Yeast infection, although very common in women, can often be confused with other types of vaginal infections, such as bacterial vaginosis. For this reason, whenever you experience an abnormal discharge and itching, you should see your doctor and have your vaginal secretions analysed to get properly diagnosed. If you decide to self diagnose, you may end up wasting time and money on treatments that are not suitable for your type of infection. The most common signs of vaginal yeast infection are:
It’s important to remember that although you may experience all the above symptoms, it’s very important to get properly diagnosed by a doctor before starting a treatment. Vaginal yeast infection can sometimes be confused with bacterial vaginosis, which usually also presents the following symptoms:
Bacetrial vaginosis requires a different kind of treatment which consists of antibiotic suppositories instead of antifungal ones.
Once you know for sure that you’re suffering from a vaginal yeast infection, your doctor may prescribe antifungal suppositories and creams, such as Monistat. The treatment consists of 7 applicators filled with cream that contains miconazole, a very effective antifungal agent. It should clear your infection within a few days, but make sure you use the full treatment to make sure it doesn’t come back.
If you prefer a natural yeast infection treatment, I recommend boric acid suppositories. Studies show that they are very effective even in persistent cases of vaginal yeast infection. You should insert one suppository every night for 7 consecutive days, and if you are suffering from recurrent yeast infections, after the treatment is finished use one suppository a week for up to 6 months.
Boric acid suppositories are not only very effective, but also safe, very rarely they can give side effects, such as vaginal burning and redness or watery discharge. If you experience any side effects, stop the treatment and discuss other treatment options with your doctor.
Introducing small changes in your every day life will help you reduce the risk of getting a yeast infection again, try the following:
A vaginal yeast infection, although not dangerous for your health, can seriously affect your quality of life and make you feel miserable. The sooner you get rid of it, the better! Start by visiting your doctor and getting the right treatment and you’ll see a significant improvement within 2 or 3 days. Don’t forget to follow my tips for preventing yeast infections to make sure you don’t suffer a recurrence. Good luck!
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My name is Kams and I'm passionate about researching health related topics. I created this website for Candida sufferers looking for reliable information about yeast infection treatments. I hope that through my articles I'll help you make the best decisions regarding your health and get rid of Candida for good.