Cause and Treatment
Cause and Treatment
The human body is a mysterious and wonderful creation. Something we always consider to be an enemy, bacteria, resides within the tissue of the female vagina where, instead of being an enemy, actually keeps this part of the reproductive organs in good health. It resides there in harmony with the presence of yeast, and when they are in balance the vaginal area, along with its entrance, the vulva, remains healthy.
There are several types of vaginal infections that can attack this delicate tissue. The most common, and perhaps the easiest to acquire is that of yeast. The overgrowth of yeast will result in candidiasis, the official name of a yeast infection.
How Did I Get It?
Vaginal yeast is an easy infection to acquire. Some major illnesses unfortunately make their hosts more susceptible to acquiring a yeast infection. Among these is diabetes under poor control, any weakening of the immune system and even pregnancy. Many women engage in frequent douching which may change the pH of this delicate area resulting in a yeast infection. Although douching can be helpful it is not advised to be done frequently.
Factors to Be Considered
Antibiotics used for a wide variety of infections are engineered to kill all types of bacteria, even the “good” kind found in the vagina. The upshot of this is that many women will find themselves saddled with a vaginal yeast episode as an unwanted secondary affect of their first illness.
Hormonal changes, the increase of estrogen levels, will often trigger an episode. This is the reason for its prevalence in pregnancy and in some woman taking birth control pills.
Although not considered a sexually transmitted disease it can be transmitted through sexual contact.
The Next Step
Especially if this is the first infection the best bet is to confer with a medical professional. Symptoms are easy to identify. Starting with a vaginal itch, burning, soreness and pain, these things are hard to ignore. But it is the discharge, distinctive in its appearance as cottage cheese; it also should be white, thick and free of odor.
There are several types of prescription preparations on the market. Some are to be used for short term therapy and come in various formulations such as creams, ointments, tablets or suppositories. All these are for vaginal insertion. All can be used for one to three days periods. There are also short term preparations that are oral tablets. These tablets are taken for only one day.
In most cases the above should handle the episode without any further necessary treatment. But some cases are stubborn and do not subside in the recommended time frame. Or frequent reoccurrence may be a problem, in both of these cases different medical protocol must be employed. A combination of medications or long term therapy is usually the answer.
Some Natural Ways to Combat an Infection
Some woman would like to avoid the use of prescription medications for various personal reasons. For these women there are several options available. Home remedies have been around for centuries with so-so results. As none have been scrutinize by reliable clinical trials the feedback cannot be considered reliable. The three most common of these are vaginal douches, garlic suppositories and boric acid suppositories.
While a yeast infection can be a painful inconvience it is easily treated. It also can be avoided by following the suggestions as noted above.