Overgrowth of fungi in your vagina can lead to vaginal yeast infection.
Fungi growth inflames your vagina and produces discharge, irritation, itching and odor [Abnormal vaginal discharge].
If there are any disturbances that occur in microorganisms, then it can lead to overgrowth of fungi.
Vaginal yeast infection is a common condition and 75% of all women experience yeast infection at some point in their lives. The disturbances in natural balance of microorganisms are due to the following conditions:
- Antibiotic usage
- Weak immune system
- Usage of birth control pills
- Usage of hormonal therapy
- Hormonal changes
Preventing vaginal yeast infection:
You can prevent the occurrence of vaginal yeast infection by avoiding tight, damp clothing, following precautionary measurements while following a course of antibiotics and hygiene products which cause irritation.
Vaginal yeast infection cause unpleasant itching, but you won’t experience any pain at that area. In cases, if you experience pain, immediately you should consult your health care provider.
Self care at home by using yogurt helps in preventing vaginal yeast infection. There are other treatments by using medications. Antifungal drugs help in preventing the vaginal yeast infection.
Treating vaginal yeast infection with medications:
Oral agents like ketoconazole, fluconazole and itraconazole and vaginal agents like butoconazole, miconazole, teroconazole, nystatin, clotrimazole and ticonazole help in treating your condition. These drugs reduce the ability of fungi to develop and produce new cell membranes.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients contained in these products, then you are not allowed to take them. The dosage of these drugs depends on how severe your condition is.
Alternative methods in treating vaginal yeast infection:
In some mild cases, the condition can be treated with over-the-counter medications. Women who are pregnant and have weak immune system should consult the doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications.
Another remedy suggested by western herbalist is to take barberry. Also, you can add a few drops tea tree essential oil in your bath water.
Sometimes, you can experience itching and burning due to these vaginally applied treatments. So, it is better to consult your doctor as soon as possible, in order to know about your condition.