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About Candida infection

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Candida is a common type of fungus that lives on and in the human body in small amounts. It is a type of yeast that likes to live in places like your mouth and belly, or on your skin. Candida can live on your body in small amounts without causing any problems, but certain environments can allow the yeast to grow out of control, causing an infection known as candidiasis.

Types of candidiasis include:

- Oropharyngeal Candidiasis (Often referred to as Thrush). Thrush occurs when the candida yeast spreads in the mouth. It is most common in newborns, elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems. Sometimes it will spread to the esophagus causing esophagitis.

- Genital Candidiasis (Genital Yeast Infection). An overgrowth of Candida in the genital area (typically the vagina) can lead to a genital yeast infection. While both men and women can get these infections, they are more common among women. Three out of four women will get a genital yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. Genital candidiasis can be caused by pregnancy, certain lubricants, spermicides, medications, or diabetes. The symptoms of a genital yeast infection tend to be itchiness, redness, or swelling of the vagina; pain or burning when you pee; and a white, cottage cheese-like discharge.

- Cutaneous Candidiasis (skin infection). This infection usually occurs in moist areas of the body that don’t receive much ventilation. A common form of skin infection is diaper rash. In adults, cutaneous candidiasis may occur in the skin between fingers or toes, the armpits, and the groin.

- Invasive Candidiasis. Invasive candidiasis occurs when the Candida fungus enters the bloodstream and infects the blood or internal organs, usually via contaminated medical devices (such as a central venous catheter). Unlike other forms of Candida infections, invasive candidiasis is a serious, potentially life-threatening infection, because it may affect the heart, brain, eyes, and bones. Invasive candidiasis most commonly occurs in patients with weakened immune systems, or patients undergoing long hospital stays.

Treatment Options

Candidiasis is normally treated with an antifungal medication. How the medication is taken or applied will depend on the area being treated. Your doctor will prescribe a specific treatment plan to you based on your age, health, the location of the illness, and other factors. Below is a list of common medications often prescribed for candida infections which a doctor or provider can prescribe for you for just $5 through SesameRx.

Below are treatment options for a candida infection. During your appointment, talk to your doctor about the treatment plan that's right for you.
FAQs

Candida Infection Care

What is a vaginal infection?

A vaginal infection, or vaginitis, is an inflammation of the vagina or vulva. It can be caused by a number of conditions, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, yeast infections, or an overgrowth of bacterial vaginosis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause of vaginal symptoms, affecting almost 1 in 3 women in the US every year.

What is a yeast infection?

Vaginal yeast infections (candidiasis) are infections of the vagina and vulva that cause discharge, irritation, and itchiness. A healthy vagina contains a normal balance of yeast and bacteria (lactobacillus). A yeast infection occurs when there is an imbalance of yeast. Most yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans, though there are other types of candida fungus that need therapies that are more aggressive and are harder to treat. Yeast infections are not sexually transmitted infections, though you can get a yeast infection from your sexual partner because of a bad reaction to their natural genital yeast and bacteria.

How do you get a vaginal infection?

There are many causes of vaginitis. Some common causes include:

Vaginal yeast infection (vaginal candidiasis): There are many reasons why you can get an overgrowth of Candida albicans, including high levels of estrogen, poor diet, antibiotics, and diabetes.

STDs: Different types of sexually transmitted diseases can cause vaginitis, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and trichomoniasis.

Bacterial overgrowth: Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a condition that involves the overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina. New sex partners and douching are a few examples of how an imbalance of bacteria can occur in the vagina.

Foreign objects: Things like forgotten tampons, or tissue paper can irritate the tissues of the vagina.

Vaginitis is treatable based on its cause. While antibiotics treat BV, they may not treat vaginitis caused by a fungal infection. Speaking to a doctor about your symptoms can help reveal a diagnosis and treatment plan that's specific to your case. Sesame offers telehealth visits up to 60% off what you'd pay through an insurance carrier. Book a virtual consult with a gynecologist through Sesame and get ready to save.

How do you get a yeast infection?

When your body has an imbalance of Candida fungus, you may develop a vaginal fungal infection (vaginitis). There are a number of ways in which you can develop an overgrowth of candida such as the use of antibiotics, douching, an impaired immune system, pregnancy, or hormonal contraceptives which increase estrogen levels.

