How to Diagnose Yeast Infections at Home

How to Diagnose Yeast Infections at Home

Yeast is a type of fungi that lives normally in the body along with good bacteria. These help to keep your immune system in a balance. But, the balance of bacteria and yeast sometimes unsettle and induce the growth of yeast. Once yeast develops out of control, it will cause a yeast infection in many parts of the body. Your skin, vagina, mouth or throat can be affected. As you know, a yeast infection is frustrating, so it’s important for you to diagnose and cure it as soon as possible. You also diagnose the infection at home by taking a look at your symptoms.

Recognizing symptoms

To know whether you get a yeast infection or not, you should realize some changes in the body. The infection often shows clearly signs that you can look at them to diagnose, including:

Red spots. Yeast likes living in moist places. So, the infection can be found in groin, buttocks, mouth, near the fingers and toes. Red spots can be the first symptom of a yeast infection. They begin to look like small and red pimples which develop rashes.

Itchiness. After red spots establish, you will experience itchiness. The affected areas may be itchy and become aggravated by foreign objects and clothes. Also, the infection induces a burning sensation around the affected areas.

Watching for symptoms of different kinds of yeast infections. There’re three major kinds of yeast infection: skin infections, yeast infections and throat infections. Each one will have its own specific symptoms, such as:

–  Skin infection. You should notice patches, rashes and blisters between the fingers and toes if you have the skin infection on your hands or toes. Also, white spots will start on the nails of the affected area.

–  Vaginal yeast infection. It’s estimated that 75% of women will catch this infection at some point in their lifetime. If you get it, your vulva and vagina may become red, itchy, swollen and irritated. Besides, you can experience burning and painful during sex and urination. It sometimes showed by a thick, white and odorless discharges in your vagina.

–  Throat infection. Known as oral thrush, throat infection has become red and white blisters. They look like bumps creating from the back of your mouth on the tongue and near your throat. You may feel difficulty swallowing.

A pH test at home. To make sure that whether you get a yeast infection or not, a pH test is essential for you. Normally, your vaginal pH is around 4 that is slightly acidic. If the pH test result is below 4, you’re able to get a yeast infection. Or when the pH test is above 4, you should meet your doctor. This isn’t an infection, it’s can be a sign of another diseases.

pH test can show a yeast infection

pH test can show a yeast infection

Recognizing symptoms of a complicated yeast infection

Once experiencing any symptoms listed above of the infection, you should consult your doctor to be diagnosed correctly. It’s important to cure an infection at the first stage. Otherwise, your infection will be severe and complicated which are difficult to treat. To understand how your symptoms are, here’re some tips:

Take a look at the shape of the rash. The infection may develop a red shape if you let it grow untreated. In some severe cases, it causes hair loss when the affected areas are scalp, groin area or man’s beard.

Check your affected fingernails. Once skin infection affects your nails, it will start to appear as a swollen, red and painful area around the toenails or fingernails. Your nails may separate and reveal a stained light yellow and white nail bed.

Consider whether you’re in risk group. Some risk groups will increase complicated yeast infections, including:

–  Pregnant women.

–  People who have many yeast infections in a year

–  People with uncontrolled diabetes

–  People who have weakened immune systems (due to conditions and medications)

Pregnant women have risk of getting the infection

Pregnant women have risk of getting the infection

Treatments for yeast infections

How to get rid of a yeast infection is a common question asked by most of people. In fact, there’re lots of cure options for the infection. Home remedies, antifungal medicines or antifungal creams are effective for treating the infection. Depend on each individuals, people will choose suitable treatments for their diseases.

Home remedy. It’s an effective and inexpensive treatment. Based on herbs and natural ingredients, home remedies are safe and useful in curing the infection. You can apply tea tree oil, coconut oil or oregano oil to affected area. These are potent in antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties which kill the fungus effectively. Besides, you should provide more probiotics that help fight against fungus.

Antifungal creams. Seen as a useful cure, antifungal creams heal your infection fast and have no side effects. You can apply some creams, such as Fugacil, Tioconazole and Fluconazole.

Fugacil -an antifungal cream for fungal infections

Fugacil -an antifungal cream for fungal infections

Antifungal medicines. If you don’t want apply creams or use home remedies, doctor may recommend some antifungal drugs. This treatment can last within a week, but the results will depend on each individual. Fluconazole, Posaconazole and Itraconazole are helpful drugs. These helps to kill the fungus and prevent outbreak well.  But it may show side effect in some cases.

A yeast infection often go along with red spots, itchiness and pain. It’s so embarrassing and annoying. Also, the infection leads to complication if you leave it untreated. Thus, it’s important for you to diagnose the initial signs and look for cure options at the early stages. All treatments at the first stage often bring good results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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