How to Tell If You Have a Yeast Infection and Learn Its Prevention and Treatment

It can be quite sensitive to discuss a yeast infection because of the fact that you will be discussing a delicate part of human body. But, it is already known that about 75% of all women will experience this condition for once or maybe even twice in their lifetime. Other women are so unfortunate that they will have a recurrent condition and will experience it over and over again. It would be important that you will be equipped with knowledge on its symptoms, treatment options as well as prevention. How to tell if you have a yeast infection? This question can be answered as we discuss the symptoms of this condition.

If you suffer this for the first time, you may be wondering what exactly this infection is. More often than not, it is suggested that you visit your doctor to be sure of the diagnosis before going to purchase over the counter remedies. However, if you are well-equipped with knowledge, you will not need any medical consultation for you to be sure you had this infection.

Let us discuss the symptoms of this infection directly and clear cut. You will be experiencing either or both of itching and burning on your vaginal area inside and out. If you check the area, you will be seeing redness and a discharge that is whitish and clumpy. Some discharges would have foul odor while other discharges will only smell like baked bread. This condition is primarily caused by the fungus or yeast, which grew opportunistic because of some changes in the pH balance and other factors of the vaginal area.

If the color of your discharge is other than white or yellowish, what you have is not this type of infection. You might want to visit your doctor to be sure. But, if you have whitish and clumpy discharge in addition to the itching and burning, you almost definitely have yeast infection.

Let us proceed to some treatment. As soon as the diagnosis has been made, chances are that you will be looking for the fastest cure as possible. A lot of medications can be taken including those that work in a miracle-like manner for 24 hours. Other medications are inserted directly into the vaginal area and some are topical creams.

Some treatments will last for three days and this is recommended by some because it will surely get rid of your condition within this period. It is not a matter of one-time or a trial and error thing. Natural treatments are also available although it is sometimes not advocated because of the lack of published claims that they will work.

For the prevention side of things, you should remember that this infection only occurs when the normal balance of the vaginal area is disrupted. Moisture will promote the growth of these yeasts, which is why you should allow some breathing room in that area. Scented and chemically treated pads should be avoided. Make sure that you wash your vaginal area thoroughly so that the pH will be maintained.

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