- by Dr Sumbul Fatima
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- Feb 26 2018
Feeling itchy or have excessive vaginal discharge? You could have a Yeast Infection
Although extremely bothering, yeast infections are quite common, mostly never serious and easy to treat. Yeast is a fungus that is normally found living in the vagina in small numbers.
A bacteria called Lactobacillus acidophilus keeps yeast under check but when something disrupts this balance, the yeast cells grow excessively causing an infection.
What causes a yeast infection?
It is basically caused by excessive growth of yeast cells in the vagina. This could be triggered by certain antibiotics which cause imbalance, high oestrogen levels due to pregnancy of hormone therapy and in some cases due to health conditions like diabetes or HIV infection.
- Sore and itchy vagina
- Sometimes pain or burning while urinating or during sex
- Thick, white vaginal discharge
These symptoms are more common just before your period.
Treating a Vaginal Infection
These infections are usually easy to diagnose yourself wrong so if you are confused just visit your doctor. These infections are quite common during pregnancy and it is important that you do not self-medicate without consulting your Gynaecologist.
It is best to give it some time and see if the infection clears up on its own else you will be prescribed some simple antifungal creams or tablets to help get rid of the symptoms. The infection comes back for many but if it becomes often, consult your doctor to find out if there are any deeper root causes.
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