Office Visits with Dr. V

Episode 7: Part 2 Itchy & Fishy: Let’s fix it.

January 22, 2021

Yeast or BV? Which one could it be?  FYI-BV is Bacterial Vaginosis.  In these 2 episodes, you'll learn how to know when Houston has a problem with your vaginal discharge.

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00:30 – In part two of our Itchy and Fishy topic of discussion, we discuss the Itchy part-- a yeast infection. As mentioned in part 1, BV is very common among women, but yeast comes in a close second as far as vaginal infections are concerned. In fact, yeast is so common that there are actually over-the-counter medications in almost every pharmacy.

01:47 – Normally, yeast is characterized by a thick white vaginal discharge that comes out daily with the likelihood of the infection becoming worse. The second symptom is actually the topic of today's discussion-- severe itching. Yeast patients often find themselves scratching the areas around the vulva because with a yeast infection comes a burning sensation that can be quite uncomfortable. If not treated early enough, the scratching can weaken the vulva leading to severe ulcers.

03:18 - According to Dr. V., the best way to go about treating the yeast infection is by seeking help as soon as possible because the longer you wait, the harder it will be to get rid of the yeast. The thing to note about yeast infections is that 25% of the tests done might not show a yeast infection; thus, your doctor might be forced to rely on some other symptoms to come up with a diagnosis.

07:28 – According to Dr. V., yeast infections can be caused by a lot of things. If you find yourself time and time again coming down with a yeast infection, then you need to consult your doctor. One common disease that might lead to a yeast infection is diabetes. If you have a lot of extra sugar in your system, you are more likely to get a yeast infection because yeast thrives on excess sugar.

09:24 - Over the years, Dr. V. has noticed that a lot of women tend to apply lotion or perfume to the regions around the vulva due to several different reasons. However, lotion and perfume have been known to alter the vagina's pH of the vagina, leading to a yeast infection. So, if you ever find yourself scratching after applying these products, that's your cue to stop because you might be causing more harm than good.

10:28 - As you probably already know, herpes can also lead to a burning and itching sensation. With most people associating the itching with a yeast infection, many people tend to self-diagnose and self-treat a potential herpes infection as a yeast infection. Dr. V. blames this sorely on the availability of over the counter medication. Dr. V. advises women not to rush when self-diagnosing a potential yeast infection because yeast and some other STDs have many symptoms in common.

14:03 – We all want to live happy and healthy lives. However, having an itchy vulva is not what comes to mind when we think about happiness. So, if you are unsure about the itchy feeling you've been struggling with, it would be best if you consult your doctor immediately. Dr. V. concludes the episode by again mentioning the demerits of douching. As mentioned in the previous episode, douching can potentially alter your vaginal pH, thereby leading to a yeast infection.

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