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What are yeast infections and how can they be treated?

itching female genitalia and discomfort A common condition that often affects all women at some point in their life is that of a yeast infection. A yeast infection is a type of fungus that can develop anywhere on the body, but tends to become a problem for women in the genital area. This is because the genital area can harbor moisture and helps fungus thrive. When women suspect a yeast infection, or are dealing with chronic yeast infections, they will want to schedule an appointment with their doctor at Northwest Women’s Center in Houston, TX.

What is yeast?

Yeast infections are caused by the development of a fungus, typically found in moist or wet environments. A yeast infection in the male groin is known as jock itch, while yeast on the feet and toes is referred to as athlete’s foot. These are all the same type of yeast, just located on various parts of the body. For most women, the vagina maintains a certain level of acidity that can keep yeast from growing, but when conditions are right, it cannot control the yeast levels and they may continue to rise. Yeast will grow and women may experience a variety of problems including:

  • Itching and irritation in the vaginal area
  • Redness and swelling of the vaginal tissues and vulva
  • Vaginal rash
  • Pain and soreness
  • Burning while urinating or during intercourse
  • White, thick discharge or watery discharge

Women who are experiencing these symptoms will want to visit Northwest Women’s Center for an evaluation. During this time, the doctor can determine if a yeast infection is present. While there are some over-the-counter yeast infection medications, stronger prescription medications may be necessary for some. Additionally, prescription products often work faster and provide relief sooner than over-the-counter products. With proper treatment, women can return to their normal lifestyle and find relief from this uncomfortable condition.

Do you believe you may be dealing with a yeast infection?

With a proper diagnosis and evaluation with the team at Northwest Women’s Center, Houston, TX area patients can obtain the care they need. Contact the office today by calling (281) 444-3440 and visiting the practice at 13215 Dotson Road, Suite #200.

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