Have you, like millions of other women, been guilty of diagnosing a vaginal problem as a yeast infection and then treating it yourself? A large percentage of women who chose to self-diagnose and self-treat are correct and their vaginal Candidiasis clears up. Thinking you can successfully self-diagnose and self-medicate a vaginal infection is a false belief that can have potentially dangerous results. It is easy to make the wrong diagnosis, and that is due to a range of factors that are probably unknown to the person. Remember what they say about lawyers? “If you act as your own lawyer, you have a fool for a client.” This also pertains to people who act as their own doctors. The symptoms of a yeast infection are similar to the symptoms of other medical conditions. They’re all kind of vague and nonspecific. Visit your local clinic or your health care provider. This is the smart thing to do in order to know for sure what your
infection is and how to treat it.
Most people realize that there are several causes for a yeast infection that will determine their correct treatment. Another consideration is the fact that some of the more common drugs no longer work because the yeast fungi have developed a resistance to these medications. OTC creams and suppositories are used successfully by women to treat their vaginal yeast infections. Diflucan is one of the brand names of a triazole-based azole antifungal compound called fluconazole. In some instances, this medication can clear up a yeast infection after just one pill. The one-time pill is not for all conditions, but is used mostly with vaginal infections. Fluconazole, under its various brand names, almost always requires a prescription from your doctor. If you want some statistics that will open your eyes, one study reported that 66% of the women in the study that diagnosed their infection as a yeast infection were wrong. They didn’t have a yeast infection. There are other conditions that produce similar symptoms, and even secondary conditions, such as vaginosis or vulvitis. Bacterial vaginosis is a serious condition caused by more than one type of bacteria. Trichomonas vaginalis is a parasitic microorganism that causes trichomoniasis. This infection is considered a sexually transmitted infection. The symptoms are similar to those of a yeast infection. Protozoa are one-celled organism that usually range in size from 10 to 52 micrometers and can usually be seen under a microscope. Treating a sexually transmitted infection that is not caused by Candida albicans with yeast infection remedies will not cure your infection.
Boric acid capsules have been used many years as a natural home-remedy for a vaginal yeast infection. Apparently this may be suggested for those whose vaginal infection did not respond to the typical antifungal medications. One caveat, though. If you are pregnant, don’t use boric acid capsules. Actually, don’t even self-treat. It bears repeating: If you show any symptoms that appear to be the beginnings of a yeast infection, vaginal or otherwise, and you are pregnant – go to your OB/GYN immediately. Even though we told you about the alternative treatment, boric acid capsules, we still encourage you to visit your doctor, especially if your infection did not respond to your first treatment. It could be something totally not related to a yeast infection. If you self-diagnosed your condition, then you could have a different kind of infection. The treatments used to eliminate a yeast infection work quite well and are safe. As we have stated, the greatest concern is with pregnancy, but there are other concerns, such as certain types of infections seen in children, like oral thrush. After visiting your doctor or clinic, you will be more in the position of making a correct self-diagnosis the next time the same symptoms occur.