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Yeast Infection

Causes, Related Symptoms, and Prevention of Yeast Infection

Yeast infection or “thrush” is a common and often uncomfortable condition affecting various body parts but are most commonly found in the genital area, affecting females predominantly. They are caused by an overgrowth of Candidal albicans, a type of fungus that is part of the normal microflora of the female genitalia. While yeast infections can be a nuisance, understanding the available treatments and managing symptoms can lead to a swift recovery. Specific lifestyle changes can aid in the prevention and treatment, understanding the variety of yeast infection medicines in Hong Kong. 

Recognising Yeast Infection Discharge    

One of the hallmark signs of a vaginal yeast infection is discharge. This discharge is typically odourless and can range from a watery to a thick, white consistency likened to cottage cheese. While discharge can be alarming, it is a common symptom and can be managed effectively with appropriate treatment. 

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Other symptoms of yeast infection include itching or a burning sensation and pain on urination or sexual intercourse. 


Understanding Yeast Infection Treatment 


Antifungal medications are the frontline treatment when it comes to treating yeast infections. These can come in creams, ointments, tablets, or suppositories/pessaries and are usually applied directly to the affected area or taken orally. The duration of treatment can vary depending on the severity of the infection and the type of medication used. Suppositories or capsules containing live lactobacilli (probiotics) have also been utilised in an effort to restore the natural balance of the microflora in the genitalia. However, persistent and/or recurrent yeast infections might point to a weakened immune system and may warrant further investigation. 


FAQs about Yeast Infections     

  • How to Get Rid of a Yeast Infection in 24 Hours? 

Some treatments can alleviate symptoms quickly, however completely getting rid of a yeast infection within 24 hours is unlikely. Over-the-counter antifungal treatments like clotrimazole can provide notable relief within a day but may need to be used for a full course to eradicate the infection effectively. Prescription medications such as fluconazole are taken orally and can speed up recovery, with symptoms improving within one to three days. Nevertheless, it's essential to complete the full course of treatment as prescribed to prevent recurrence and antifungal resistance. 


  • How Much Water to Drink to Flush Out Yeast Infection? 

While staying hydrated is beneficial for overall health, there's no specific amount of water that can "flush out" a yeast infection. Drinking plenty of water can help to dilute urine, which may alleviate discomfort during urination when you have a yeast infection. A general guideline is to aim for six to eight glasses of water daily, but individual needs can vary. It's also advised to avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol, as they can promote dehydration. 


Whether you're in Hong Kong or elsewhere, understanding the available yeast infection medicines, recognising the symptoms, and knowing how to manage the condition can help you achieve a quick and successful recovery. If you're uncertain about your symptoms or over-the-counter remedies are not providing relief, you must consult a doctor for personalised advice and treatment. Remember, with proper care, yeast infections are typically a temporary discomfort that can be resolved with proper treatment. 

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  1. Mayo Clinic. Yeast infection (vaginal). 3 April 2024 Retrieved from  
  2. ACOG. Think You Have a Vaginal Infection? Here’s What You Need to Know. 3 April 2024 Retrieved from  

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