Did you know 75% of women will get a yeast infection in their lifetime? A yeast infection is actually a fungal infection that causes irritation and discharge in the vagina. Yeast infections are not sexually transmitted. The most common symptom is itchiness of the vaginal area. If this is the first time that you’ve had a yeast infection, it is best to make an appointment with a gynecologist for proper diagnosis. There are medications to treat the infection.
Certain circumstances can lead to an increased risk of yeast infection, such as increased estrogen levels or an impaired immune system. Staying in a wet bathing suit is often the culprit of developing a yeast infection. If you have a yeast infection, avoid hot baths and tight-fitting pantyhose.
Depending on the severity, a yeast infection can clear up in three days or up to two weeks with treatment. Contact Women’s Health in West Bloomfield for an appointment if you suspect you may have a yeast infection.