Yeast infections are common and they can be very annoying. About 75% of women may get a yeast-infection at least once in their lifetime, 45% may get it more than one time, and then there are some women who may suffer from chronic yeast-infections.
Yeast infections are normally caused by a fungi known as “candida-albicans.” Yeast is generally present in a woman’s vagina, but yeast overgrowth can be a problem. Yeast is a harmless fungus which is normally found in a woman’s vagina, digestive-tract, and also in the mouth in much smaller amounts, but if a yeast imbalance-occurs, the “candida-albicans” multiplies which in turn causes an overgrowth which results to a yeast-infection.
The most common symptoms of yeast infection include; a vaginal itching, a burning sensation, a vaginal discharge which is normally thick and white in color, a painful urination, and some pain can be experienced during and also after having sexual intercourse.
There are several possible causes of yeast infections. At times even taking an antibiotic can result to a yeast-infection. In addition to destroying-bacteria which causes illness, antibiotics also kill off the “good-bacteria” which normally live in a woman’s vagina. Without this “good-bacteria” in a woman’s vagina, the yeast cells can and will take over and in turn grow-out of control. Some other possible causes that can lead to yeast infection can include; Wearing tight-clothing, certain underwear, douching, use of some feminine sprays that cause moisture, uncontrolled-diabetes, and also pregnancy.
Recurrent yeast infection can be a sign of a more rather serious underlying medical-condition, it can be diabetes or poor-immune-system. Sometimes some women are at first diagnosed with diabetic condition after seeing their doctor on the first-onset of yeast-infection symptoms.
Generally, pregnant women are more prone to develop a yeast infection because the pregnancy changes their hormonal and their chemical body balance. A yeast infection can be rather difficult to treat during-pregnancy and sometimes some pregnant women may experience recurrent yeast-infections.Most women who suffer-from stress, fatigue, illness and a poor-diet, are most likely to get a yeast infection.
Below are some steps that women can undertake to help in preventing yeast infections:
1. Eating a well balanced and healthy diet.
2. Wearing loose clothing and quality cotton underwear Avoid all nylon underwear. 3.Always keep the external vaginal-area clean and dry.
4. Avoid using irritating soaps and other such vaginal sprays or perfumes.
5. Change the pads and the tampons frequently.
6. If you’ve diabetes, ensure you keep a stable blood-sugar level.
7. Only take the antibiotics that have been prescribed-by your doctor.
8. Don’t douche.
Women who’ve never been diagnosed or never had suffered a yeast infection should makes sure they see-a-doctor the first-time they experience or notice any of the painful-symptoms. There are many and different over the counter-treatments for a yeast infection that can be easily bought in stores. These treatments are usually anti-fungal creams which are normally inserted into a woman’s vagina before bedtime. These treatments range from one day-treatments to three, five or even seven-day-treatments. The shorter-the-treatment time, the-higher-the cost. Pregnant-women are advised-not to buy or use any medicated-products unless advised by a doctor.
There are also natural ways to deal with yeast infections. Over the counter medicated-treatments usually cure majority of the yeast infections, but they are only temporary-treatments. The yeast-infection may come back, and may even be worse than before. Most people who have used natural-treatments for yeast infections report to never having a yeast infection again. It’s probably since the natural and holistic method listen to their bodies and then get to the cause and root of the problem, while over the counter creams just temporarily kill the candida present in the vagina. The key to eliminating yeast-infections is working well with your body-by ensuring you stop the internal-cause of the yeast infection while at the same time maintaining that inner natural-balance where Yeast-Infection ceases to exist.