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Why Do I Keep Getting Yeast Infections?

It’s never a great time to get a yeast infection. But, the worst time to feel that telltale damp, itchy feeling is right after you’ve recovered from a prior yeast infection. Did you know that around 8% of women experience more than four recurring yeast infections a year?

For patients frustrated by repeat yeast infections, experienced OBGYN Dr. Leonardo A. Longoria offers understanding, effective treatment, and symptom relief. If you’re located in or around El Paso, Texas, and could use support for recurring yeast infections, contact Dr. Longoria and his compassionate, discreet women's health care team at Longoria OBGYN today.

Understanding yeast infections

Yeast infections, caused by the fungus candida albicans and other fungi, can appear in locations around your body. Yeast infections thrive where it’s dark, warm, and damp. That’s why, although yeast infections can affect people of any gender, vaginal yeast infections are one of the most common types of this common condition.

Yeast infections result in uncomfortable symptoms like itching, irritation, and atypical discharge. Vaginal yeast infections can also make it painful to have sexual intercourse.

There are several reasons you could experience yeast infection symptoms over and over again in the course of a year. When you understand more about the cause of your condition, you can act to reduce your risk of subsequent outbreaks.

Stubborn fungus problems

Getting rid of a yeast infection can actually be quite difficult. Fungal infections often recur multiple times before being fully addressed. 

Instead of repeat infections, you might be experiencing repeat flare-ups of an existing, stubborn infection that’s never fully gone away. It’s important to follow all treatment instructions completely to avoid this reason for recurrence.

You could be experiencing a rare yeast infection not caused by candida albicans but by another type of fungus. When this occurs, standard antifungal treatments for yeast infections may not prove effective. Identifying the real cause of your yeast infections may allow you to find lasting relief from the flare-up cycle.

Other causes of recurring yeast infections

Factors in your own body can also make you more vulnerable to repeat yeast infections. If you take antibiotic medication, beneficial bacteria in your vagina aren’t able to stave off yeast infections. 

If you have uncontrolled high blood sugar, you may find this condition coming back again and again, as well. Using hormonal birth control can also throw off the balance of beneficial bacteria in your vaginal area.

You could even be leaving yourself prone to yeast infections by how you dress. If you spend a lot of time in tight or wet clothing, like gym clothes, swimwear, or unbreathable fashion garments, you increase your risk of yeast infections thriving in your body.

Get rid of yeast infections for good

Consult with Dr. Longoria to determine how you can end the cycle and get rid of irritating yeast infections for good. Medication changes, lifestyle changes, and learning more about your vaginal bacteria and pH can all help you address this issue for lasting relief.

Recurring yeast infections are frustrating to handle, but you’re not alone. Get in touch with our team at Longoria OBGYN and learn more about the right next steps for you. Schedule your appointment by calling our office today or requesting a visit online anytime.

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