You might reduce the likelihood of getting a yeast infection if you change your tampons often, avoid hot tubs and hot baths, and for those with diabetes, control your blood sugar. If you are experiencing a yeast infection for the first time, consider seeing a doctor. They can help you decide which treatment is best for you. Sesame has doctor visits available as early as today. Don't wait to get the treatment you deserve. Book and pay doctors directly, at upfront prices, on your schedule.

Do I have bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection?

Identifying whether you have a vaginal yeast infection or BV lies in the color and consistency of your vaginal discharge. While yeast infections are normally scentless with a thick white consistency, BV discharge has a strong fishy odor and is thin, gray, or yellow in hue.

It is hard to differentiate the other symptoms of a yeast infection and BV due to the fact that they share similarities such as burning during urination and vaginal itching. In order to properly identify your vaginitis, an appointment with a women's health doctor may be needed.

If this is the first time you are experiencing these symptoms, or suspect that it is BV, you should see a doctor. BV will not go away on its own, and prescription medicine is necessary for treatment.

What are the risk factors of developing a yeast infection?

Yeast infection risk factors include:

Lowered immunity: Those with an impaired immune system are more likely to get yeast infections.

Higher estrogen levels: Hormone therapy such as high-dose birth control pills make yeast infections more likely.

Antibiotic use: Antibiotics kill bad bacteria, but they also kill good bacteria which can lead to an imbalance of yeast in your system.

Uncontrolled diabetes: Those who have diabetes and don't properly control their blood sugar may increase their risk of developing yeast infections.

How long does a yeast infection last?

If you have a mild yeast infection, it should heal up within a couple of days, with moderate and severe cases lasting up to two weeks or more.

If your yeast infection hasn't gone away within several days or you notice pelvic pain, you may have a different type of infection such as a urinary tract infection.

What are common yeast infection treatments?

Common yeast infection treatments include over-the-counter antifungal medication such as Monistat (miconazole), topical vaginal cream (clotrimazole), prescription medicine such as Diflucan (fluconazole), and vaginal suppositories.

If over-the-counter medicine isn't clearing up your yeast infection, you may have a strain of Candida that has a resistance to antifungal medication. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that this is becoming an increasing problem with yeast infections. Speak with a doctor if you have concerns about your yeast infection. They may be able to provide you with a stronger medication.

What is the fastest way to get rid of a yeast infection?

There are a wide variety of effective treatments that can help you quickly get rid of your yeast infection. Because yeast infections are uncomfortable, it's natural to beat the infection as fast as humanly possible. Fast treatments include over-the-counter antifungal medicine, yogurt rich in probiotics, boric acid, and sugar-free cranberry juice. If sugarless cranberry juice is too tart, consider watering it down for easier consumption.

If your yeast infection isn't going away after several days consider booking an appointment with a healthcare provider with Sesame. While you wait for your appointment, try wearing cotton underwear to improve breathability in your genital area and avoid douches, hot baths, and hot tubs.

Can I see a doctor online for a yeast infection?

Yes. Thanks to telehealth platforms such as Sesame, you can chat with an online doctor such as an urgent care provider, infectious disease specialist, or primary care provider to discuss the symptoms of a yeast infection. Telehealth has made it easier than ever to see a doctor right away without having to leave home. Doctors on Sesame can treat conditions such as yeast infections, UTIs, bacterial vaginosis, and other women's health issues.

To schedule a same-day yeast infection visit online, search "Yeast infection" or "virtual yeast infection visit" in our search bar. Select the health care provider you want to see and schedule a visit from the drop-down menu that works for your schedule. After you pay for your appointment upfront, you will be sent a booking confirmation email that contains the link to your video chat room. Sesame recommends finding a private, secure location with a strong internet connection for virtual visits.

Discuss your symptoms and treatment plans with your provider or doctor. If medication is appropriate, doctors on Sesame can write prescriptions for medication such as fluconazole (Diflucan) for just $5 and have them delivered to your front door for free.

When should I see an OB/GYN?

