Yeast Infection Test
If you think you think you may be suffering from a yeast infection then there is only one way to find out for sure and that is by taking a yeast infection test. Symptoms such as itching or burning sensation in your intimate parts, vaginal odor/discharge or pain when urinating are surefire signs of a yeast infection and a yeast infection test is definitely necessary to either confirm it is a yeast infection or hopefully not something more dis-pleasurable like genital herpes. If you cannot afford to go to your doctor for a yeast infection test then please check out our free How to Test for Candida page or visit your local pharmacy to see if they stock an over the counter yeast infection test, however that being said, we thoroughly recommend going to your doctor first. Please note that a yeast infection test is not sore and will finally give you peace of mind on whether you have a yeast infection or not.
Medical Yeast Infection Test Procedures
When you arrive at your local GP or medical practice, your doctor will give you a thorough questioning, first to see if your general health is in good order and then to drill down to specifics to see if you do indeed have a yeast infection. Be prepared to answers certain questions like what symptoms you are currently experiencing, and for how long have you been having these symptoms. He will also ask about your medical history and/or family related illnesses.
Once you have all the relevant medical questions answers the doctor will then move onto the next stage and begin a yeast infection test. The yeast infection test can be one of the following:
- A vaginal smear will take place so that the doctor or gynaecologist can collect a sample. The sample will be sent away to laboratory for testing. The first test that will take place is a vaginal culture on the sample provided. Every woman has some levels of yeast present in their vaginal and surrounding areas. This vaginal culture will determine if the level of yeast found is about average or well above normal readings. Obviously if there is a lot more than average present then it will have to be treated.
- Along with a wet mount test (other term for a vaginal smear) the doctor will take a blood sample. This will also be sent to get tested to see if there is any presence of diabetes. Diabetes sufferers are known to have higher levels of yeast in their bodies. Diabetes can be a life threatening illness if not treated correctly. They will also run general tests on your blood sample to ensure all other areas are normal
- A final test that may be performed by your doctor is a pelvic exam. This is an effective yeast infection test as the presence of white spots on your vagina wall or excessively dry vagina wall will mean you have a yeast infection.
If Yeast Infection Test Returns Positive
Once the yeast infection test is complete and the results have returned a yeast infection is present, then the doctor will prescribe for you a treatment plan. If this is your first yeast infection and the symptons aren’t that bad then he may just prescribe a cream that can be applied daily for a week. They can also prescribe a suppository that you can insert into your vagina. This will usually clear up any mild cases.
If the yeast infection test should up extreme levels of yeast the doctor will prescribe a course of anti fungal tablets that will kill all your yeast infection internally.
It is known that many people especially women who have a yeast infection will usually reoccur in their lifetime. If you get 4 or more reoccurrences in one year, then please visit the doctor again for further and more thorough examinations. There may be another issue that is causing this frequent outbreak (like diabetes as previously mentioned).
If you have been taking antibiotics for other ailments this is also known to lead to an onset of yeast infections. This is because the antibiotics kill both the good and bad bacteria in your system and there the yeast is unregulated in your system and will flourish (to use a bad word). Therefore it is recommended that after a course of antibiotics you should add pro-biotic supplements to your diet while also adding natural anti fungal foods such as garlic and onions to your diet.
Another thing to note that while you are being treated for yeast infection it is best advised to refrain from sexual activity. It can be passed to your partner even if a condom is being used. If you are in a relationship it is advisable for both parties to partake in a yeast infection test. As the symptoms are not as easily noticeable in males therefore when the women clears up her yeast infection, the male partner will just as quickly re-infect as he has not been treated.
One final note to take into account is even if you have all the symptoms of a yeast infection , you are best advised not to self medicate especially on first occurrence of a yeast infection and instead go to your doctor for a yeast infection test.
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