What You Need To Know About Vaginal Mycosis and Its Causes
Are you a woman suffering from pain when urinating or having intercourse? Itchy vagina? Unusual discharges? Then, you may be suffering from a fungi infection called, vaginal mycosis. It is a type of vaginitis or inflammation of the vagina caused by the increase of the fungus called, Candida albicans.
What is seen as a normal occurrence can disrupt the balance, as certain conditions that favor this organism to proliferate are present. Antibiotic therapy used to treat bacterial infections can make the normal balance of organisms inside the vagina to go haywire, decreasing the number of good bacteria. Being pregnant and taking birth control pills which has high doses of estrogen makes one susceptible to yeast infection.
If you are having a lot of vaginal infections it may be a sign that you may be having other health problems. Immunocompromised persons undergoing corticosteroid therapy or those suffering from HIV are likely to have yeast infections. Also, a woman who is diabetic with poorly managed blood sugar is likely to have yeast infection rather than those who have their blood sugar under control.
Vaginal mycosis can be spread by oral-genital contact. Studies have shown that a small percentage of men who have had sexual contact with an infected partner will start to show symptoms such as itching and rash on the penile shaft. However, it isn’t considered to be a sexually transmitted disease due to the fact that even celibate women can get infected. Candida albicans is a natural flora found in the vagina. If there are repeated infections that happen after treatment or a yeast infection that isn’t responding to treatment then it may be an early sign that a person has HIV.
Not to worry though, there are available diagnostic tests and procedures to get results if one is having vaginal mycosis. Physicians usually have their patients undergo a pelvic examination. If the results show positive there will be swelling or inflammation surrounding the skin of the vulva, vagina and cervix. They may as well as find dry, opaque plaques on the vaginal wall. Another test is done by getting a small amount of vaginal discharge and examining it under a microscope, called wet mount or KOH test.
If results are positive and you are suffering from vaginal mycosis don’t fret. There are treatments available to help you combat these infections. Medications that are usually prescribed come in the form of creams or suppositories and also in tablet or pill form. Prescription drugs used to treat vaginal infections are clotrimazole, miconazole, butoconazole and tioconazole. It is advisable to follow directions carefully and it is necessary not to miss any dose since it’s an antibiotic that you are taking.
When the course of treatment is adequate and has been followed there will be overall success. Still as they say prevention is always a lot better than cure. Let me share to you some tips to prevent vaginal mycosis or relapse of it. One, prevent excess moisture in the genital area by wearing underwear or pantyhose that has cotton crotches and loose fitting slacks. Last, refrain from wearing wet bathing suits or exercise outfits for a long period of time and remember always to wash them after use. Good hygiene has been known to prevent a lot of needless headache from illnesses.