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How to Identify the 5 Main Symptoms of Vaginal Yeast Infections

Updated on March 5, 2010
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There's nothing more frustrating than an aggravating yeast infection that rears its painful head yet again and again.  We spend millions every year on various prescriptions and over the counter products that promise to improve and eliminate our symptoms making our yeast infection a thing of the past. It never stops because we aren't really curing the problem, just masking the symptoms for awhile. Candida usually infects the mouth and vagina; generally, a more serious infection will occur shortly after obtaining candidiasis.

Yeast infections are one of the most common female vaginal infections. This fungus, Candida is commonly found in the vagina and can sometimes get out of control and transgresses into an overgrown infection. It affects almost 90 percent of women and often presents no symptoms and can go undetected.

When symptoms are presented, they can range from mild to chronic. Typical symptoms include:

Discharge is probably one of the very first signs you'll notice; it's often a white clumpy mess often said to look like cottage cheese. This is one of the tell tale signs.

But since not all women experience the same signs and symptoms the easiest way to tell you have an infection is if there is a combination of discharge with itching in and around the vagina. The itching becomes aggravating and the more you scratch the more irritated it can become

There are times when women will not experience any signs of an infection and if left untreated the yeast infection can cause vaginal irritations, pain during intercourse and burning when urinating.

Ironically, prescription antibiotics often used to treat Yeast infections can actually disrupt the natural vaginal yeast balance and leave the vagina prone to a yeast infection. It is obviously more sensible to opt for natural or homeopathic remedies when treating either condition or work towards restoring the natural balances instead of disturbing one in order to 'fix' the other.

There is no proven measure to prevent exposure to candida as of yet. There are anti-yeast diets recommend by some nutritionist and embraced by the holistic medicine community but these are not entirely done to eliminate yeast in the body, but to halt its production.

There are many all natural treatments to eliminate yeast infections as well as many ways to prevent the infection however we live in a toxic society and this makes it difficult to eradicate.

Strengthening the immune system is the best way to prevent worsening the effect of yeast infections in the body.

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