- Finding a Yeast Infection Treatment
- By:Blake Allen
Before discussing a yeast infection treatment, it is first important to touch on exactly what a yeast infection is, as well as its common symptoms. Men and women of all ages can be afflicted at some point in their lives.
However, the most notorious of all is that of the vaginal area. The infection itself is a direct result of there being too much Candida yeast in the body.
While it is completely normal to find Candida yeast present in the human body, when it is enabled to over multiply, problems can arise. The yeast tends to concentrate itself in the vaginal area, thus the commonness of the vaginal yeast infection.
When the micro-organism does succeed in over multiplying, irritation and discomfort occur. The abundance of yeast inflames the vulva. As a result, it becomes very tender and swollen. The irritation of this area causes a burning and itching sensation that is oftentimes heightened when urinating.
Sufferers will also frequently suffer from an abnormal discharge from the vagina. Normal vaginal discharge should be clear and odorless. However, when infected, the discharge becomes thick and whitish or yellowish in color. It also may have a scent which can actually differ from female to female, though is often referred to as being 'yeasty'.
The most common yeast infection treatment is a topical solution that is applied directly to the vaginal area. There are many creams that can be bought over the counter that may or may not successfully battle the skin irritation caused by the infection.
Similarly, douches can be purchased to 'cleanse' the area, though frequently they merely disrupt the balance of the vagina, sometimes actually causing more irritation. Whether or not they actually work, the important point is that these topical treatments focus on treating just the skin irritation.
Since it has already been discussed that yeast infections happen when there is too much Candida being produced, does it not make more sense to focus on how to limit this production in order to cure them?
For example, certain foods lead to an increase in yeast production. Also, certain personal hygiene habits and clothing increase the presence of yeast by creating an environment in which it more easily multiplies.
This type of yeast infection treatment that works to cure the cause of irritation provide more long term results. Topical treatments will only treat the irritation that has already surfaced. Lifestyle treatments that focus on decreasing yeast production work to stop the irritation before it even occurs.