Here are but a few main points you need to be aware of when it comes to vaginal yeast infections:
1. It is not actually the mere presence of the fungi Candida causing the infection that is the main health concern. A healthy human body can keep from being infected if the growth of the fungi is at low levels. The rule of thumb is “no harm, no foul. If the present fungi population is not causing any problems then the only recourse is to ensure that they remain at low levels. The infection only occurs if the growth is too much.
2. Fungal growth can be brought on by many contributing factors that will result in any and all of the following: the weakening of the immune system, decimation of the “good bacteria” that hinders the growth of the fungi, the local area of the growth becomes too accommodating to its growth, and there is enough “food” to support and sustain the population.
3. The common signs of yeast infection are itching and soreness near the opening of the vagina, pelvic pain, pain while urinating and during sexual intercourse and a white or yellowish discharge that looks a lot like cottage cheese.
4. There are a lot of treatments, both pharmaceutical and homeopathic that can get rid of these infections effectively. Some are applied on the affected area, but there are also pills that can be taken orally. The former is the preferred method of treatment as it is safer because it has lesser side effects and quite effective.
5. The best way to deal with the fungi is for a holistic overhaul of the person’s habits. This includes activities, diet, lifestyle, and even the way they dress. It is not a simple problem, thus the solution should not be expected to be simple either.
6. Before looking for the best approach, however, a woman should first make sure that she indeed has a yeast infection because symptoms of this affliction are quite common. According to studies, most women mistake themselves as having yeast infections although what they actually have are other diseases with only the same symptoms. Taking unnecessary cures for yeast infection can cause worse infections that are highly difficult to treat.
7. Ask for a good oral cure against yeast infection like Diflucan or Nizoral. Look for the best oral drug available because there are some yeast strains that can easily develop their resistance on drugs. These treatments, however, shouldn’t be considered as long term remedies because they only counter the symptoms but do not exactly target the main cause of the infection.
8. Some tips to prevent yeast infections are wearing cotton panties and avoiding tight underpants like lycra or leather. Also avoid wearing wet bathing suits because yeast grows the most when the vaginal area is left moist. Pregnant women with yeast infection are also recommended to sleep without any underwear to keep their vaginal area dry.
9. Women who are in their post menopausal stage or those who cannot skip their use of oral contraceptives can try using some lubricants to ease the irritation and discomfort when having sexual intercourse. Using condoms can also be done to make sure that their yeast infection will not be passed on to their partner.
10. Since yeast normally thrives in the gastrointestinal tract, make sure to wipe in a front to back motion after bowel movement so that the yeast from the feces won’t be passed on to the vaginal area.
11. Take dietary supplements rich in pro-biotics in cases when use of antibiotics cannot be avoided. Antibiotics have a tendency of destroying the good bacteria in the gut, giving way to the overgrowth of yeast. Take foods rich in pro-biotics like yogurt after taking antibiotics to help replenish the supply of good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.