Do your mucous membranes have the moisture of the Sahara desert with a blazing redness that itches and stings? Perhaps you also have a cottage cheese-like, whitish discharge?
If so, you probably have a fungal infection!
THIS IS HOW COMMON FUNGAL INFECTIONS ARE
You are certainly not alone in this condition! Approximately 75% of all women suffer from a fungal infection at some point in their lives and anyone who has ever been affected knows that it can be extremely distressing! Fortunately, most fungal infections are easily treated with topical or oral anti-fungal drugs and after that, the problems usually clear up, but with some, usually in the 25-34 age range, they are at higher risk of recurrent fungal infections.
RECURRENT FUNGAL INFECTIONS
So what counts as a recurrent fungal infection? Yes, it is usually said that you need to have at least 3-4 fungal infections/year to be defined as recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (RVVC), meaning repeated fungal infections, which affects about 6-9% of women of fertile age.
This can be extremely difficult and often requires regular contact with the healthcare system, as RVVC can be difficult to treat.
PAIN DURING SEX
An insufficiently treated fungal infection can lead to pain during sex. Many women with so-called vulvar pain (vestibulodynia) also say that they have had repeated fungal infections in the past. Vulvar pain can also make it difficult to use tampons, wear tight clothing, cycle and ride a bike.
CAUSES OF CHRONIC FUNGAL INFECTION
There are several factors that can contribute to a woman suffering from RVVC and it can also be a combination of several different risk factors. Some of the most common are:
- An ongoing or recently completed antibiotic treatment,
- Hormonal factors
- RVVC is also commonly accompanied by another vaginal disease such as bacterial vaginosis or vulvar pain (vulvodynia).
HOW TO TREAT FUNGAL INFECTIONS
Certain fungal infections are often easily treated with over-the-counter medication or a single dose of antifungal medication that is prescribed by a doctor. On the other hand, living with a reoccurring vaginal yeast infection can affect both quality of life and relationships, but there is light at the end of the tunnel!
The first thing to do with recurrent fungal infections is to seek help from a gynecologist/outpatient clinic and do a fungal culture analysis to find the right treatment. When you make a culture, it is also important that you have ongoing problems when sampling and that you have not used any antifungal medication in the last 2-3 weeks.
Unfortunately, there is still no 100% treatment for chronic fungal infection, but long-term treatment with prescription antifungal drugs in combination with emollient and moisturizing treatment is in many cases successful.
CLEAN WITHOUT SOAP
To clean the intimate area with soap risks drying out the sensitive mucous membranes and disturbing the pH balance, which can also aggravate fungal infections.
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It has the same moisturizing and unique properties as VagiVital AktivGel but with a little rapeseed oil added. Soaps risk drying out the vagina. An oil can only remove fat-soluble impurities. This is where VagiVital V Cleanser comes in! Despite being soap-free, it can cleanse both fat- and water-soluble impurities while adding moisture without disturbing the delicate pH balance of the vagina. This reduces itching, treats dryness and prevents cracks that exacerbate fungal infections.
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A MOIST VAGINA IS A HAPPY VAGINA ❤
Dry mucous membranes can sometimes cause the same symptoms as a fungal infection with burning, itching and irritation, and small cracks can appear that also make it easier for the fungus to take hold. The mucous membrane in the vagina needs moisture to feel good, and dry mucous membranes often affect the bacterial flora, thus increasing the risk of a fungal infection. A moist vagina is a happy vagina ❤
VagiVital AktivGel is a hormone-free active gel that moisturizes the driest mucous membranes, reduces itching and prevents cracks, thereby reducing the risk of fungal infection.
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New treatments for fungal infections need to be developed and studies are ongoing to find new, effective treatment methods. Other studies are investigating a new vaccine that can reduce recurrence in women with chronic recurrent fungal infections. Studies have also tested whether vaginal or oral administration of lactobacilli can act as a preventive treatment against fungal infections in the genital area, but there is currently no scientific evidence to support probiotic treatment - there are no sufficiently good studies that have been able to evaluate this.
At the moment, fungal infections are often treated with so-called antifungal drugs. As fungal infections often recur, women are often treated repeatedly, which has led to the fungus developing resistance to the drugs. Therefore, there will be a need for a medicine that can both prevent the symptoms from returning and at the same time does not contain antifungal agents.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A DIAGNOSIS
Sometimes it can also be difficult to distinguish between a fungal infection and bacterial vaginosis, as the symptoms can often be similar.
Since many women do not know about bacterial vaginosis, they often treat themselves for a fungal infection (since the symptoms are similar), which causes the symptoms to persist. In 10-15% of cases, bacterial vaginosis and candidiasis (fungal infection) also occur at the same time, requiring two different treatments.
Diagnoses - Treats - Prevents