Yeast infections in the vagina occurs when there is an overgrowth of fungus; Candida in the vaginal flora, causing an imbalance of Candida and Lactobacillus bacteria. Yeast infection symptoms may manifest themselves in the form of a burning or itching sensation in the vagina.
You may also experience a watery vaginal discharge. Yeast infections are common. Studies estimate that 75 percent of women get these infections at least once in their lifetime.
If you get a recurrent yeast infection, the Health Advisory Clinic recommends that you talk to your doctor and most importantly, start your yeast infection treatment. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a yeast infection can help you get effective treatment to manage your condition.
How soon would you Get Yeast Infection Symptoms?
The duration when your yeast infection symptoms may take to appear usually depends on what caused the overgrowth of Candida fungus in your vagina. The overgrowth may be due to an existing medical condition like diabetes or HIV.
It may also be due to hormonal imbalance during pregnancy, menopause, or menstrual cycles. Some people also experience this imbalance due to lifestyle activities like poor eating habits, douching, extended use of antibiotics and use of hormonal birth control pills, etc.
Depending on these causes, you may get your yeast infection symptoms within 1-3 days. If it is a recurrent yeast infection, the symptoms may advance quickly, making you notice them earlier.
Here’s a rundown of other telltale signs of a yeast infection that may warrant yeast infection treatment;
- Redness that may come with swelling of the vulva
- Vaginal rash
- Thick, cottage cheese-like odorless vaginal discharge
- Vaginal pain that may come with soreness
How can you effectively get rid of a Yeast Infection?
A large fraction of the yeast infections are usually not severe and can go away on their own. However, if the symptoms are severe, there is a large selection of remedies that can effectively manage your condition.
Some of the possible treatments that can help manage the infection include;
- Fluconazole doses
- Use of OTC vaginal suppositories, ointment, cream, or tablets as prescribed by your clinician
You should see your doctor for yeast infection treatment if;
- You develop other worrisome symptoms
- It is the first time you’re getting a yeast infection
- Your symptoms are not improving even after using OTC vaginal suppositories, tablets, ointment, or cream
- You’re not sure if that’s a yeast infection
Is it Okay to Tough Out your Yeast Infection?
It isn’t really a wise idea to leave your yeast infection untreated. If you’re getting a recurrent infection or the symptoms aren’t getting better with the OTC medications, your best bet would be to schedule an exam and most probably start your yeast infection treatment.
Here are a few things that may happen if you leave your yeast infection untreated;
It may affect your pregnancy
If you’re getting the yeast infection symptoms at a time when trying to get pregnant, it would be better if you have it treated. Active yeast infections are believed to prevent or delay pregnancies. To some extent, this is believed to happen since an active yeast infection will also cause an imbalance of vaginal secretions pH. This would, in turn, create an unfavorable environment for the sperms.
You may get bacterial infections
The itching and burning sensation would always give you a strong urge to scratch the vagina. The scratching may leave open raw wounds that would predispose you to other bacterial infections that may be complicated to treat or live with. You may also get unsightly inflammation in the vagina.
You may suffer a miscarriage, premature delivery or pass it to your baby
According to a recent study, if you’re pregnant, an active yeast infection may increase your risk of miscarriage or premature delivery. If you leave an active yeast infection, too, you may as well pass it to your infant’s mouth during vaginal delivery. Therefore, the baby would develop a condition known as ‘thrush’ which is a yeast infection of the mouth.
You may also suffer an Invasive Candidiasis
Now, invasive candidiasis is when the yeast infection spreads to other parts of the body. Some of the parts of your body that may be affected by an untreated yeast infection include;
- The heart
- Blood and
- The bones
Invasive candidiasis may also lead to a Candida sepsis condition whereby the Candida may affect other body organs via blood. Yeast infections are also believed to cause infections of organs like the lungs and heart.
Yeast infections that are spread throughout the blood are also known to cause esophageal candidiasis. Some of the effects of esophageal candidiasis include complications during eating and swallowing, which may end up causing malnutrition.
You can prevent yeast infections by keeping your blood sugar level in control if you live with diabetes. You can also minimize the risk of getting a yeast infection by avoiding sex if your partner has an active yeast infection. Eating probiotics may also help balance your vaginal flora to prevent yeast infection.
Does you or your loved one struggle with recurrent or a persistent yeast infection and would wish to learn more about the condition or begin yeast infection treatment? Leave us a message below to schedule an appointment.