Today, treatments for yeast infections are available in your grocery store or pharmacy, over-the-counter. You don’t need to see a doctor in order to buy a treatment kit and use it. Because yeast infections are common, this helps millions of women. However, there are times when you should see a doctor before purchasing and using the medication.
What Are Vaginal Yeast Infections?
Yeast is a type of fungus. A yeast infection is caused when you have an overgrowth of the fungus called candida albicans in your vagina. Symptoms of a yeast infection include:
Redness, soreness and swelling of the vagina and vulva
Pain during sex or when urinating
Thick, white discharge that resembles cottage cheese
Rash on the vagina
You may have all of these symptoms or just a few. Symptoms can be mild or severe. Approximately three-fourths of women will have a yeast infection sometime in their life. Yeast infections are not STIs and are rarely transmitted during sex. Yeast infections can be uncomf...
Definition A fluid imbalance refers to an abnormal level of fluids in the body. Causes, incidence, and risk factors Your body is constantly losing fluids through breathing, sweating, and urinating. If you do not take in enough fluids, you may become dehydrated . Your body may also have a hard time getting rid of fluids, allowing excess fluid to build up. This is called fluid overload. Many illnesses can cause fluid imbalance: It is common to retain large amounts of fluid for several days after surgery (causing swelling of the body). In heart failure , fluid collects in the lungs, liver, blood vessels, and body tissues because the heart does a poor job of pumping it to the kidneys where it can be eliminated. When the kidneys do not work well because of chronic kidney disease , the body cannot get rid of unneeded fluids. The body may lose too much fluid due to diarrhea , vomiting, excessive blood loss, or high fever. A fluid imbalance is often associated with imbalances of sodium, potassium (see: hyp...
Last year, I began doing pieces based on Edge questions. Edge, which bills itself as an online salon, annually asks a provocative question of leading scientists and writers and the like. Their answers are published as a series of books.
You can find my five previous bipolar takes to the following questions by clicking the links below:
What Have You Changed Your Mind About? Why?
What Scientific Concept Would Improve Everyone’s Cognitive Toolkit?
What Is Your Favorite Deep, Elegant, or Beautiful Explanation?
What Scientific Idea is Ready for Retirement?
What Do We Believe But Cannot Prove?
This year’s Edge question is framed as a statement: This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress.
This was an easy one: Chemical imbalance of the brain. The scientific community emphatically laid this idea to rest ages ago, but you wou...
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