A yeast infection commonly occurs amongst women. The vagina contains a natural flora that encompasses a balance of various fungal species, which includes lactobacillus and candida to fight off invaders. However, if these protective barriers are broken, it can lead to an overgrowth of candida that can penetrate into the vaginal mucosa.
With that in mind, various factors can destroy or alter the protective mechanism of the vagina, such as antibiotic usage, birth-control pills, a weak immune system, uncontrolled diabetes, and pregnancy. The symptoms can be annoying and cause constant itching and white ‘cottage cheese’ discharge.
This infection can happen at any time, so it’s important to understand its symptoms and how to manage it.
GuruMD offers urgent care for a yeast infection, allowing you to get a diagnosis and treatment easily.
What Is A Yeast Infection?
A yeast infection or vaginal fungal infection can cause discharge and intense itching and irritation of the vagina. It’s often called Vaginal Candidiasis, and practically every woman has at least two episodes in their lifetime.
Fortunately, this infection is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, but there is an increased risk after regular sexual activity, which is why it's essential to wash and urinate after sex. Fungal medication can remedy this condition, but if there is a recurrent infection like four within a year, then it’s vital to talk to the doctor about more extended treatment plans and other diagnostic tests to find the underlying conditions.
Symptoms of a Yeast Infection
Common symptoms of a yeast infection are:
- Burning sensation
- Redness and swelling of the Vulva
- Vaginal rash
- Itching and irritation
- White cottage cheese discharge
- Watery discharge
How Does GuruMD Treat A Yeast Infection?
At GuruMD, we offer urgent care for patients with a yeast infection. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of yeast infection, all you have to do is create an account to speak with our medical providers. Register online and then visit with a doctor right on the app.
Our board-certified professionals will ask you a couple of questions about your medical history and conduct a physical examination. They can gather information about past infections, sexually transmitted diseases, and medication history. The physician may send the patient to get a pelvic exam and vaginal fluid culture. Once the fungal infection has been diagnosed, the next step is to prescribe the proper treatment.
The physician may prescribe a short course of antifungal medication for 3 to 7 days. The treatment can be in the form of an ointment, cream, suppository, and tablets. The most common medications are Miconazole or Terconazole. The doctor can also prescribe a single dose of oral medications such as fluconazole.
If the symptoms are very severe or do not resolve, here are other medication that the doctor would prescribe:
Long course vaginal therapy
These are medications that the patient would have to take daily for two weeks, followed by once a week for six months.
Multiple doses of oral medication
The doctor might prescribe two or three doses of oral antifungal medication, but it's not recommended for pregnant women.
Azole assistant therapy
The physician might prescribe boric acid, which is a capsule inserted into the vagina. This type of medication is dangerous if taken orally and should only be used to treat Candida fungal infections that are resistant to traditional antifungal medications.
After prescribing the proper treatment, the healthcare provider would need to provide consultation about prevention strategies to avoid recurrent vaginal infection. These strategies would entail avoiding douching, scented feminine products, hot tubs, unnecessary antibiotic usage, tight-fitting pants or undergarments, or staying in wet clothes for an extended period.
The doctor will also educate the patient about the risk factors that can make them vulnerable to yeast infections, such as constant antibiotic usage, estrogen medication, corticosteroids, weak immune system, and poorly controlled diabetes.
To make sure you’re on the right track, we also offer medical diagnosis and treatment for patients with yeast infections. We want to make sure you have a safe recovery process and get all the care you need to overcome your symptoms.
Experiencing a yeast infection? Register for your GuruMD account now to get the treatment you need.