- Dealing With Chronic Yeast Infections
- By:Blake Allen
The misfortune of being afflicted by a chronic yeast infection is something that will occur to many women during their lifetime.
The symptoms can be very uncomfortable and embarrassing to deal with. Symptoms can include, but are not limited to, a thick and whitish or yellowish discharge from the vagina, as well as an itching or burning sensation in the vaginal area. Unfortunately, this is an experience that will not be limited to a one time occurrence for many women. In fact, many will suffer from recurring infections over and over again.
There are many over the counter remedies that will claim to treat yeast infections. Topical creams will provide temporary relief for the irritated skin.
But it must be applied frequently for relief, and oftentimes will not prevent against recurring yeast infections. Douches claim to cleanse the vaginal area, but often result in only upsetting the balance of the vagina to the point of possibly increasing the level of irritation. Other home remedies can actually be harmful, such as the application of boric acid, which can actually be very dangerous.
In order to fight chronic yeast infections, topical applications are not the answer. Instead, it is necessary to treat the body as a whole. Yeast infections are caused when there is too much Candida yeast present in the body.
Vaginal yeast infections are common because the Candida tends to concentrate itself in this area. While the production of the yeast within the body is completely normal, sometimes it can over multiply. This is when infections begin to occur.
Knowing the cause of the yeast infection itself explains why it is necessary to treat the whole body in order to prevent against recurrent complications.
In order to permanently treat the topical skin irritation, it is first necessary to focus on controlling the production of yeast within the body. Many elements contribute to Candida production. For example, certain foods in our diet tend to increase it. Also, certain clothes or hygiene practices create an environment in which the yeast is more able to thrive.
Learning about these lifestyle and environmental factors is the first step towards the prevention of yeast infections. By learning how to treat the body, it will no longer be necessary to rely on topical creams as the infections occur. Instead the chronic yeast infections can be prevented before it they are even able to cause the notoriously uncomfortable vaginal irritation.