A yeast infection is a very common form of vaginal infection, which occurs just slightly less often than the also-unpleasant bacterial vaginosis. A report published in 2007, found vaginal yeast infections were the result of the fungus Candida Albicans, as well as several other species such as Candida glabrate.
If you are suffering with a yeast infection, then you need to find a way to kill the fungi that is causing the problem. To do that, you can use a number of medications, which are collectively known as azoles. These can be bought over the counter from most drugstores and are very effective when combating C albicans.
Unfortunately, they are not as effective when used to combat other types of bacteria and can have a number of serious side effects.
The good news is that there are other treatments in these cases. And there are also a number of effective home remedies you can use to help treat the condition or to manage the symptoms. Just be careful as some of these treatments are old wives’ tales that don’t work and in some cases they can even be dangerous!
The problem is that you need to be able to identify your condition as being a yeast infection before you know to go ahead and start trying to treat it. In this post, we will take a look at some of the most common symptoms to help you identify and treat the problem.
1. Painful Sex
During a vaginal infection of any kind, the tissue surrounding the vagina will become inflamed and sore. This can cause a range of different issues and also means that the area is likely to be dry and not to self-lubricate as effectively. These effects combined mean that sex can become quite painful. This is not only unpleasant in itself but it can also unfortunately be a strain on a relationship as it makes it harder for you and your partner to be intimate together.
Note that there are a range of other potential causes for painful sex. These include tightness, dryness caused by other things such as menopause and UTIs. For that reason, you should always look for clusters of symptoms appearing together, rather than looking at just one.
You should never ignore this symptom however, as sexual health is often an indicator of general health. Speak with your physician if you have pain during sex and they can point to the problem for you.