Why Do I Keep Getting Yeast Infections?

Last updated: July 2, 2021

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Richard Honaker M.D.
Primary Care Physician
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Yeast infections can be uncomfortable and annoying. Yeast infection questions are common and our doctors get asked about them via our FREE Dr. Chat a lot. To help answer some common yeast infection questions, we put together some helpful tips.

Common Yeast Infection Myths

There are plenty of yeast infection myths out there. Some women believe that chocolate makes yeast infections worse. Others believe gluten is to blame. And sex is to blame for others.

What is a recurrent yeast infection? When yeast infections happen four or more times per year, they are recurrent. However, this is not so common. Only up to eight percent of women will get recurrent yeast infections.

One of the issues is that women often believe they have a yeast infection and immediately reach for Monistat and other over-the-counter medications to rid the issue. This can cause yeast infections to become recurrent.

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Most Common Yeast Infection Symptoms

  • Vaginal Itching
  • Vaginal Burning
  • Painful Urination
  • Smelly Vaginal Discharge

The truth is, most women think they have a yeast infection, but do not. The medication easily purchased at the pharmacy can make it worse. If you have an itchy vagina, don’t immediately diagnose yourself with a yeast infection.


Common Itchy Vagina Culprits

  • Douching
  • Over Washing
  • Wearing Tight Clothing (yoga pants)
  • Not Changing Sweaty Gym Shorts
  • Waxing
  • Shaving
  • Benzocaine Creams (Vagisil)
  • Spermicide Condoms
  • Lubrications                                               

Vaginal itching will not kill you, but it is very uncomfortable. But it is important to get the facts from a doctor before using yeast infection remedies that could possibly make things worse, or even cause a real yeast infection by wiping out the good bacteria needed.

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What Women Could Do First When Itching Happens

If you are experiencing yeast infection symptoms, it may be best to first try an antihistamine like Zyrtec, Claritin, or Allegra. This could reduce the inflammation that is causing your itchy, uncomfortable vagina. Topical steroids like one percent hydrocortisone may also help relieve itching.

The key takeaway is not everything uncomfortable that happens in your most sensitive of areas is a yeast infection.

By self-diagnosing and using yeast infection medications via the store could be making you have recurrent yeast infections, or recurrent yeast infection symptoms. Before doing any DIY treatments you should talk to a doctor.

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Submitted by Dr. Richard Honaker: http://www.independentmedicalexaminer.com/IME-Directory/Virginia/Dr-Richard-A-Honaker-MD.asp

Disclaimer: This article provides general information and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. If you require specific advice, please consult one of our medical professionals through the app. However, in case of an emergency, please call 911.

About Richard Honaker M.D.

Dr. Richard Honaker has over 40 years of experience as a primary care physician specializing in several different areas of medicine. He is able to provide expert case review and analysis for insurance and workers compensation cases as well as providing online medical consultations as the Chief Medical Advisor for Your Doctors Online.

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