The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. They will give you a physical exam and listen for trouble breathing.
They will also take a sample of your throat and send it to a lab to be tested for an infection. If the lab test finds a fungus, the doctor will prescribe an antifungal medicine, such as fluconazole (Diflucan).
Most people with a yeast infection have a positive response to treatment with antifungal medications. If the yeast infection is severe or if the infection doesn’t respond to the treatment, you may need more aggressive treatment. But if you do get better on treatment, the symptoms usually go away within one to two weeks.
If the infection doesn’t go away or is not treated, it can lead to other infections. This is more likely if you have been exposed to the fungus in the past.
How to prevent a yeast infection?
The best way to prevent a yeast infection is not to have sex for at least three weeks before you have sex. The same goes for any type of sex that may increase the risk of getting a yeast infection.
If you have sex, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after sex.
If you do get a yeast infection, you can use the prevention tips given above to help make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Other ways to prevent yeast infection include:
- Always use condoms.
- If you’re sexually active, get screened for STIs every year.
- If you’re sexually active, get tested for a yeast infection every year.
If you have a yeast infection, see your doctor to get treated.
When to call the doctor?
If you have a yeast infection, you should see your doctor right away. It can be a sign of a more serious infection.
If the doctor suspects you have a bacterial or fungal infection, they may take a sample of fluid from your vagina or throat for testing.
The doctor will discuss the results with you. If the test shows that you have a yeast infection, they may prescribe a medicine to help ease the symptoms.
In some cases, doctors may recommend antifungal medicines. They may also prescribe antibiotics if the infection is a result of a bacterial infection.
In some cases, fungal infections can be severe. If you have a severe infection, or if the infection doesn’t start to respond to treatment, you may need urgent medical care.
What is the long-term outlook?
Having a yeast infection doesn’t usually cause serious health problems. But a yeast infection can be a sign of a more serious infection. If you get a yeast infection, you should see your doctor. They can help you figure out what’s causing the infection and how to prevent it from happening again.
If the infection is not treated, you can get other infections.
What to think about?
There are several different types of yeast infections. They often occur together and often respond to the same treatment.
If you think you have a yeast infection, it’s best to see your doctor. They can help you figure out what’s causing the infection and how to prevent it from recurring.
Once you know what’s causing the yeast infection, you can take steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
If you’re interested in trying an alternative treatment for a yeast infection, talk to your doctor about it. They can help you figure out the best treatment for you.
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If You Have Vaginal Yeast Infections, Here’s How to Tell if You’re In Pain…and How to Get Relief
Vaginal yeast infections can feel like a burning or stinging sensation in your vagina and vulva. They can also feel like a wet, warm, or burning sensation in your vagina.
You probably know all about vaginal yeast infections, but what you might not know is how to tell if you’re in pain. And, even if you’re not experiencing intense pain, you might still want to take steps to get relief.
Here are four ways to tell if you’re in pain, along with some tips for getting relief.
1. You’re in pain
Pain, especially intense pain, is an obvious sign that something is wrong.
You might also feel pain around your genitals or vulva, but it might not be as intense as the pain you feel in your vagina.
2. You feel itchy
If you’re in pain, it’s likely because you’re itching.
If you’re itching inside your vagina, it’s likely that you’re experiencing a yeast infection.
If you’re itching outside of your vagina, it could be something else. You might be experiencing another type of infection, such as a bacterial infection or a fungal infection.
3. You can’t stop peeing
The burning or stinging sensation you feel can be a symptom of a yeast infection.
You might also experience a burning or stinging sensation if you have an infection called trichomoniasis.
Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI).
4. You have discharge
Sometimes, you can’t tell if you’re in pain because you don’t have any discharge.
If you don’t have any discharge, you likely have a vaginal yeast infection.
If you do have discharge, you might be experiencing a bacterial infection.
In both cases, you can take steps to relieve the pain. For example, you can use a warm washcloth to apply pressure to the affected area.
You can also take a warm bath or shower to ease the discomfort.
How to relieve the pain?
You might have a lot of discomfort, and you might think it’s impossible to make it any worse. That’s totally normal.
But you can take steps to relieve the pain.
1. Apply a warm washcloth to the affected area.
2. Focus on the front area of your vulva, like the top of your vulva.
3. Gently apply pressure to the affected area.
4. Take a hot bath or shower.
5. Repeat as needed.
What to avoid?
You might be tempted to use a hot water bottle or heating pad to ease the pain.
But if you do, be sure to only use them for a small amount of time. Use them only once or twice a day.
Other things that could make the pain worse include:
- Vaginal creams or ointments
Remember, you might not always have pain. Just because you’re in pain doesn’t mean you have an infection.
The only way to know for sure is to see your doctor. They’ll be able to tell you for sure if you have an infection.
The bottom line
A yeast infection can be a very unpleasant and uncomfortable way to start your period. In some cases, it can also lead to more serious infections.
If you’re experiencing pain, you should see your doctor. They can help you figure out what’s causing the pain and how to treat it.
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