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Vaginal Infection - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Vaginal Infection?

Vaginal infection is a condition when there is excessive yeast growth in the vagina. There will be intense itching, swelling and irritation in women who get this infection. Vaginal infection is bothersome for the women who experience it.

Causes :

Candida Albicans is the type of yeast that causes the vaginal infection. Yeast is generally present in the vagina and the growth of yeast is kept in check by lactobacillus bacteria. If there is an imbalance in the body, the bacteria cannot work and leads to overgrowth of the yeast. This condition causes itching and burning in the vagina. In some women, recurrent yeast infections will happen. If recurrent yeast infections occur, then the cause of the vaginal infection is another type of Candida yeast.

Imbalance in the body is caused due to many factors like pregnancy, uncontrolled diabetes, excessive antibiotics, weak immune system, hormonal imbalance, stress and lack of sleep.

Symptoms :

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of vaginal infection should visit a gynaecologist. Gynaecologist will check whether the person had episodes of sexually transmitted disease. Pelvic exam is carried out to thoroughly check the vaginal walls and cervix. Vaginal sample test is prescribed for women who have recurrent episodes of vaginal infection.

Treatment for vaginal infection includes vaginal creams to remove the infection. Vaginal creams contain oil and hence have the ability to effect the latex of condom and other birth controls. It is best to avoid these birth control at the time of infection.

Simple yeast infections can be treated by a three-day regimen of ointments, anti fungal creams or suppository. The vaginal infection will cure on use of these medicines. A follow up to the doctor is required to check for recurrent episodes.

Complications :

Complicated vaginal infections can be caused due to a number of reasons like uncontrolled diabetes, pregnancy or HIV. These cause recurrent episodes of vaginal infections and hence need a more aggressive treatment. Here the women are given a 14-day cream or ointment and medications like antibiotics to treat the infections. Use of condoms during sex is also prescribed by the doctor to avoid further infection.

Vaginal infections can be prevented by following some simple precautions. Avoid wearing tight underwear, feminine deodorant or pads, eating a well balanced diet, avoid wearing wet underwear, wearing natural fibres like silk and cotton, avoiding use of hot tubs frequently, avoiding hot douches.

Prevention and precautions taken properly can avoid vaginal infections and lead to a good hygiene in women.

Treatable by medical professional Require medical diagnosis Lab test sometimes required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Symptoms
Vaginal discharge Vaginal inflammation Vaginal itching

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Popular Questions & Answers

I'm female of 34 age, suffering from severe ringworm at inner thighs, stomach and around the nose above the lips but it is severing on thighs with lots of itching since a year. Taken allopathy medicines for the whole year from the last June to till the date but effects I found as I should get the effect. It was reducing some times but again growing back on sever level. Also I'm facing pcod issues, though I'm getting periods but its not as normal periods because flow is not good enough as it was in my younger age but still have higher prolactin level which goes down than the normal range when I use continues cabergoline 0. 25 and when I stop this so again the level goes high. Apart from this have vaginal issues some times getting allot of discharge itching and sometimes it becomes normal, have gone through with yeast infection 4 times in past 3 to 5 years. I feel my immunity is weak and due to that im facing fungal issues in the body in the form of different infections like vaginal and ringworm. Kindly do suggest treatment and cost of treatment also let me know. After watching video on youtube of homeopathy medicine for ringworm I got arsenic 30ch, tellurium 30ch, petroleum 30ch, and r82 in liquid form but as of now haven't seen results, may b after a couple of days I will see improvement in condition but not sure as I started one day ago. Kindly reply to somebody with treatment and the cost of treatment. Thanks.

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What is Vaginal Infection?

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