Vaginal yeast infection; causes, symptoms and treatments

Vaginal yeast infection causes

Begun to notice changes in color and texture of your vaginal discharge? A cottage cheese like appearance and itching between the thigh? It could be it. Vaginal yeast infection causes changes and discomfort.

The body of women is very much complicated than expected and Vaginal yeast infection just validates how things could go awry.

Just like a regular working machine breaks down or seem to give signals of wearing out and need for maintenance.

Much more for the body of women which has a lot going in there from little changes in the face and external body even to internal changes.

Vaginal candidiasis also known as vaginal yeast infection is a fungal infection with a few noticeable symptoms.

Many times the symptoms of vaginal yeast infection can be there but unnoticed too.

The common symptoms of vaginal yeast infections are vaginal itching and vaginal discharge.

A few women seem to have at least two or more recurring episodes of vaginal yeast infection and 3 out of 4 women experience it.

In the case where it causes inflammation of the vagina, it is called vaginitis.

When there is an inflammation of the vulva and vagina it is called vulvovaginitis.

Many times the doctor may not be able to determine the cause of your vagina yeast infection.

The above type of yeast infection is called non specific vulvovaginitis.

Vagina, yeast infections goes by the symptoms mentioned below.

  • -Redness and swelling of vulva
  • -Vaginal itching and irritation
  • -Vaginal bleeding or spotting
  • -Burning sensation or pain during intercourse
  • – Vaginal rash
  • -Vaginal pain or soreness
  • -Watery vaginal discharge
  • -Change in amount of vaginal discharge
  • -Thick white, odor free vaginal discharge with a cottage cheese appearance.

Vaginal discharge can range from mild, moderate to severe. Though not life threatening.

See doctor if you notice the symptoms below.

  1. – if you notice an appearance of yeast infection for the first time
  2. – If you develop other symptoms
  3. – When your symptoms aren’t relieved after treating with vaginal creams or over the counter drugs.
  4. -Have symptoms that return after treatment.
  • How do you know your case of vaginal infection is complicated?
  • -When you have recurring vaginal yeast infections
  • – When you have some signs and symptoms like extensive redness, swelling and itching that causes tears, cracks and sores
  • – When your infection is caused by a less common type of fungus

Different vaginal yeast infection causes.

There are different symptoms of vaginal yeast infections and this is because there are different causes.

  • Trichomoniasis
    The symptoms are vaginal itching and odor accompanied by greenish, yellowish discharge.

This is caused by protozoan parasite contracted through sexual intercourse.

  • -Bacterial infection

The symptoms involves fish like odor after sex accompanied by grayish, yellowish discharge.

An overgrowth of the bacteria causing this is called bacterial vaginosis.

  • -Yeast infection
    The symptom involves itching accompanied by probable thick and white discharge.

Yeast infections are caused by a fungus called candida albicans.

  • Antibiotics and other factors can reduce antifungal bacteria which leads to overgrowth of fungi causing yeast infection.
  • -Vagina atrophy
    Many times this develops when estrogen levels decline, for instance during breastfeeding or menopause.
  • -Reduced hormone levels can cause vaginal itching and dryness which leads to vaginal inflammation.
  • Irritants
    Vaginal contraceptives and cosmetic products can also irritate the vagina.
    Tight clothing can cause vaginal infections too.

Tip; To diagnose vaginal infections, sexual history is required.

The health history is also required as well as history of vaginal infections or STI’s.

A vaginal discharge sample is collected for pelvic exams to help doctors determine causes of infections.

How to prevent vaginal infections.

  • -Use a condom during sex
  • -Wear loose clothing and cotton underwear
  • -Maintain proper hygiene.
  • -Avoid unnecessary antibiotics
  • -Avoid vaginal douching
  • -Avoid scented products
  • -Avoid excessive hot baths
  • -Avoid excessive wets cloths.

N/B ; Not all vaginal infections can be prevented though

Possible treatments for vaginal yeast infections

  • -For a yeast infection, antifungal creams can be used.
  • -For Trichomonasis
    Metronidazole or tinidazole tablets may be described.
  • -For vagina atrophy, estrogen creams or tablets may be used
  • -For bacterial infections, Metronidazole tablets, cream or gel may be used. Clindamycin cream or gel may also be used.
  • -For infections caused by irritants like soaps and creams, varying products may reduce symptoms.

N/B ; In what ever symptom you get or method you chose to use for treatment, make sure to contact your doctor first.

Risk factors for vaginal infections

  • -Antibiotic use
    When antibiotic kills healthy bacteria, yeast overgrows.
  • -Increased estrogen levels( caused by birth control pills or hormone therapy)
  • -Uncontrolled diabetes( Poorly or uncontrolled blood sugar are at risk of yeast infections
  • -Impaired immune systems-( low immune system caused by corticosteroid therapy or HIV infection causes yeast infections.

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Vaginal yeast infection causes
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