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Is vaginal itching must led by vaginal yeast infection?
There is large quantity of women who think their vaginal itching must cause by vaginal yeast infection are wrong. In fact they may be doing more harm than good in treating their problems as vaginal yeast infection, says a Saint Louis University researcher who presented her findings recently.
"Not all vaginal itching is led by a yeast infection," said Susan Hoffstetter, Ph.D., assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and a SLUCare women's health nurse practitioner.
People keep treating themselves. They buy over-the-counter medicines for yeast infections or they call the doctor to get a prescription for medicine over and over again.
Almost three times out of four, they're treating themselves or calling a doctor for a medicine to treat a problem they don't have, said Hoffstetter, who co-directs the SLUCare Vulvar and Vaginal Disease Clinic, which specializes in treating women who have chronic pain, unhealthy discharges or skin problems in their vaginal area.
Vaginal yeast infection is a type of vaginitis — inflammation of the vagina — characterized by vaginal irritation, intense itchiness and vaginal discharge. And vaginal itching is one of the most common symptoms of it. Three out of four women have had one at some point during their lives. Vaginal itching is not the only symptoms of vaginal yeast infection, symptoms like  discomfort during sex; burning, redness and swelling of the vaginal area; a thick, white cottage cheese-like discharge that doesn't smell bad; and pain during urination are also led by vaginal yeast infection.
Not all the vaginal itching is caused by vaginal yeast infection. Hoffstetter analyzed the records of more than 150 new patients of the SLUCare Vulvar and Vaginal Disease Clinic, a specialty practice that sees women with recurrent vaginitis problems. These women thought they had yeast infections, however only 26 percent actually did.
The women reported itching and a vaginal discharge, which also could indicate an inflammation, dry skin tissues or a sexually transmitted infection. These problems require a different treatment than the anti-fungal medicine given for a yeast infection.
So once you found you are suffering from vaginal itching, don't treat it simply as vaginal yeast infection without seeing the doctor. You should receive the appropriate treatment after you have diagnosed. If you’re vaginal itching is diagnosed that it is led by vaginal yeast infection or inflammation, you could try an herbal medicine fuyan pill, which is very effective on treating these conditions.
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