Ladies, have you ever thought you had a yeast infection? Experienced an itching that wouldn’t go away or a smelly vaginal odor? Vaginal yeast infection, known as vaginal candidiasis, is an infection involving fungus or yeast. The most common fungus seen is a form known as Candida Albicans. Normally this yeast is found in normal proportions in warm and moist areas of the body. However, when Candida multiplies to the point of an infection, symptoms such as vaginal inflammation, irritation, odor, vaginal discharge, and itching can result.
Causes of yeast infection can include antibiotic use, steroid use, diabetes where elevated blood sugars can affect the ph of the vagina , a weakened immune system, use of douches, tight underwear or jeans, and hormonal changes.
Although over the counter creams such as Monistat can treat a yeast infection, many women who think they have a yeast infection and treat as such, find no relief. This is due primarily to the fact they may have another type of vaginal infection such as bacterial vaginosis, trichimoniasis, or streptococcus B. In this case seeing a medical provider is necessary to accurately diagnose via special testing and treat the infection with prescriptive oral medications.
Furthermore, any woman experiencing symptoms such as foul smelling or yellow vaginal discharge, bloody discharge, increased urination, stomach or back pain, vomiting and fever should contact a medical provider for a thorough evaluation.