Learn About Vaginal Yeast Infection: Symptoms & Treatments
Vaginal Yeast Infection
It’s more common than you think. A vaginal yeast infection is an infection caused by excessive growth of a natural yeast-like fungus, called Candida albicans.
If you’ve noticed vaginal irritation, inflammation and unusual discharge, you may have a yeast infection. This occurs when the good bacteria in your vagina cannot keep the fungus under control, or when your immune system is weakened. Just so you know, a vaginal yeast infection is not a sexually transmitted infection.
Talk to a doctor or pharmacist before selecting an over the counter treatment if you:
Are at increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases (e.g. HIV-AIDS),
Have multiple sexual partners
Change partners often
Have heart disease
Have frequent vaginal infections or if your yeast infection returns in less than 2 months
Have never had a yeast infection before
Are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding
Have any of the following symptoms, which may be signs of a serious condition:
abdominal, back or shoulder pain
fever or chills
nausea, diarrhoea or vomiting
vaginal haemorrhaging or foul-smelling vaginal discharge
Stop using your treatment and ask a doctor if:
There is no improvement in three days or if symptoms have not disappeared within seven days
You have abdominal pain, fever or foul-smelling discharge during use of this medication
Skin rash or new irritation occurs
Understanding Vaginal Yeast Infections
We all know it’s uncomfortable, but rest assured — a vaginal yeast infection is usually easily treated. If you are a first-time sufferer or need further help, a pharmacist or doctor can help you decide the best medication option for you.
Vaginal Yeast Infection Treatment
A vaginal yeast infection is treated with medication available over the counter from a pharmacy.
To treat the infection, you can use an internal product that contains the active ingredient clotrimazole or an oral treatment containing fluconazole. These products all treat your infection, but different people prefer different treatment options. External creams will help to soothe your symptoms such as itchiness and burning. You can buy our products separately or you can purchase a combi for both the internal and external treatments.
Remember: Just treating the itchiness with an external cream won’t get rid of your infection, so don’t forget to treat your vaginal yeast infection at the source with oral capsule or vaginal solutions, such as an internal cream or vaginal tablet.
You can buy a Canesten® Combi containing both the internal and external treatments, such as CanesOral® Combi + Extra Strength External Cream or Canesten® Combi 1 Day ComforTAB® + External Cream.
Itching, burning, unusual discharge, redness, swelling and soreness are the six main symptoms of a yeast infection, so you might be right. Take a look at our symptoms page to learn more about these symptoms and others.
If you get a yeast infection once, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get it again. However, to help prevent reoccurrence you may need to make some simple changes to your lifestyle. For example, you should avoid using deodorants and heavily perfumed products around your intimate area and make sure to change your underwear after working out. Click here for more top tips on preventing a vaginal yeast infection.
You can easily and effectively treat a vaginal yeast infection at home with Canesten® treatments, available without a prescription. You can also try a combination treatment to cure the internal infection and relieve the external symptoms.
A VYI is not a sexually transmitted infection; however if you are having sex with the same person (male or female) you can pass it back and forth as men can get a yeast infection too. If your male partner has a yeast infection he should see a doctor for treatment.
Not necessarily. Everyone is different, so it varies from person to person; however, about one in three women who take antibiotics get a VYI. Antibiotics lower the levels of the good bacteria in your vagina which provides an opportunity for the fungus Candida albicans to increase, which can then develop into a vaginal yeast infection.
All of our VYI treatments are equally effective at treating your infection. As some people prefer different types of applications, however, we’ve developed a range of applications ranging from a pill you swallow, to a ComforTab®, to an internal cream so everyone can find a treatment they’re comfortable with. Click here to see our full range of products.
The common vaginal yeast infection is a type of vaginosis — an inflammation of your vagina. Both fungus and bacteria naturally live in your vagina, but when the fungus Candida albicans increases, it can cause an infection. This fungus may increase when your immune system is weak or when good bacteria (called lactobacilli) can’t keep the fungus under control. Learn more here.