The Major Causes Of Vaginal Candidiasis

Candidiasis, also known as thrush, moniliasis and oidiomycosis, is a yeast infection. Candida albicans is the most common of all the yeast infections, this organism normally makes a quiet home for itself on your skin and doesn't bother anyone. This organism can be found on our skin,  mouth, in our gastrointestinal tract (gut), and in a woman's vagina.

The yeast grows and multiplies uncontrollably at any part of the body causing pain and inflammation. Candidiasis may affect the skin. Candidal infections  which includes the external surface skin and the skin of the vagina, the penis, and the mouth. Candidiasis may also infect the bloodstream or internal organs such as the liver or spleen. By far the most common problems are skin, mouth and vaginal infections. It also is a common cause of diaper rash. These can be bothersome infections, but are not life threatening.

vaginal candidiasis

What is vaginal yeast infection?
This is a common condition among women. The vaginal is madeup of good bacteia (anti-bodies) which helps fight against other bacteria that can cause harm to the vaginal. But when the balance of bacteria and yeast are altered it may result to rapid multiplication of yeast cells causing physical symptoms such as swelling, irritation and itching.
However you can get infected even if you aren't sexually active. Thus, Vaginal yeast infections aren’t considered a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and once you get a yeast infection you are more likely to get another one.

The symptoms of vaginal candidiasis include:
  • Whitish-gray vaginal discharge
  • Itching around the vaginal
  • Swelling
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Rash  
  • Soreness

Although, these symptoms are similar to those of other types of vaginal infections, which are treated with different types of medicines. A healthcare provider can tell you if you have vaginal candidiasis and how to treat it.

Risk factors of vaginal candidiasis
Women who are more likely to get vaginal candidiasis include those who:
  • Are pregnant
  • Use hormonal contraceptives (for example, birth control pills)
  • Have diabetes
  • Have a weakened immune system (for example, due to HIV infection or medicines that weaken the immune system, such as steroids and chemotherapy)
  • Are taking or have recently taken antibiotics

Causes of vaginal candidiasis
Due to an imbalance in your system as a result of various factors, these factors directly affect the condition of these bacteria leading to an overgrowth of yeast, which causes the symptoms of vaginal yeast infections.

 The various causing factors include the following:
  • Use of antibiotics (they decrease the amount of Lactobacillus [“good bacteria”] in the vagina)
  • Pregnancy
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Immunocompromised system
  • Poor eating habits and lifestyle
  • Menstruation period (which can lead to hormonal imbalance)
  • Stress
  • Not having enough rest

Treatment of vaginal candidiasis
Vaginal candidiasis is treated based on the severity of the symptoms, most vaginal candidiasis are treated with antifungal medicine. This antifungal medicine is applied inside the vagina or a single dose of fluconazole is taken by mouth. For more severe or complicated case like when the infections don’t get better, or keep coming back after getting better, other treatments might be needed. These treatments include more doses of fluconazole taken by mouth or other medicines applied inside the vagina such as boric acid, nystatin, or flucytosine.

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