Yeast infection treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions
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Can a doctor treat a yeast infection on Maple?
Yes, you can. If you’re showing symptoms or signs of a yeast infection, the doctor will want to discuss your medical history. They will also likely want to arrange a physical examination.
In some cases, the doctor may suggest having secretions from the affected area tested before offering a yeast infection diagnosis or recommending yeast infection treatments.
Can I get a prescription on Maple?
Yes, our physicians can prescribe yeast infection medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription for yeast infections, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or to have it delivered right to your door at no additional cost.
You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
What is a yeast infection?
Yeast is a fungus normally found on our skin and on some mucus membranes.
Yeast infections are fungal infections that occur when the natural yeast on our bodies begins to grow out of control.
Most frequently, yeast infections happen to women. These appear in the vagina, and are called also vaginal candidiasis – although anyone can experience a yeast infection.
Some other possible locations that can experience a yeast infection include:
- Mouth (thrush)
- Skin folds
- Under breasts
- Nail beds (soft pink tissue underneath your nail plate)
- Corners of the mouth
What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
Symptoms of yeast infections differ depending on the site affected. The most common symptoms and signs of yeast infections include:
- Itching or burning sensations
- Rashes at the affected area
- Redness or soreness
- Clear, white, or yellow discharge (white discharge may have a cottage cheese appearance) (vulvovaginitis)
- White patches on the penis with associated burning and itching (balanitis)
- Cottony feeling in the mouth (thrush)
- Loss of taste (thrush)
- Painful swallowing (esophagitis)
These signs of a yeast infection will appear around the infected area, and can range from mild to moderate.
What causes yeast infections?
Yeast infections are caused when yeast “overgrows”, usually in warm or moist conditions. Yeast infections can also be caused by damage to your skin, or if you have a weak immune system.
Some other potential yeast infection causes that can lead to overgrowth include:
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Oral contraceptives or hormone therapies that increase estrogen levels
- Antibiotics (that kill the healthy bacteria which keep yeast in balance)
How are yeast infections diagnosed?
The doctor may be able to provide a yeast infection diagnosis by obtaining a history of presenting symptoms. They’ll also want to complete a physical examination of the affected area.
In some cases, before providing a yeast infection diagnosis, the doctor may suggest that secretions from the infection be sent for testing. This will help determine the type of fungus causing the infection, so that the doctor can recommend appropriate yeast infection treatments.
How are yeast infections treated?
For most yeast infection cases, the infection will be mild to moderate severity.
Vaginal yeast infection treatments for these types of infections could involve short-course or single-dose oral or intravaginal prescription yeast infection medications.
Other yeast infection treatments for less serious cases could involve prescription yeast infection medications that are provided as creams or suppositories. In the case of oral thrush yeast infections, a medicated mouthwash may be recommended.
When yeast infection symptoms become severe or recurrent, long-course or multi-dose oral prescription yeast infection medications may be recommended.
Less frequently, the doctor may suggest azole resistant therapy in cases where the fungal infection is resistant to antifungal medications.
When to see a doctor for yeast infections?
If you’re experiencing symptoms or signs of a yeast infection, it’s a good idea to talk to a doctor.
Yeast infections won’t normally go away on their own. Ignoring the condition may only cause it to become more severe with time.
Most of the time, you may require prescription yeast infection medications in order to treat the infection.
What is Maple?
With Maple, you can start talking to a doctor about your yeast infection symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.
You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video. You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.
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