Vaginal

Yeast Infection

Vaginal yeast infections are common among women, affecting around 75% at some point in their lives. Characterized by the overgrowth of Candida, a type of yeast in the vagina, these infections can result from various factors, including hormonal changes, weakened immune system, antibiotic use, and uncontrolled diabetes. When the balance of the vaginal microbiota is disrupted, it can lead to symptoms such as itching, irritation, and unusual discharge.

Not everyone will have the same yeast infection symptoms, and some people have no symptoms at all.Those who do may experience:

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Vulvar burning or irritation

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Vaginal itching/vaginal burning

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Odor-free thick, white discharge

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Vaginal pain and soreness

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Vulvar redness and swelling

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Watery vaginal discharge

In more severe cases, a person may experience swelling, extensive redness, and itching that leads to skin tears or cracks. These symptoms can cause pain during sex.

Vaginal yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of Candida, which can be influenced by factors such as:

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Hormonal Changes: Fluctuations in hormone levels, especially during pregnancy or the menstrual cycle.

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Antibiotic Use: Disruption of the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina due to antibiotic treatment.

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Weakened Immune System: Conditions like HIV or certain medications that suppress the immune response.

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Uncontrolled Diabetes: Elevated sugar levels can promote yeast overgrowth.

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Sexual Activity: While not a sexually transmitted infection, yeast infections can be more common in women who are sexually active.

Diagnosing a vaginal yeast infection involves a healthcare provider considering the patient's symptoms, medical history, and performing a pelvic examination. In some cases, a sample of the vaginal discharge may be examined under a microscope or sent to a laboratory for further analysis to confirm the presence of Candida.

Treatment for vaginal yeast infections typically includes antifungal medications, available in various forms such as creams, suppositories, or oral tablets. Over-the-counter and prescription options are available, and the choice depends on the severity and recurrence of the infection. Lifestyle modifications, such as avoiding irritants and practicing good genital hygiene, are also important for comprehensive management.

Thankfully, there’s a better way to treat this common condition without messy over-the-counter creams. Prescription antifungal medications can clear up a yeast infection with as little as one pill. Our board-certified online doctors prescribe these and other medications:

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Diflucan (Fluconazole)

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Terconazole

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Clotrimazole

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Nystatin

Medications like fluconazole tablets work by restoring the proper balance of bacteria and yeast that occur naturally in the vagina.

Ongoing management involves maintaining good genital hygiene practices, avoiding harsh soaps or irritants, and practicing safe sex. If yeast infections become recurrent or persistent, healthcare providers may explore underlying conditions that could contribute, such as diabetes, and tailor the management plan accordingly.

Preventing vaginal yeast infections includes adopting healthy habits and minimizing potential risk factors:

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Good Genital Hygiene: Regular cleansing without harsh soaps or douching.

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Cotton Underwear: Wearing breathable cotton underwear.

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Avoiding Irritants: Steer clear of products that may irritate the vaginal area.

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Balanced Diet: Maintaining a balanced diet to support overall health.

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Control of Underlying Conditions: Managing conditions like diabetes effectively.

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FAQ

Yes, you’ll just need to answer a few health questions. Our board-certified doctors can prescribe yeast infection medication during your online doctor visit. You can pick up your yeast infection meds within a few hours from your local pharmacy.

Prescription medications can help get rid of a yeast infection fast. Depending on your situation and health history, our board-certified doctors may recommend a fluconazole prescription or other treatment. Some treatments for vaginal yeast infections can clear up an infection with just one pill.

Candidiasis symptoms can overlap with the symptoms of other conditions, such as bacterial vaginosis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). That’s why it’s important to talk with a doctor about your symptoms.

During your CallonDoc online doctor visit, our physician will ask you questions to help determine if you have a yeast infection and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

Candidiasis infections usually go away on their own, but the symptoms, like itching, burning, and discharge, can be very uncomfortable. And if left untreated, the infection may lead to problems like skin tears or sores

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