A yeast infection can cause a great deal of discomfort for women. If you have experienced intense, vaginal itching and burning, this may be the source of the problem. Painful urination is also common, as well as redness and irritation of the vulva. One of the telltale signs of a yeast infection is a vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese and may be white or gray. A yeast infection can cause pain during sexual intercourse. If you are experiencing these symptoms and they persist, you need to do something about it.
What to do about a Yeast Infection
While there are medications that are available over the counter, and many home remedies, it is best to make an appointment with your doctor concerning a yeast infection. This is especially important if you have never had a yeast infection or you are pregnant. It is essential that you have a proper diagnosis. Your symptoms could be an indication of a sexually transmitted disease or could indicate a more serious condition such as bacterial vaginosis. If you are pregnant, yeast infections tend to be more difficult to manage. You will want to avoid any oral medication that could be harmful to the baby. If you are a victim of chronic infections, you should see a doctor in order to effectively manage your outbreaks.
How Yeast Infections are treated by a Doctor
Our doctors will begin by taking a swab from your vaginal area in order to confirm that you have a yeast infection. If you do have a yeast infection, prescription medication can be provided to clear up the problem. Suppositories and creams are used most often. If you are not pregnant, you may be able to take an oral medication. You should follow the instructions for your medication and any instructions from your doctor. Your infection should clear up within two weeks.
How to Prevent Yeast Infections
There are several steps you can take at home to prevent future outbreaks of yeast infections. You should stay hydrated and eat a healthy diet that includes a great deal of fresh produce. Eating yogurt on a regular basis could keep the amount of yeast in your body under control. If possible, do not use antibiotics in excess. Antibiotics destroy bacteria in your body, both the good and the bad. They can create an imbalance that leads to a yeast infection. If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control in order to reduce the chance of any type of yeast infection.
Good hygiene is essential as well. Be sure to use soap that is mild and does not have chemicals with water to cleanse your vagina. You should dry it carefully when you are done washing. Be sure to change any feminine products, such as tampons or pads, on a regular basis in order to keep your vaginal area clean. You should avoid tight clothes and consider cotton underwear for good ventilation. If you go swimming, take off your wet suit right away and dry thoroughly. Yeast infections are more common when the vagina is warm and moist.
If you’re struggling with yeast infections, contact South Lake OB/GYN and Advanced Surgery today to schedule your appointment. We’ll work with you to offer safe, effective treatment.