Yeast Infections

A common occurrence of women is yeast infections. These happen for a variety of reasons; it seems that almost anything can cause a yeast infection. If you feel itching, burning, or discomfort then you may have one. At WellCare we offer prescription medicine to treat yeast infections so you can go back to living comfortably, sooner.


Are Yeast Infections Common?

A yeast infection is caused by an infection from a fungus. The human body normally contains a small amount of fungus, but in some cases, a particular type of fungus may overwhelm your body, leading to uncomfortable health issues. This condition is also known as candidiasis, and a yeast infection of the vagina in adult females is common. However, males and children can also have a yeast infection on the skin or in the mouth. Yeast infections are not dangerous, but the conditions are often transmissible, and there are side effects of this medical issue.

What Are the Symptoms That Occur with a Yeast Infection?

When you are trying to determine if you have a yeast infection, here are some of the symptoms that are associated with this condition:

  • White patches on the inner cheeks or the roof of the mouth
  • Vaginal discharge with thick white lumps
  • Discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • A burning sensation while urinating
  • The vulva can swell and become red
  • Itching sensations in the vulva and the vagina

What Can Cause a Yeast Infection?

It is important to visit a physician at an urgent care clinic to determine if you have contracted a yeast infection from sexual activity.

However, there are other ways to become infected with a fungal infection, including:

  • Hormone therapy can change the way that your body fights against fungus
  • Having an impaired immune system that can’t control fungus growth
  • Having diabetes mellitus can make you more susceptible to having a yeast infection
  • During pregnancy, a woman is more likely to have a yeast infection
  • Using birth control can change the level of fungus in your body
  • Antibiotic use can destroy the good bacteria that prevent fungal overgrowth

Diagnosing and Treating Yeast Infections

Diagnosing a yeast infection will include a physical examination along with collecting your sexual history. A physician can collect a sample of the yeast from the mouth, skin, or vulva to perform a culture test. Depending on how you contracted the yeast infection, you can use anti-fungal ointments, or alternatively, you may need prescription oral medication. If you have contracted a yeast infection from sexual activity, then a physician will want to test you for other sexually transmitted diseases. Avoid using at-home treatments for yeast infections if you are pregnant. By ingesting probiotic supplements or eating foods such as yogurt, you can avoid having yeast infections.

Come into WellCare

Yeast infections are an uncomfortable occurrence that affects millions of people each year. This condition is not serious but treatment is needed so that it can be resolved. Come into WellCare Urgent Care Center to get a proper diagnosis and treatment for the yeast infection.

Should I visit Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

Urgent Care

When you have any medical condition that is non-life threatening or have general medical needs, then an Urgent Care center can take care of these. WellCare Urgent Care takes care of a variety of medical concerns such as the flu, vaccinations, physicals, allergy symptoms, and more.

WellCare Urgent care is convenient because it is quick and cost-effective.

Average visit time: 1 hour
Average cost: $150

Emergency Room

Emergency care is necessary when you are suffering from a life-threatening condition. This could be a heart attack, stroke, head injury, or other trauma that requires more advanced treatment. If you or someone you love has a life-threatening illness or injury, then you need to call 911 and get to the closest Emergency Room.

Emergency Rooms, while the best option for serious trauma, do take time and are costly.

Average Time Spent: 4.5 hours
Average Cost Per Visit: $1700

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