Fungal infections in the vagina are very common. There is almost no woman who at least once in her life has not experienced unpleasant itching, bad vaginal odor, thick, sticky discharge. These are the most obvious symptoms of the fungal infection.
It is considered completely normal for a vaginal yeast infection to occur under certain conditions. Whether it will be insufficient good hygiene after sex, lack of precautions during sexual intercourse or infection with the fungus candida albicans from some surface, pool, sauna - it does not matter, as long as it is not too frequent.
But if you suffer from vaginal yeast several times a year, it's already a concern.
Too frequent yeast infections can be a sign of diabetes.
This is according to a study by scientists from the Mayo Clinic.
Women with undiagnosed or poorly controlled diabetes have frequent vaginal infections, mostly fungal.
What is this due to?
The candida fungus "feeds" on the sugars in the vaginal discharge. In diabetics with high blood sugar that is not well controlled, there is an overgrowth of fungal microorganisms.
Frequent yeast infections should be investigated by a specialist doctor to determine if they are due to undiagnosed diabetes. Recurrent candidiasis is a sign of diabetes, but it is still not a mandatory indicator of this disease.
Recurrent vaginal candidiasis can also be provoked by HIV infection. Due to the weakened immune system in this disease, the natural yeast in the vaginal flora multiply uncontrollably, causing infection.
In any case, it is mandatory to consult a doctor, who will do the necessary tests and find out what is causing the fungal infection. Do not self-medicate.