Vaginal Yeast Infection: Treatment & prevention by Dr Astha Dayal (Gynaecologist) | 1mg

A very common problem people face is vaginal itching and white discharge. This is usually because of a Yeast Infection or a Candida infection. Now the problem with a Yeast Infection is that it is recurrent. It happens again and again. Once treated, it’s possible that it can happen again. It takes a long time to totally go from your body. It requires a long treatment. Now, usually, what are the reasons for yeast infections? Moisture, or High Sugar Intake, or If you have done an Antibiotic course then you are more prone to yeast infection. If you have a family history of diabetes, or if you have PCOD then also you are more prone getting recurrent fungal infections. Usually the treatment for this is that, we prescribe antifungal ointments and tablets. Home based treatments, like using coconut oil to get relief from itching, or other home based remedies can be used. But It is sometimes not very effective. You can definitely prevent this by simple measures of keeping the area dry. Always cleaning from front to back. Whenever you wash yourself, you should dab yourself dry. Do not wear synthetic undergarments or tight jeans and all, in summers. If the weather is sweaty then you should change your underclothes twice, dry it before and… Basically wear airy clothes. Also If you have done an antibiotic course then you can tell your doctor that you have a recurring fungal infection so they can add an anti fungal. Another thing is, If you decrease the amount of sweets and sugar consumed then the frequency of infections will decrease. Now is this infection contagious. Can you spread it to your partner? This is actually not a sexually transmitted. It can happen to unmarried girls as well. But if someone has an infection and you are having protected or unprotected intercourse then you can transmit it to your partner and the partner may also have the same symptoms of itching or redness or discharge.

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