Why a Yeast Infection Should be Evaluated by your Gynecologist
- Posted on: Nov 15 2017
Yeast infections are common, affecting nearly 75% of adult women in our country at some point during their life. Because the signs and symptoms of a yeast infection are relatively familiar because most women know at least one other woman who has experienced this temporary condition. When we can bounce our symptoms off of a close friend or relative, we may easily discover that there are over-the-counter medications available to quickly treat unpleasant symptoms. But is this the best course of action? Perhaps not.
At Grace Obstetrics and Gynecology, we like to have an accurate idea of what is going on with our patients. Symptoms of vaginal conditions may overlap, which could lead to prolonged discomfort if self-treatment does not adequately address the underlying problem.
Yeast infections may occur for some reasons, including the use of birth control pills or antibiotics. Some women become susceptible to candida overgrowth during pregnancy or due to a compromised immune system. Even menstruation can increase the chances of developing a yeast infection. With the many risk factors associated with this infection, it is important to know the warning signs that it’s time to see your gynecologist in one of our Fort Worth area offices.
Common symptoms of a yeast infection include:
- Thickened, odorless discharge that may appear clumpy or cloudy.
- Pain near the vaginal opening, or in external genitalia.
- Vaginal rash and / or itching.
- Swelling of external genitalia or around the vaginal opening.
Treatment and Prevention
Many vaginal yeast infections can be treated with over-the-counter medication. However, more severe cases may be more appropriately treated with prescription medicine. Your gynecologist may also suggest a few home remedies to improve comfort while the infection is being treated.
The prevalence and risk of yeast infection recurrence make it important to know how to decrease the opportunity for candida overgrowth. Women may want to:
- Forego wearing underwear, or wear breathable fabrics such as cotton that inhibit moisture lock-in around the vaginal opening. Even sleeping without underwear can improve vaginal health.
- Bathe with unscented soap such as baby soap.
- When menstruating, change pads and tampons frequently.
- Wear loser types of clothing whenever possible.
- Remove wet clothing such as bathing suit or gym clothes as soon as possible after swimming or exercise.
Posted in: Gynecology