The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the oils in these creams and suppositories can weaken the latex in condoms and diaphragms. Some health care providers may recommend home remedies for yeast infections. There is some evidence to suggest that Lactobacillus acidophilus a type of bacteria present in yogurt and other probiotics help restore beneficial bacteria.
Over the course of life, 75% of all women are likely to have at least one vaginal Candida infection, and up to 45% have two or more Candida infections. Women tend to be more likely to get vaginal yeast infections if their body is under stress from poor nutrition, lack of sleep, illness or when they are pregnant or taking antibiotics. Women with immunosuppressive diseases such as diabetes and HIV infection are also at increased risk.
Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are more likely to occur during the week preceding a menstrual period. There are other conditions withsimilar symptoms, such as bacterial vaginosis or an asexually transmitted infection STI. The flushing and redness of the vulva may also be caused by a reaction to vaginal products such as soap, bath oils, spermicidal jelly or douches. If you are not familiar with your symptoms, consult your doctor for a specific diagnosis.
If your doctor determines that an infection is present, the treatment can be quite simple. Nystatin is an anti-fungal medicine that comes in many forms, such as a rhombus, a liquid or a capsule. Usually, nystatin is the first line of treatment for oral thrush. If the infection does not respond to the medication, your doctor may prescribe a more potent antifungal, such as fluconazole. In the case of very serious infections, a doctor may use amphotericin B to eliminate the infection.
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