Yeast Infection Treatment
The fungus candida albicans exists on the human body naturally, but it is controlled by friendly bacteria that keep this fungus from flourishing. Yeast infections can occur in many areas of the body, including the mouth, throat and skin, but one of the most common is the vaginal yeast infection. If you have a yeast infection, treatment is available at the Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor urgent care center in Los Angeles, CA.
Vaginal Yeast Infection Causes and Symptoms
Most women will experience at least one vaginal yeast infection in their lifetime. Many women have multiple yeast infections, sometimes multiple infections every year. There is always a combination of yeast and bacteria in the vaginal area, but a healthy balance can prevent an overgrowth of candida. Risk factors for yeast infection include a weakened immune system, higher estrogen levels (birth control or HRT), diabetes, pregnancy and antibiotic use. Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection include:
- Itching in the vaginal area
- Burning sensation during urination or sexual intercourse
- Thick, white vaginal discharge
- Swollen, red vulva
- Vaginal rash
- Pain in the vaginal area
Vaginal yeast infections are common and usually caused by an overgrowth of candida, which can be treated with over-the-counter vaginal antifungal medications. However, there are yeast infections that are complex, either frequent or caused by a different type of fungus. These complicated yeast infections may require medical treatment to find the right medication and lifestyle changes to control the overgrowth of yeast.
Oral Yeast Infections
If yeast overgrowth occurs in the oral cavity, it is called oropharyngeal candidiasis, or thrush. This is fairly uncommon among healthy individuals, but those with immune-compromised conditions can be at risk for these infections. Symptoms of thrush include white patches in the mouth, sore throat, painful swallowing, cotton-mouth and cracks at the corners of the mouth. Antifungal medication can be used to control thrush.
If you have symptoms of a yeast infection, treatment is available at Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor. We offer diagnosis and treatment at our urgent care clinic in Los Angeles and through our house call service. Contact our team today to schedule an appointment.