Chronic vaginitis refers to repeated vaginal infections that can have a number of different causes. If you suffer from chronic vaginitis, you may experience discomfort, itching, discharge, and pain during urination and intercourse. It’s important to seek treatment for chronic vaginal infections to prevent long-term complications and improve your quality of life. For some infections, such as those caused a candida fungus overgrowth, a candida specialist in New York, NY, can provide treatments that finally prevent infections from returning.
What are Some of the Causes of Chronic Vaginitis?
There are four main triggers of vaginitis: yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, and vaginal atrophy. Yeast infections are caused by a fungus overgrowth, usually candida. Bacterial vaginosis is caused by a decrease in healthy bacteria in the vagina alongside an increase in bacteria that are associated with an infection, trichomoniasis—also called trich—is a sexually transmitted parasite. Vaginal atrophy—also called atrophic vaginitis—occurs when tissue in the vagina shrinks and thins due to a decrease in estrogen. Most cases of chronic vaginitis are caused by yeast infections.
What are Some Causes of Candida Overgrowth?
Candida overgrowth can occur for many different reasons, including taking antibiotics and having uncontrolled diabetes. If you experience more than four yeast infections in a year, then you may be suffering from chronic candida overgrowth that is caused by a lack of immunity to candida. A specialist can determine how sensitive your body is to candida with a simple skin test. If you have a strong and immediate reaction to candida exposure, then you could lack the immunity you need to control candida growth.
What Treatments are Available?
A holistic approach to chronic yeast infection treatment can help you restore immunity so that your body can fight candida naturally. These treatments include following a yeast-free diet and then sublingual immunotherapy, which involves placing drops under the tongue to slowly increase the body’s exposure to candida to allow the immune system to build an appropriate response.