Yeast Infection Diagnosis & Treatment in South Miami FL
The majority, approximately 75% of women will suffer from at least one yeast infection in their lifetime. Yeast typically lives in the vagina in small numbers, but when too many yeast cells grow in the vagina, it may cause an infection that produces similar symptoms to vaginal infections or sexually transmitted infections. Treatment for yeast infections are relatively simple, but it is important to visit a doctor if symptoms of a yeast infection are being experienced.
Causes of Yeast Infections
Yeast infections are caused by the a growth of too many yeast cells inside the vagina. These microscopic fungi are called Candida. There are a few factros that can cause this excessive growth of vaginal yeast, including:
- Being overweight
- The use of corticosteroids
- An impaired immune system
- Having diabetes
- Having high estrogen levels
- Using certain antibiotics
Symptoms of Yeast Infections
Extreme itchiness in or around the vagina is the most common symptom of a vaginal yeast infection. Other symptoms may include:
- Vaginal discharge
- Burning and swelling of the vagina
- Pain during urination and/or sex
A woman is more likely to experience these symptoms a week before their menstrual period. Since these symptoms can also be an indication of a sexually transmitted infection, it is advised that women see a doctor.
Treatment for Yeast Infections
The most common treatment for a yeast infection is an antifungal medicine. These antifungal medicines can be purchased at drug stores without a prescription. The antifungal medicine comes in the form of creams, tablets, or suppositories that are inserted into the vagina. For the best treatment option, contact a doctor for more information.
Preventing Yeast Infections
There are a few steps that can be taken to prevent yeast infections:
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Controlling diabetes
- Avoiding unnecessary antibiotics
- Avoid scented feminine products
- Avoid douching, this can remove some of the normal bacteria that can prevent infections
- After using the bathroom, always wipe from front to back
For more information on treating yeast infections or if you would like to schedule a consultation or appointment with South Florida Women’s Care, at (305) 661-7766. You can also request an appointment online through our secure form.