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Your Doctor Could Be Contributing to Your Yeast Infections—Here's How

That trip to the dermatologist to get a fix for your acne. The bug you picked up on a plane. Spending time with your toddler cousin and ending up with a sore throat. Any number of things can send you to the doctor. The problem is that the usual solutions to these visits is to go home with a prescription for antibiotics. So the infection may go away, but the result is likely going to send you running right back to the doctor after you develop a yeast infection.

Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. The problem is that doctors often prescribe antibiotics for conditions that are so mild, like some types of acne, that don't need antibiotics. In the case of a sore throat, the cause could be viral and antibiotics won't help at all.

Although there has plenty of documentation on the over-prescription of antibiotics, doctors and patients don't seem to be doing anything about it anytime soon. Until the medical industry catches up to the problem and starts using antibiotics only for actual bacterial infections (like strep throat, not a precursor to a viral cold), you have to look out for yourself. Or your lady parts may suffer the consequences.

What is a yeast infection?

A yeast infection is caused by a disruption in the healthy germs of the vagina. It can occur inside the vagina, as well as outside in the folds of the labia.

Usually, a yeast infection is marked by a thicker than usual white discharge and a stronger than usual smell.

How can you treat a yeast infection?

Over the counter products are available, but they may interfere with some other medications, including some birth control. You can also get a prescription treatment from your doctor.

How can you avoid yeast infections?

Avoid taking unnecessary antibiotics. Try the "wait and see" method whenever you can. When it comes to personal hygiene, don't douche or use products with scents as they can cause irritation and infections. Wear only cotton crotches and avoid sitting in wet clothes, like your yoga pants after a workout, to keep the area dry.

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