WHAT IS VAGINAL CANDIDIASIS?
Infection or inflammation of the vagina caused by overgrowth of a yeastlike fungus Candida (Monilia) albicans, involving vagina and adjacent skin.
SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED
All females, especially after puberty.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Severity of the following symptoms may vary between individual women and from time to time in the same woman:
Monilia (or candida) are normally present in a healthy vagina and require a certain pH for normal functioning. If the pH and/ or hormone balance of the vagina and surrounding tissue are disturbed these can multiply and cause infection. Monilial vaginitis tends to appear before menstrual periods and improves as soon as the period begins. Factors that may disturb the pH of vagina include:
HOW TO PREVENT
Secondary bacterial infections of the vagina and other pelvic organs PID.
Usually curable with 2 weeks of treatment, but recurrence is common.
Your doctor may prescribe antifungal drugs, either in oral form or in vaginal creams or suppositories (usually). Keep creams or suppositories in the refrigerator. Ensure proper completion of treatment. These pessaries are to be inserted even during menstruation.
Ask your doctor, about beginning treatment quickly if the infection recurs.
Follow the prescription carefully.
Avoid overexertion, heat and excessive sweating. Delay sexual relations until symptoms cease.
Increase consumption of yogurt, buttermilk or sour cream.
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