Las Vegas Family Medicine
Family Medicine located in Las Vegas, NV
A vaginal yeast infection affects up to 3 out of 4 women at some point during their lives according to the Mayo Clinic. At Las Vegas Family Medicine in Las Vegas, physician Rulon Owen, DO, has extensive knowledge and experience treating a range of women’s health concerns, including vaginal yeast infections. Find relief and restore optimal vaginal and reproductive health with the help of a highly qualified physician and women’s health specialist. Call Las Vegas Family Medicine or schedule online today.
Yeast Infection Q & A
What is a yeast infection?
A yeast infection (vaginal candidiasis) refers to a fungal infection of the vagina that causes intense itchiness, irritation, and discharge of the vagina and the vulva. The vulva are the tissues at the vaginal opening.
What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
The symptoms of a yeast infection vary from mild to moderate and can include:
- Irritation and itching in the vulva and vagina
- A burning sensation, particularly during intercourse or while urinating
- Swelling and redness of the vulva
- Vaginal soreness and pain
- Vaginal rash
- White, thick, odor-free vaginal discharge
- Watery vaginal discharge
If you have uncomfortable symptoms and concerns about your vaginal health, you should visit Las Vegas Family Medicine for an evaluation.
What causes a yeast infection?
Candida albicans (a type of fungus) causes most vaginal yeast infections. Your vagina contains a natural and balanced mix of yeast, including bacteria and candida. Certain bacteria, such as lactobacillus, help to prevent yeast overgrowth, but this balance can be disrupted and an overgrowth of candida or penetration of candida fungus into the deeper vaginal cell layers can cause the symptoms and signs of a yeast infection.
Certain factors can play a role in yeast overgrowth, such as:
- Antibiotic use (this can cause an imbalance of the natural vaginal flora)
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- A weakened immune system
Taking hormone therapy or oral contraceptives that increase estrogen levels also can increase your risk of yeast overgrowth.
What are the treatments for a yeast infection?
To diagnose your yeast infection, Dr. Owen usually asks questions about your medical history and performs a pelvic exam to check for signs of an infection. He might send a sample of vaginal fluid for testing to determine the type of fungus that’s causing the yeast infection.
The right treatment for your yeast infection depends on the frequency and severity of your symptoms. Dr. Owen might suggest certain medications, such as antifungal medications (usually available as ointments, creams, tablets, and suppositories), lifestyle changes, and other helpful treatment methods.
What are the most common women’s health problems?
Las Vegas Family Medicine treats several women’s health concerns.
Some of the most common health problems experienced by women include:
- Interstitial cystitis
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Primary ovarian insufficiency
- Menopause symptoms
- Osteoporosis and bone conditions
- Menstrual irregularities
Women might also experience bladder problems and issues with the urinary system. Call Las Vegas Family Medicine or book online for friendly and individualized women’s health care.