Do You Have a Vaginal Yeast Infection?
A small amount of candida (a type of a fungus) is usually present in a healthy vagina, along with several types of bacteria. Normally, the bacteria help to keep the other organisms, such as candida, under control. When an imbalance occurs, an overgrowth of candida can cause a vaginal yeast infection. This condition is very common among women and girls of all ages, and it is usually not serious.
Sometimes, taking antibiotic medications can affect the balance of organisms within the vagina. Additionally, a vaginal yeast infection can result from high estrogen levels caused by pregnancy or hormone therapy, as well as certain health conditions, such as diabetes or a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.
Some signs of a vaginal yeast infection include:
- Itching or soreness in the vagina
- Pain and swelling in the vulva
- Pain or burning sensations during urination or sexual intercourse
- A thick, clumpy, white vaginal discharge that has no odor
Because these symptoms can also be caused by more serious conditions, including bacterial vaginosis (BV) and many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), it’s easy to guess wrong about a vaginal yeast infection. When left untreated, many STDs and BV can cause serious health issues. Therefore, it’s important to see a physician for a proper diagnosis and treatment, even if the symptoms are mild.
Antifungal medications are often recommended for treating yeast infections. While some yeast infection treatments are available over the counter, it’s always best to consult with a physician first. Using this type of treatment when you do not actually have a yeast infection can cause your body to become resistant to the yeast infection medicine, making actual yeast infections more difficult to treat in the future.
If you have questions or would like to see a physician, contact or visit South Tampa Immediate Care in Tampa, FL.