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1. Who can treat vaginal yeast infection?
A mild vaginal yeast infection may go away after a few days without the doctor's treatment. If you are not sure about the symptoms, you may see a doctor or gynaecologist to confirm and for further treatment. If you have the infection during pregnancy, it is better to see your gynaecologist.
2. Are there tests to confirm that the infection is caused by yeast?
Other vaginal infections can also cause similar symptoms as yeast infection. Your doctor will order a urine test to rule out urinary tract infection. A microscopic examination of the vaginal discharge can detect the presence of yeast. The lab technician will observe the presence of the fungus candida in your vaginal discharge under the microscope. Your doctor will also examine your pelvis.
3. What is the specific treatment for vaginal yeast infection?
The specific treatments for vaginal yeast infection are as follows: vaginal suppositories and pessaries containing antifungal medicine to be inserted in the vagina; antifungal creams and ointments to be applied inside the vagina; and antifungal oral tablets, if your infection is not cured with the creams and ointments.
4. Can vaginal yeast infection be cured by using home remedies?
Natural home remedies do not have a scientific basis for curing vaginal yeast infections. Yoghurt is sometimes used to treat vaginal yeast infections. But to prove its effectiveness more research is needed. You may treat the infection yourself by applying over the counter antifungal creams and ointments.
5. Who is at highrisk of getting vaginal yeast infection?
You may be at a higher risk of having a vaginal yeast infection in the following cases: pregnancy; have diabetes; have been on hormones or birth control pills that contain a higher quantity of estrogen; vaginal douching (washing the vagina by spraying water); use of deodorant spray on the vagina; have been on an antibiotic or steroid therapy; and have a weakened immune system.