A vConfidence certified doctor in the Plymouth, MI area can help you find treatment for a yeast infection.

What is a Yeast Infection?

Yeast is a fungus and a yeast infection is a common female condition also known as candidiasis. A healthy vagina has more bacteria than yeast so when there is an imbalance where the yeast grows more in the vagina, a yeast infection occurs. Yeast infections are not grouped as sexually transmitted infections but they can be spread through sexual intercourse from an infected person to the other healthy person.

Symptoms of a Yeast Infection

The most common symptoms of a yeast infections include:

  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Swelling around the vagina
  • Rashes and soreness
  • Itching vaginal walls
  • Vaginal discharge

Causes of a Yeast Infection

There are several factors which lead to vaginal yeast infections:

  • Poor eating habits where there are lots of sugary foods in the diet
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Overuse of antibiotics
  • Weak immune system
  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep

Preventing a Yeast Infection

Vaginal yeast infections can be prevented in several ways: (1) washing undergarments with hot water (2) replacing feminine products frequently (3) wearing underwear garments made of natural fibers like silk, cotton and linen (4) eating a well-balanced diet and also frequently enjoying yogurt.

In addition, you should avoid scented pads or tampons and one should change them frequently, use clean water and unscented soaps when washing the vagina and rinse well with clean water.

After using the toilet it is advisable to wipe from the front to the back to avoid spread of bacteria and yeast from the anus to the urinary tract or vagina. Also, avoid wearing very tight pants and wet bath suits.

Yeast Infection Treatment

Simple yeast infections are easily treated. One can buy some antifungals over the counter, but before buying any medicine, seek medical advice from a doctor. A typical yeast infection is treatable in three days.

Contact a vConfidence certified doctor in Plymouth, MI today for treatment for your yeast infection.

Shelley Schertzer has more than 19 years of experience helping women overcome vaginal health and aesthetic concerns. As a board-certified family nurse practitioner, Dr. Schertzer is uniquely able to choose the right procedure for the right patient for the right reasons. She has trained extensively in aesthetics through the Esthetic Skin Institute (ESI) in injectable treatments.

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