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There are many types of vaginitis of which 40 percent are caused by candida a yeast-like fungus. When it multiplies in the vaginal tract the disorder is called vulvovaginitis. Women often refer to it as a "yeast infection." About 75 percent of women get candida vaginitis at some time in their lives.
Signs and Symptoms
What Causes It?
Candida is a yeast-like fungus that grows in the vagina. When there is too much of it it causes infection. The following increase your chance of getting a yeast infection.
What to Expect at Your Provider's Office
Your health care provider will give you a pelvic examination and swab your vagina to check for candida. You probably will also have a Pap smear. Some women have chronic yeast infections. If this happens your provider may want to do additional tests.
Usually topical treatments are started before systemic drugs (for which you take pills). However you can tell your provider which you prefer. When you have an infection avoid overheating sweating and sexual relations until symptoms clear. Use unscented soap take showers instead of baths and use proper hygiene after bowel movements by wiping from front to back. Wearing cotton underwear and avoiding pantyhose and tight-fitting pants can help prevent infection.
Over the Counter
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Alternative therapies may help to treat acute and chronic vaginitis.
Use only one of the following douches at one time. Do not douche during menstrual periods. For first time or acute infection try the vinegar douche or boric acid capsules. For chronic vaginitis use the herbal combination douche. For recurrent vaginitis use the Betadine douche. Stop douching if you are in pain or your symptoms get worse.
Herbs may be used as dried extracts (capsules powders teas) glycerites (glycerine extracts) or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Unless otherwise indicated teas should be made with 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers and 10 to 20 minutes for roots. Drink 2 to 4 cups per day.
Some of the most common rededies for vaginitis are listed below. Usually the right dose is 12X to 30C every one to one to four hours until your symptoms get better.
Acupuncture may be helpful in improving immune function.
To keep infections away use unscented soap take showers instead of baths and cleanse after bowel movements by wiping from front to back.
Yeast infections occur twice as often during pregnancy.
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