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Yeast Infection

Women's Health Services

OBGYNs located in Arlington, TX

Around 75% of women will experience a vaginal yeast infection at some point during their lives. If you have a burning or itching sensation in your vagina, painful urination, and thick discharge, you may have a yeast infection. Make an appointment with the doctor at Women’s Health Services, in Arlington, Texas, for diagnosis and treatment. Call the practice, or use the online scheduling tool today.

Yeast Infection Q & A

What is a yeast infection?

A yeast infection is a fungal infection caused by an overgrowth of the Candida fungus. Candida is found on everyone’s body, but when the fungi multiply rapidly, it causes vaginal swelling, inflammation, and other symptoms including:

  • Pain and tenderness
  • Burning and itching sensations
  • Painful urination
  • Pain during sex
  • Thick, white discharge
  • Abnormal vaginal odor

Your symptoms may range from mild to severe, and you might not have all of these symptoms during a yeast infection.

If you experience these symptoms, you should see a doctor as they could be caused by another infection like bacterial vaginosis (BV) or an STD.

What causes a yeast infection?

A variety of factors can contribute to the Candida overgrowth that causes a yeast infection. For example, anything that changes the balance of your vagina can trigger growth. This could include:

  • Your hormones
  • Birth control pills
  • Diabetes
  • Antibiotics
  • Weakened immune system
  • Sex

Yeast infections aren’t STDs, but they can transfer between people during sexual contact.

How is a yeast infection diagnosed?

If you think you have a yeast infection, your doctor at Women’s Health Services performs a pelvic exam to check for signs of swelling and irritated tissue. They take a swab from the inside of your vagina and send it to a medical lab where it’s tested to determine if Candida or other bacteria is causing your symptoms.

How is a yeast infection treated?

If you have a yeast infection, your doctor prescribes an antifungal medication. Antifungals are available as pills as well as vaginal suppositories. They may also prescribe a cream to relieve any itching or burning feeling while the medicine takes effect. If another type of infection is causing your symptoms, your doctor provides appropriate treatment.

Can I use an over-the-counter treatment for my yeast infection?

You can, but you should see your doctor first to confirm your diagnosis and ensure the treatment you use is the right way to help your body fight off the infection. Also, prescription medication is stronger and more effective. For example, if you get chronic yeast infections, an over-the-counter treatment might not be the most effective way to heal your body.

If you’re concerned about a yeast infection or are living with any yeast infection symptoms, call Women’s Health Services, or make an appointment online today.