Vulvovaginal complaints are among the most common reasons women seek medical care. Vaginitis , defined as a variety of inflammatory conditions that can result in vaginal and sometimes vulvar symptoms such as itching, burning, irritation, odor, and vaginal discharge, accounts for approximately 10 million physician office visits annually. VVC is the only vaginal infection for which OTC treatments are available, allowing women to self-diagnose and self-treat their condition. Since the introduction of these OTC products in the early s, many women have associated vaginitis-type symptoms with yeast infections, leading to increased self-treatment of presumed VVC. Although there are many advantages to having vaginal antifungals readily available, there is a potential for inappropriate therapy. Some women may have difficulties identifying VVC based on symptoms alone, and others may have problems selecting and using these products appropriately.
Candida infection of the skin
Candida infection of the skin: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
Being a woman is incredible. Unfortunately, though there are a lot of positives to being a woman, there are also some negatives. Having breasts and a vagina can be wonderful, but it can also be problematic — anyone who has ever had a urinary tract infection, a yeast infection , or another vagina-specific infection knows this very well. This article will talk specifically about yeast infections — those annoying vaginal infections that itch, burn, and cause huge amounts of discomfort. But did you know that you can get yeast infections in other areas of your body as well? Although usually associated with vaginas, yeast infections can actually occur on other parts of your body — and men can get them, too! To learn more about the other areas of your body that can get yeast infections, keep reading below!
Nonprescription Management of Vulvovaginal Candidiasis
Objective: To establish whether there has been any rise in the prevalence of non-albicans Candida species isolated from vaginal swabs since the introduction of "over the counter" antifungal treatments. Method: A retrospective review looking at all positive vaginal yeast isolates collected from women attending one genitourinary medicine clinic during the 6 year period from to inclusive. All positive vaginal yeast isolates were included, regardless of whether or not the patients were symptomatic. Isolates from HIV positive women were excluded from the analysis.
See also Overview of Fungal Skin Infections. Candida yeast is a normal resident of the mouth, digestive tract, and vagina that usually causes no harm. Under certain conditions, however, Candida can overgrow on mucous membranes and moist areas of the skin. Typical areas affected are the lining of the mouth, the groin, the armpits, the spaces between fingers and toes, on an uncircumcised penis, the skinfold under the breasts, the nails, and the skinfolds of the stomach. Yeast is a type of fungus.