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The Right Way How To Treat A Yeast Infection

By Nancy Frankfutr

Many a woman is plagued by the question of knowing how to treat a yeast infection. Since these infections are fairly common, it is a reasonable one to ask. However, since other infections have about the same symptoms as the said infection, it’s important to recognize exactly what it is you’re supposed to treat first. These infections are more properly called vaginitis when it affects the vaginal area. They are caused by a microscopic organism called Candida albicans and are so common that about 75% of women will have it at least once in their lives. Actually, these yeast colonies occur naturally on the human body but it’s when the acid levels fluctuate (like they do during menstruation or pregnancy) that the yeast can multiply like crazy and wreak havoc on our systems. That’s when a lot of women want to learn yeast infection home remedy treatments to ease the burning and itching sensations.

Unfortunately, it’s not only the infections that cause the burning and itching of vaginitis. In order to properly know how to treat a yeast infection, the other types of infections must be ruled out first. One common infection is bacterial vaginosis, where a spike in bacterial levels cause burning and itching. This can be caused by sexual intercourse, as can another type of vaginitis, trichomoniasis, which is caused by a parasite. Menopause can bring vaginitis symptoms, too, though this time from reduced estrogen levels that causes the vaginal walls to become thin and dry out.

One tell-tale symptom of this infection is a thick, white excretion that has a faint, yeasty smell. But the safest way how to treat a yeast infection is to visit your OB-GYN. Your OB can tell you exactly what’s wrong and the right medications to take. If you self-medicate and take the wrong medications, you can actually make the yeast colonies resistant to the medicines. If your doctor does diagnose you with this infection, you’ll be asked to use a topical fungicidal cream or an antifungal vaginal suppository. If the case is severe, you’ll need to take oral antifungal medications as well.

After going through the prescribed medications, the next step is prevention. While some factors like hormonal changes can’t really be helped, there are others that can increase your risks and send you running to the doctor again to relearn how to treat a yeast infection. Certain medications like antibiotics, steroids, and birth control pills can increase your chances of getting an infection. The same goes for a diet of uncontrolled sweets (remember, sugar causes yeast to multiply) or being affected with diabetes.

Other external factors may leave you prone to these infections, such as frequent bubble baths and overuse of hygiene products like vaginal sprays and deodorants, since their chemical contents disrupt the natural acid balance of the vaginal area. That’s not how to treat a yeast infection! The constant use of damp or tight-fitting clothes like swimsuits or exercise gear, leggings, and tight jeans is another factor that can be looked into as well.

Practice good hygiene to keep these infections away. Hot baths and whirlpools (especially public ones) can build up yeast colonies quickly, as can frequent hot baths at home. You may want to dispose of all your synthetic underwear and use cotton ones instead to allow for air circulation. The most effective way how to treat a yeast infection is not to have one at all.

Nancy Frankfutr discusses yeast infections at her website Learn about yeast infection relief and male yeast infection symptoms.

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