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Yeast infection or genital candidiasis is defined as the symptomatic overgrowth of yeast on the vaginal mucosa.
The cause of yeast infection is Candida albicans and is usually not acquired sexually. Instead, the yeast is normally present on the skin but has overgrown in numbers due to a number of predisposing factors, leading to the resulting signs and symptoms of a yeast infection.
The risk factors associated with a yeast infection include:
- Broad-spectrum antibiotics
- Oral contraceptives
- Constrictive undergarments
- Suppressed immunity by medications or HIV infection
The signs and symptoms associated with genital candidiasis or yeast infections are:
- Severe vulval irritation − the vulva may be inflamed, and even result in excoriations and/or fissures
- Scanty vaginal discharge
- Vaginal wall is usually covered with white, cheesy, adherent yeast
The diagnostic tools used to diagnose yeast infections are:
- Gynecological examination
- Microscopic examination of the vaginal smear
From a Naturopathic standpoint, Dr. Moira Kwok ND will obtain a very thorough medical history in order to put all of your "puzzle pieces" together to form a whole picture of everything that is going on from a health perspective. From this holistic approach to treatment, she will put together an individualized treatment plan based on a combination of dietary and lifestyle recommendations, supplements, botanicals, acupuncture and/or IV therapy that is based on your specific case.
- Beers MH & Berkow R (Editors). 1999. The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (17th Ed.). Merck Research Laboratories: Whitehouse Station, NJ.