Vaginal Yeast Infection

Vaginal Yeast Infection

Vaginal yeast infection is the inflammation of the vagina, resulting in abnormal vaginal discharge pain and possible itching of the vaginal area. The inflammation is the result of fungal infection. While it is not a sexually transmitted disease, there is however a risk of developing the condition when you start having regular sexual activity. In some cases, oral sex is also associated as a cause of the condition.

While, the treatment for the condition is routine & simple, recurrence of the disease on a regular basis (more than four times in a year) requires a more thorough diagnosis and long-term treatment plan.

Symptoms of Vaginal Yeast Infection

  • Itching in the vaginal area
  • Discoloration of vaginal discharge
  • Painful urination
  • Swelling of vulva
  • Vaginal rash
Causes of Vaginal Yeast Infection

  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Immune deficiency
  • Being pregnant
  • Oral contraceptive use
  • Excessive antibiotic use

A routine pelvic examination helps diagnose vaginal yeast infection, and the treatment depends on the severity and frequency of the condition. Anti-fungal vaginal therapy is the course of treatment, and based on the condition it is either a long-term or a short-term course.

Prevention of Vaginal Yeast Infection

  • Avoiding excessive douching
  • Maintaining genital hygiene
  • Avoid using public baths
  • Staying away from scented pads & tampons