What to Know About Yeast Infections

Yeast infections are very uncomfortable to experience and to talk about, but the fact is, they are a very common infection among women. In fact, nearly three out of every four women will experience this infection at some point in their lives.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah is here to provide you with the necessary information you need on yeast infections, so read on.

  • Here’s what to do: Monitor your symptoms, first. If you experience common symptoms like swelling, itchiness, redness and pain during sex or urination, talk to a doctor.

  • What to do next: Determine if you will use home treatment remedies or doctor-prescribed medication. Yeast infections can be successfully treated at home, so you might want to try some home remedies first.

  • What to do after: If you want to stay natural in your treatment techniques, try tea tree oil. This essential oil is believed to spare good bacteria that help maintain a healthy balance in the vagina’s flora. Research shows that that inserting a suppository with tea tree oil into the vagina may help treat yeast infections.

  • Something else to try: Boric acid. The CDC actually suggests vaginal boric acid capsules for those who deal with recurring yeast infections. However, ask your doctor first before trying boric acid, as it is very toxic when used incorrectly.

  • Another effective treatment: Eat yogurt. Natural, unsweetened, non-flavored yogurt contains probiotics. These contribute to health and help restore the balance of bacteria and yeast in the body.

  • When natural remedies don’t work: Try OTC medications like Monistat or Vagistat. These medications are usually effective for women who have mild infections and don’t get yeast infections often.

  • Doctor’s recommendations: Talk to your doctor if your yeast infection doesn’t improve after using home remedies or OTC medications. Medical experts recommend that pregnant women and those who have been exposed to STIs to not try to treat themselves for yeast infections.

  • Action steps to take: Make a few lifestyle changes. Things like wearing loose-fitting, cotton underwear, using unscented hygiene products and practicing healthy genital hygiene will help prevent future infections.

We hope you stay healthy and well this year! If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact our team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah today.