Easy Tips to Prevent Yeast Infections and Ease Vaginal Itching

by Garreth Myers

A yeast infection is a form of vaginitis and is characterized by inflammation in the vaginal area. Itching, irritation and discharge may also occur. Yeast infections affect the vagina and the vulva, which are the tissues at the vaginal opening. Vaginal yeast infections are also referred to as candidiasis. This is a common condition and a large number of women are affected by a yeast infection at some point in their lives. Some women also experience recurring yeast infections.

Vaginal yeast infections are not considered to be sexually transmitted diseases. However the fungus that causes the infection can be transmitted through sexual contact. Treatment for yeast infections is effective in most cases. However in cases of recurrent yeast infections such as more than four occurrences in a year, treatment may have to continue for a longer course. A strict self care regimen is also necessary. The symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection may be mild or severe. Some of the common symptoms include pain and soreness in the vagina, a burning sensation during urinating or sexual intercourse, redness, swelling of the vulva, thick vaginal discharge and irritation and itching at the vaginal opening. It is important to consult a doctor if the symptoms do not subside even after using anti-fungal over-the-counter medications. Also, if there are other symptoms involved, a medical examination may be necessary. The candida fungus and bacteria are normally present in the vaginal area. The vagina is able to maintain a balance between the yeast and bacteria. Any disruption in this balance could result in excessive growth of the yeast, thereby resulting in vaginal burning, itching and other symptoms of a yeast infection. This yeast overgrowth can occur due to impairment of the immune system, pregnancy and diabetes, or with antibiotic medications that disrupt the normal balance of bacteria.

Here are some easy tips to prevent yeast infections and ease vaginal itching. Most of these tips involve the use of simple home remedies. Garlic has anti-fungal properties and can be used to treat a yeast infection. Prepare a paste of garlic pods and apply to the skin around the vaginal opening. You can also place some chopped garlic in cheesecloth and insert it into the vagina for twenty minutes. You can also dip a tampon in yogurt and insert into the vagina. Application of honey is another beneficial way to treat a yeast infection. Apply some honey to the itchy areas and let it remain for twenty minutes. Wash with warm water after this.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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