. Does your daily diet include a lot of white or refined sugar and carbohydrates?
3. Do you have improper hygiene and have unsafe sexual encounters?
4. Do you use oil-based products on or near the area or products with glycerin?
5. Are you taking any kind of medication like birth control pills, hormone replacements, or antibiotics?
6. Do you have any disorder or illness that can weaken your body’s immune system?
7. Are you pregnant?
A “Yes” answer in any of these questions means that you have raised your risk to fungal infections. The more questions that are answered with “Yes”, the higher your risk is.
Next See if You Have Any of the Following Symptoms:
1. A white but generally odorless discharge that looks like curdled milk (like baby spit.)
2. Soreness, itching, redness or swelling at the groin area.
3. Pain during urination, sexual intercourse, or general pelvic pain.
These symptoms can be indicative of a current infection that you can immediately get rid of with homeopathic treatments or medicines from the drugstore, but to be sure it is a yeast infection, consult a physician. Nipping it in the bud before it spreads and causes further complications is a good plan of action IF the infection is already present. But, if you continue to enforce the habits that have brought about the fungal infection, it will recur. It is advisable to make a holistic evaluation and treatment regimen to take care of the yeast problem, rather than just treat the infections as they come.
To orient you further about vaginal yeast infection, this is caused by the fungus called Candida albicans. The Candida fungus is so tiny that small numbers of it can live inside the vagina. The proper pH level environment keeps them from growing and multiplying in large numbers. However, if the vagina’s acid content becomes less, the yeast will go out of control and can invade the tissue and cause a vaginal infection.
But why does the acid in the vagina gets imbalanced? This is because of many factors. It can be due to the arrival of the menstrual period, pregnancy, using douching products, diabetes, and use of antibiotics, steroids and birth control pills. All of these contribute to the sudden change of the female hormones thus the sudden change of the acidity in women’s vaginal conditions.
As it has been said, you know you have vaginal yeast infections if you experience all the symptoms above. Infections from Candida happen to almost all women and in fact 3 out of 4 women can experience Candidiasis during their lifetime while 2 out of 4 women can have it more than once. Treatment for it is also becoming very common. Previously women use home remedies to combat vaginal yeast infections. They use garlic, boric acid suppositories, yogurt, apple cider vinegar and any other products they can find at home. These are usually effective and in reality they are safer.
However, if you want a quick cure, you can treat your candidiasis with medicine you can buy easily from drugstores. Medications could be in the form of cream form to relieve the itching, pills to eradicate the infection in the body or drug suppositories to cleanse off the insides of the vagina that is already infected with the Candida. If you have a yeast infection for the first time and want to find out if it is the real infection most women are afraid of, better see your doctor. He or she can conduct a diagnosis on you and will prescribe you the proper treatment. Sometimes inventing with home remedies would not work and may even aggravate your infection when improperly used so better see the doctor who can advise you better.