Vaginal yeast infections are common and affect more than 75% of women at some point during their life. Though you can use over-the-counter vaginal yeast infection treatment to relieve your symptoms, it’s important to get the right diagnosis. If you suspect you have a yeast infection, the team of all-female board-certified OBGYNs at Frisco Obstetrics and Gynecology, PA, can help. They provide an accurate diagnosis and effective vaginal yeast infection treatment. Call the office in Frisco, Texas, or book an appointment online today.
A vaginal yeast infection is a fungal infection caused by Candida albicans, a fungus naturally found in the vagina. However, you develop a yeast infection when there’s an overgrowth of the yeast, or it invades the cells in the deeper areas of your vaginal tissue.
Common symptoms of a yeast infection include:
You may develop a yeast infection when using antibiotics, which disrupts the normal balance of yeast and bacteria found in your vaginal tissue. Yeast infections are also common during pregnancy and in women with poorly controlled diabetes.
Though you can find over-the-counter antifungal medications to treat your yeast infection, the women’s health experts at Frisco Obstetrics and Gynecology, PA recommend you seek a formal diagnosis before self-treating.
When you visit Frisco Obstetrics and Gynecology, PA for a yeast infection consultation, your provider reviews your symptoms and medical and gynecological history and performs a physical and pelvic exam.
The women’s health specialists may be able to diagnose your vaginal yeast infection after your physical. Still, they may take a sample of your vaginal secretions for testing to identify the yeast causing your symptoms.
They use the information gathered during your evaluation to develop an effective vaginal yeast infection treatment.
For their patients with frequent yeast infections, the team may not require an office visit but may prescribe treatments based on reported symptoms and medical history.
Your vaginal yeast infection treatment may depend on the severity of your symptoms and the frequency of your infections.
For women with mild to moderate symptoms and infrequent infections, the team may prescribe a 3-7 day course of antifungal medication or a one-time dose of fluconazole.
For women with moderate to severe symptoms or frequent yeast infections, the team may prescribe a two-week course of antifungal medication or up to three doses of fluconazole.
Your provider won’t prescribe fluconazole if you’re pregnant.
If your yeast infection is resistant to antifungal treatments, the team prescribes a boric acid suppository you place in your vagina.
To discuss your vaginal yeast infection treatment options, call Frisco Obstetrics and Gynecology, PA, or schedule an appointment online today.