During the second trimester of pregnancy yeast infections are a common occurrence in women. Symptoms are an increase in the amount of a thin, white or greenish odd smelling discharge; redness, itching on the lips of the vagina; burning during urination and intercourse. They do not have any deleterious effect on pregnancy, but could be a cause for considerable discomfort.
When the normal levels of acid and yeast in the vagina are imbalanced, the overgrowing yeast causes discomfort resulting in a condition called a ‘yeast infection’. Yeast infections are generally caused for some of the following reasons:
If a doctor has ruled out yeast infection, the person may be suffering from sexually transmitted diseases like Chalmydia, Gonorrhea ,Trichomoniasis or a bacterial infection called Bacterial Vaginosis, which have similar symptoms. These can be excluded at a doctor’s clinic by a simple swab to remove the discharge and follow it with a microscopic examination of the discharge, or in rare cases, a culture could be sent to a clinical laboratory. An examination of the genitals by a doctor could also detect this condition.
The recommended treatment of yeast infection during pregnancy is by the use of vaginal creams and suppositories. If left untreated, yeast infections may be passed on to the baby’s mouth during delivery, causing it to develop‘thrush’ which requires treatment with Nystatin.
Generally it takes about two weeks to be completely cured of yeast infection during pregnancy. Subsequently one should use a starch-free drying powder like Nystatin on sores to prevent reinfection.
Tips to prevent Yeast Infections
In case the symptoms recur again, one should contact the doctor as soon as possible. As explained in this article, yeast infection symptoms are similar to sexually transmitted diseases, which are far more dangerous.
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