Knowing the Differences to Make Your Diagnosis
Most of us girls have had the “privilege” of being on the receiving end of a yeast infection. It’s one of those things that we all know about but do we REALLY have the low down? Probably not!
First Things First
There is a gigantic amount of meds available for our little problem. And unfortunately there isn’t the same amount of education to help us make a wise decision. As soon as we girls feel that first twinge, the first itch and oh my God, the first feeling of a discharge off we go to the drug store, willing to pay any amount for anything. Television bombards us with ads for over the counter chemicals to defeat our little yeast friends. And the internet is doing the same. But girls, what if it isn’t yeast?
If it isn’t Yeast, Then what is it?
There are many other vaginal infections that are caused by critters other than yeast. These also can be simple but some are considered sexually transmitted diseases with life time consequences. Unfortunately they don’t get as much press as their yeast cousins. If we just assume we are at war with a yeast infection and it turns out to be something more severe we are selling ourselves short on two fronts. We won’t clear our infection and we’ve set ourselves up for future vaginal problems.
So what’s the Problem?
The problem with using a medication incorrectly is that, rather than just not working, it actually makes the bugs stronger and more difficult to attack the next time around. If your infection is not caused by yeast but you use that over the counter preparation anyway, it will make your present problem more resistant to treatment if it becomes necessary in the future. In other words you build up a resistance and it will take more and stronger medication with each ensuing episode.
Meet Your Yeast
If you are a first time sufferer, then please be checked out by a medical person, just to make sure you are correct. Armed with this information you will be able to treat yourself the next time around. But start out on the right foot; you don’t want to get yourself hung up as outlined above.
You will have an itching, burning and painful sensation. The itching part can get unbearable although there are some folks who never have to endure this.
Your discharge will have the consistency of cottage cheese (you may never eat cottage cheese again), be white in color and may also be thin. Although some feel it is odorless there may be a slight odor of baking bread, like yeast. But definitely it will not have a foul odor.
The Other Guys
It is important, as outlined above, to know something about all the different vaginal infections so you will be able to make an intelligent decision.
Bacterial vaginal infections are the bad guys. And all the medications for yeast infections will not do you any good. So head’s up, here’s the info.
Bacterial infections also create an itchy and painful area. But it is in the discharge that you will find the difference. Rather than being white as with yeast, bacterial discharges range from an ugly yellow to a deep muddy brown. The odor will be offensive, like that of rotting fish. Do not try to treat this yourself. Rather see a medical professional, nothing over the counter will attack this type of problem. It will only respond to a prescription medication.
Trichomoniasis, a long word for a bad dude! This type of vaginal infection is caused by a parasite and nothing to mess with. It is a sexually transmitted disease and extremely painful. It needs to be treated only by a medical professional.
Now it is hoped you now have a better idea of how to diagnosis your vaginal infection. Education gives you the freedom to make informed decisions. Take good care of your health ladies.