Vaginal yeast infections are common. Yeast naturally inhabits the vagina
in small numbers. However when something disturbs the balance of bacteria
in the vagina, yeast may overgrow leading to symptoms of thick white discharge
and prominent itching. Antibiotics are a classical provocative factor.
So are pregnancy and birth control pills. Some women such as those with
diabetes or immune system deficiencies are predisposed to yeast infections.
Unfortunately, a predisposition or inciting factor is unknown in many cases.
The species of yeast most commonly involved is called Candida. The most
common strain, Candida albicans, usually responds to over-the-counter
anti-fungals such as Monistat and Gyne Lotramin or their more affordable
generic equivalents. Other strains are more resistant and may require
prescription strength medication.
Should a woman suffer multiple times a year with Candida Vaginitis then
a recent study demonstrated an anti-fungal regiment may suppress these
frequent, bothersome recurrences. It utilizes a tapered schedule of the
prescription drug Diflucan. This regimen resulted in 77% of patients relapse
free at the end of one year.
Keep in mind that not all itching is due to yeast but may be dermatitis
or another ailment. You can prevent
yeast infections by making sure that your genital area stays as dry as possible and can
“breathe.” For example wear cotton, not nylon, underwear,
and avoid tight-fitting pants and panty hose. Change out of a wet swimsuit
right away. Nevertheless if you’re plagued with frequent yeast infections
schedule an appointment with us.