Gynecological visits can help address concerns you may have about your reproductive system. Some conditions or concerns an OB/GYN can help with are:
- Questions or concerns about the female reproductive system, including breasts, uterus, vulva, ovaries, and urological symptoms.
- Issues or concerns regarding fertility, pregnancy, menstrual health, and contraception.
- Issues regarding incontinence.
- Questions about sexual health, libido, and sexually transmitted diseases.
- Concerns about urinary tract infections (UTIs), and yeast infections.


Connect with a real, licensed gynecologist near you to get your questions answered and conditions addressed - all for one affordable, cash price. Sesame works directly with doctors - not insurance companies - to get you the care you need without surprise bills or confusing copays.

What services can OB/GYNs provide?

OB/GYNs have special training to be able to diagnose and treat conditions related to women's health and the female reproductive system. Visits to an OB/GYN clinic play a key role in maintaining your health and wellness and in staying one step ahead of chronic conditions. Some common health services provided by an OB/GYN include:
- Pap smears
- Pelvic exams
- Breast exams/ breast cancer screening
- STI tests
- Ultrasounds
- Fertility/ Contraceptive counseling


If you are dealing with a health concern or medical condition, an OB/GYN has the training to perform a number of surgeries and procedures such as:
- Removal of cysts on ovaries (ovarian cysts)
- Uterine fibroid removal
- Cesarean sections
- Hysterectomy
- Reconstructive surgery
- Endometriosis therapy


Depending on your health history or health concerns, an OB/GYN may provide a referral for a specialist such as an endocrinologist or a doctor of urogynecology.

Save up to 60% when you book your OB/GYN visit through Sesame.

What questions should I ask an OB/GYN?

Seeing an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) is your opportunity to get any questions or concerns you have about your reproductive health answered and addressed.

If you have any health concerns, or just want more information, it's a good idea to go to your appointment with a list of questions you may want to ask. Specific questions may vary depending on your age, sexual activity, and health history. Some common questions are:
- Do I need any vaccinations?
- Am I at high risk for any developing cancers or infections?
- How do I reduce the risk of breast cancer or cervical cancer?
- How often should I get cancer screenings and breast exams?
- How heavy should my menstrual flow be?
- What should I expect while going through menopause?
- What type of contraception is best for me?
- How often should I get tested for an STI?


Some women feel more comfortable seeing a female gynecologist. When you book a visit on Sesame, you get to pick the doctor you want to see - not the one your insurance company makes you see.

How do I find an OB/GYN near me?

Right here! Sesame offers convenient, affordable OB/GYN visits in cities across the country! Simply type "gynecologist" or "OB/GYN" in our search bar to find a real, quality women's health care provider near you. From infections to discomfort, doctors on Sesame can help diagnose and treat gynecological conditions for women of all ages.

Have questions or concerns about your reproductive health? Book a consult on Sesame with a licensed OB/GYN to discuss any health concerns you may have.

Save 60% on your next OB/GYN visit when you book with Sesame.

When should I see an OB/GYN over video?

Video appointments offer you a convenient, affordable way to get care without leaving the house. Video OB/GYN consults can help address several questions and concerns about women’s health, and the health of the female reproductive system, including:
- Questions or concerns about the female reproductive system, including breasts, uterus, vulva, ovaries, and urological symptoms.
- Issues or concerns regarding fertility, pregnancy, menstrual health, and contraception.
- Issues regarding urinary incontinence.
- Questions about sexual health, libido, and sexually transmitted diseases.
- Concerns about urinary tract infections (UTIs), and yeast infections.


Note that in some cases, your doctor may recommend in-person follow-up care, if appropriate.

What happens during a virtual yeast infection visit?

In your booking confirmation email, you will receive a link to a video chat platform that you will use for your appointment. This allows you to talk to your doctor face-to-face without having to actually go to the clinic. We recommend that you find a quiet, private area with a strong internet connection for your appointment.

Because doctors are unable to receive a sample of vaginal secretions, you will be asked about your symptoms and medical history during the visit. You may be asked about your sexual history as well. While these can be sensitive matters to discuss, these questions help doctors diagnose whatever condition you may be experiencing. If follow-up testing is required, Sesame will get in touch with you about the next steps.

If your doctor is able to definitively diagnose your condition, they will discuss treatment options with you. If medication is appropriate, your doctor can write you a prescription after your appointment and have it delivered right to your front door. Discuss how to administer the medication you are prescribed, and any side effects you may experience while undergoing treatment for a yeast infection.

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