Pantyhose are a breeding ground for yeast. They can trap moisture and allow yeast to multiply quickly. An alternative to pantyhose are thigh high stockings. If good quality stockings are available, they are a very comfortable remedy to the avoidance of yeast infections. Thigh highs can be found in most department stores.
The long term use of birth control pills has been shown to be a cause of yeast infections. You might consider speaking to your health care professional about changing brands of birth control.
The Food and Drug Administration now allows medicines that used to be prescription-only to be sold without a prescription to treat vaginal yeast infections that keep coming back. But before you run out and buy one, if you’ve never been treated for a yeast infection you should see a doctor. Your doctor may advise you to use one of the over-the-counter products or may prescribe a drug called Diflucan (fluconazole). FDA recently approved the drug, a tablet taken by mouth, for clearing up yeast infections with just one dose.
Immune suppression has been linked to the causes of the overgrowth of yeast. Some factors of change such as change in diet or nutritional habits can cause and imbalanc of yeast. Even the use of broad spectrum antibiotics, such as tetracycline or penicillin which can suppress and even kill beneficial bacteria that are vital to the genital tract, can allow the yeast to multiply and go unchecked. There are other underlying factors, such as Diabetes, that are believed to possilbly be the root cause of Yeast Infections.
It is normal to have some fungus, or yeast, on the body. Bacteria usually keep the growth of the yeast in check.However, sometimes the yeast grows (multiplies) quickly and causes an infection. There are several situations in which the yeast may multiply. For example, antibiotic medicine may kill the bacteria that keep yeast levels down. Conditions that cause hormonal changes, such as menopause, pregnancy, or taking birth control pills, may also cause the yeast to grow. Yeast infections are often associated with diabetes, especiallywhen the blood sugar level is too high. Recurring or stubborn cases of vaginal candidiasis may sometimes be an early sign of diabetes. In some cases, yeast infections that don’t go away are an early sign of HIV infection. Drugsthat suppress the body’s defense system (such as drugs used to treat AIDS) also allow the yeast to grow and spread. Candidiasis usually is not spread by sexual intercourse.
The most common treatments for yeast infections are medications inserted directly into the vagina. The medicine may be a cream that you insert with a special applicator or a suppository that you insert and allow to dissolve on its own.
Nonprescription vaginal medications are available for treating a vaginal yeast infection; vaginal boric acid capsules are another option. If you have had a vaginal yeast infection before, are not pregnant, and are certain your present symptoms are the same as during the previous infection, you can self-treat your infection. If you have a yeast infection that keeps returning despite treatment, see your health professional. A recurring yeast infection can be a sign of another health problem.