Do I Have a Yeast Infection?
Is a yeast Infection causing my vagina To Smell?
The question of “what is a vaginal yeast infection?” can be simply answered. This is actually caused by a fungus and the disease commonly known as candidiasis. The infection affects all women at some time or another, but will usually affect those that are between 30 and 50 years of age. One of the first symptoms you may notice is a bad smelling vagina followed by itchiness in that region. The disease is also commonly occurring among those that are pregnant or have a weak immune system.
What is a vaginal yeast infection and how does it affect women’
A Yeast infection of the vagina will usually affect women at some point in their life. The fungus Candida infection albicans is naturally present in the vagina of the women. Often a yeast infection does not cause pain or discomfort but it could cause a slightly bad vagina smell to make the sufferer notice they have a problem! Alternatively the fungus can multiply and very well cause great discomfort to women, and the resultant smell is a fish like odor coming from your vagina.
At other times during bad yeast infection there is a thick discharge something like liquid cheese which causes your vagina to smell acrid and bad. In extreme cases, this can cause a lot of pain, itchiness and irritation. It can also lead to an increase in the size of the vulva and the vagina. Sometimes the vaginal yeast infection can also spread to your partner and even men can pick up a yeast infection. This can cause a swelling on the head of the penis but is quite rare. You can rest assured though that a vaginal yeast infection is not transmitted sexually to your partner.
What is a vaginal yeast infection and can it be cured
The vaginal yeast infection can be diagnosed by the doctor after they have checked the signs and the symptoms of the problem. The disease can be treated with anti-fungal medicines and effective yeast infection treatments. The course of the treatment usually lasts for 4-5 days. Depending on the severity of the disease, the treatment can be longer. Usually the medication is given orally and intra-vaginally.
Sometimes oral medicines for yeast infection treatment may have some side effects such as nausea, upset stomach, constipation etc. Medication that is given for intra-vaginal use contains clotrimazole, econazole or miconazole. These could cause fewer side effects, but can cause mild stinging and can be awkward for some women to use. The doctor will usually ask the women to restrain from having sex during the period of treatment as this can cause further discomfort.
Girls that are aged between 12-16 years are usually given oral medication. Women that are pregnant or are breast feeding should take the intra-vaginal medication for safety. The oral medication can be passed to the baby when a woman is pregnant or lactating and this can be harmful to the baby.