According to Center for Young Women’s Health (2013). “About 75% of women get at least one yeast infection during their lifetime. Some women have many yeast infections. Women of all ages can get yeast infections.” Vaginal yeast infections, also known as candidiasis, are a common female condition. Yeast infections are caused by the fungus candida. This fungus is associated with intense itching, swelling, and irritation (Healthline Networks Inc.).
This condition does not pose a severe health problem but the infection itself is unpleasant, so it is important to seek your gynecologic advice as soon as possible. Getting the right treatment right away will give you comfort and convenience as this may bring severe symptoms like itchiness, swelling, vaginal discharge and burning sensation that can cause to uneasiness. Treatment for yeast infection vary depending on its severity and usually there are 2 types of treatment: Medical and Natural method.
When I was still in college, I also experience having this kind of condition. It was really a painful experience for me since I really had difficulty in urinating and there was foul odor discharge coming out every now and then. Since I was a business major student, I have no idea what this condition was all about. I immediately called to set an appointment to my Gynecologist. She performed a diagnostic and culture examination, after which, the examination resulted to candidiasis. She prescribed me an antibiotic to treat the infection and advice some steps to prevent the recurrence. I was told that if I was pregnant I would need to pump some milk before I started taking the antibiotics.
Yeast infection usually reoccur if it is managed properly, so it is important to take note of the necessary things to do to avoid regrowth of bacteria in the vaginal area like: avoid wearing tight pants, pantyhose, tights, or leggings; avoid using feminine deodorant or deodorant tampons/pads; eat a well-balanced diet;; wear natural fibers such as cotton, linen, or silk; wash underwear in hot water; change feminine products frequently (Healthline). With this in mind and put practice, there would be a great possibility that recurrence will not happen again.
After my antibiotic treatment I feel well and I really followed the advice of my doctor. I also shared it with my family and friends so that they will be able take good care of their health. Taking good care of my health had been my priority since that experience. I watch my diet properly and make sure that I practiced good sanitary hygiene. Right there and then, I change all my underwear with cotton material and disposed all my leggings. After totally transforming my health habit, I also made sure that I will do the same with my cats. I bought them hygienic stuff that they can use to prevent any growth of infection in their body.
Lee Barbieri is a widow of a veteran & business owner. She started her own knitting shop in New Jersey and moved down with her kids to Florida in 1979. Now that the kids are all out of the house, she enjoys writing about current events and issues. She always enjoys sharing recipes and experiences.