By Dr. Cynthia Abraham Vaginal infections are common—I see them all the time as an ob-gyn. Unusual discharge and itching can tell you something’s not quite right down there. The good news is that most
Yeast infections (candidiasis) are one of the most common types of vaginal infections. A yeast infection is caused by Candida, a fungus found in the normal vagina. However, when the balance of bacteria and yeast in the vagina is disturbed, the yeast may overgrow and cause symptoms.
What Causes Yeast Overgrowth?
Candida overgrowth can stem from a number of factors. But, if you’re under stress for a prolonged period of time like many of us during the holidays, the body may begin to produce increased levels of cortisol, a hormone that can weaken the immune system, and simultaneously cause elevated levels of blood sugar. And, since yeast feeds off of sugar, candida is able to grow faster than normal. While Mrs. Claus means well, stress gets the best of us and we get carried away baking one batch of cookies too many.
What are the Symptoms of Yeast Infections?
The most common symptoms of a yeast infection are:
Bah humbug! If you have some or all of these symptoms, we encourage you to come see us so we can make an accurate diagnosis and identify the best treatment options for fast relief. While over-the-counter treatments are safe and often effective in treating yeast infections, the concentration of antibiotic may not be sufficient for your level of candida overgrowth.
De-stress and get back to the season of cheer and merriment by making an appointment with Cheyenne Women’s Clinic today!