Vaginal yeast infections are common. Yeast naturally inhabits the vagina in small numbers. However when something disturbs the balance of bacteria in the vagina, yeast may overgrow leading to symptoms of thick white discharge and prominent itching. Antibiotics are a classical provocative factor. So are pregnancy and birth control pills. Some women such as those with diabetes or immune system deficiencies are predisposed to yeast infections. Unfortunately, a predisposition or inciting factor is unknown in many cases.
The species of yeast most commonly involved is called Candida. The most common strain, Candida albicans, usually responds to over-the-counter anti-fungals such as Monistat and Gyne Lotramin or their more affordable generic equivalents. Other strains are more resistant and may require prescription strength medication.
Should a woman suffer multiple times a year with Candida Vaginitis then a recent study demonstrated an anti-fungal regiment may suppress these frequent, bothersome recurrences. It utilizes a tapered schedule of the prescription drug Diflucan. This regimen resulted in 77% of patients relapse free at the end of one year.
Keep in mind that not all itching is due to yeast but may be dermatitis or another ailment. You can prevent yeast infections by making sure that your genital area stays as dry as possible and can “breathe.” For example wear cotton, not nylon, underwear, and avoid tight-fitting pants and panty hose. Change out of a wet swimsuit right away. Nevertheless if you’re plagued with frequent yeast infections schedule an appointment with us.
Wishing you good health!
Women’s Health Specialists
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Fremont, CA 94538
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