Vaginal Candidiasis

| May 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by any yeasts of the candida species, usually taking one of two main forms—a genital candida infection (yeast infection) or an oral candida infection (thrush). Prolonged infections can have a variety of negative consequences, depending on what type you have, so it’s a good idea to see your doctor as soon as possible. In most cases, infections caused by Candida are not serious and are easy to clear up but some may require serious medication or treatment for larger medical problems. If you do not have a yeast infection but take over-the-counter (OTC) medications for one, then you can cause resistant candida to breed, making you more prone to infection later on. It is best to see your doctor first and allow her to perform a physical examination to determine if the infection is candida or something else.

  • Your doctor will likely begin with a vulvovaginal inspection to examine the area for a whitish discharge and redness around the area (erythema).
  • While a man can technically get a genital yeast infection, they’re extremely rare. You should still begin by seeing your doctor to determine the cause of any genital abnormalities.
  • Submit to any diagnostic testing. After the physical exam, your doctor may want to run a specific diagnostic test to confirm the diagnosis. Common diagnostic tests include slides, cultures, and pH tests.
    • If your doctor prepares a slide, then she’ll look for particular structures of yeast formation under a microscope.
    • A culture of the discharge will isolate it and determine the cause via lab work.
    • A pH test determines if the normal vaginal pH of four has been altered since candida usually results in a lower pH.

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