A vaginal yeast infection or candidal vulvovaginitis is a fungal infection that affects the vulva and causes symptoms including itching, burning, and discharge. A healthy vagina comprises of both bacteria and yeast. Any imbalance in either concentration causes the yeast (candida) to multiply and trigger the common symptoms.
Some common symptoms of vaginal yeast infections are:
- Vaginal itching
- Swelling of vulva
- Burning urination
- Pain during intercourse
- Rashness & redness
Importance of treating vaginal yeast infections
Typically, yeast infections will resolve on their own in a few days. However, any infection lasting longer than 7 days may require a longer course of treatment, such as topical antifungal medication for up to 6 weeks.
Getting more than four infections in a year is called recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (RVVC). RVVC can be an indicator that you have a weak immune system or other health concerns. The earlier you get treated for recurring yeast infection, the more comfortable and smoother the recovery.
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Causes of yeast infection:
The following factors may make you vulnerable to vaginal yeast infections:
- Uncontrolled diabetics
- High estrogen levels
- Weak immune system
- Stress and
- Uncontrolled diet and lack of sleep
Yeast infection treatment procedures
Yeast infections can differ from person to person. Our treatment plan may include the following:
- Pelvic exam
- Questions about your health and medical history
- Examination of external symptoms
- Lab tests (especially for women with recurring yeast infections)
Frequently asked questions about Vaginal Yeast Infections:
Can a yeast infection go away on its own?
While mild infections may heal without any treatment, we recommend that you see your provider even if you suspect an infection.
Can drinking water cure a yeast infection?
Drinking water seems to be a natural remedy to control vaginal yeast infection. However, it is ideal to consult a healthcare professional for an evaluation.
What does vaginal discharge from a yeast infection look like?
On most occasions, the vaginal discharge looks thick and white. On some occasions, it can be excessively watery.
How do you know a yeast infection is healing?
Indications that healing is occurring can include:
- Vaginal discharge returning to normal consistency, color, and smell.
- Reduction of itchiness, swelling or rashes
How long does it take to recover from a yeast infection?
Minor infections might take 2 to 3 days to recover. However, moderate infections can take from 2 to four weeks.
Can I get a yeast infection from having sex?
A vaginal yeast infection is not considered a sexually transmitted disease. However, yeast infections can occur as a result of having sexual intercourse for various reasons.