Candidiasis in pregnancy – is it dangerous? what to do?

Candidiasis in pregnancy  is more common than at any other time in a woman’s life, especially during the second trimester of pregnancy . You may notice an increase in the amount of thin, white, strange-smelling flow. This is a common and normal symptom in the second trimester.

If you think you may be suffering from a vaginal yeast infection, the following information will prepare you to discuss the possibility with your doctor. While vaginal yeast infections have no major negative effects on pregnancy, they are often more difficult to control during pregnancy, causing significant discomfort for you. Don’t waste time looking for treatment.

What is Candidiasis in Pregnancy?

Vaginal yeast infection occurs when the normal levels of acid and candida (fungus) in the vagina are out of balance, which allows Candida to overgrow causing an uncomfortable but not serious condition called vaginal thrush.

It is common for candidiasis to develop during pregnancy; Estrogen levels are modified, favoring the growth of the fungus Candida albicans and its adherence to the walls of the vagina. The uncontrolled proliferation of this fungus in the gestation period can result in candidiasis, whether vaginal or intestinal, you have to try to avoid problems for the pregnant mother and baby.

To cure candidiasis in time, it is important to know what it is and what its causes are. At Biosalud Day Hospital, we look for the origin of the disease and establish a personalized treatment protocol for each patient that allows us to end the disease and eliminate the risk to the baby’s health.

If you have never been diagnosed or treated by a doctor for a vaginal yeast infection (Vaginal Candidiasis) and you have some of the symptoms, you should see your doctor first for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

What Causes Candidiasis in Pregnancy?

A vaginal yeast infection can be caused by one or more of the following:

  • Hormonal changes that accompany pregnancy or before your period.
  • Take hormones or birth control pills.
  • Take antibiotics or steroids.
  • High blood sugar, as in diabetes .
  • Vaginal sexual intercourse.
  • showers.
  • Blood or semen.

Why Is Vaginal Candidiasis More Common During Pregnancy?

Your body is going through a lot of changes right now, and it’s hard for your body to keep up with the chemical changes in the vaginal environment. There is sugar in the vaginal secretions which the yeast can feed on, causing an imbalance, which results in excess fungus.

Will Candidiasis Affect My Baby?

No, thrush in pregnancy will not harm or affect your baby. However, if you have an infection during childbirth, there is a possibility that your baby will get it. If you can, you can get candida fungus in your mouth, which is known as oral thrush (thrush or milkweed).

Oral thrush is characterized by white patches on the sides of the mouth, on the palate, and sometimes on the tongue. It is not serious and is easily treated. (Babies can develop thrush in the mouth even if you don’t have vaginal thrush.)

What Are The Symptoms Of Candidiasis In Pregnancy?

Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection can include one or more of the following:

  • Also, vaginal discharge that is usually white in color, similar to cottage cheese, and may smell like yeast/bread.
  • Another type of flux that can be greenish or yellowish, also similar to cottage cheese and can smell like yeast/bread.
  • In addition, abundant amount of flow.
  • Redness, itching or irritation of the lips of the vagina.
  • Also, burning when urinating or having sex.

What Else Could I Experience?

If you have symptoms similar to a vaginal yeast infection, but a doctor has ruled out that diagnosis, you may have one of the following options:

How Can I Know For Sure If I Have Candidiasis During Pregnancy?

In your doctor’s office or medical clinic, the doctor will use a simple, painless cotton swab to collect vaginal discharge and examine it under a microscope. Usually, after a simple examination of the vagina, the doctor can diagnose a vaginal yeast infection. Also, in some rare cases, the culture may be sent to a laboratory.

How is Candidiasis in Pregnancy Treated?

During pregnancy, doctors only recommend vaginal creams and suppositories. Oral medication, Diflucan (a single-dose medication), has not been shown to be safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding. If left untreated, vaginal yeast infections can be passed into your baby’s mouth during delivery. This is called milkweed and is effectively treated with Nystatin.

It can take 10 to 14 days to feel relief or completely clear your thrush infection in pregnancy . Also, after the infection has cleared and the sores have healed, it may be helpful to use a dry non-starch powder or Nystatin powder to prevent a recurring infection.

How Can I Prevent Candidiasis in Recurrent Pregnancy:

Most vaginal yeast infections can usually be prevented by doing the following:

  • Wearing cotton underwear that is loose and breathable and cotton underwear.
  • Also, after regular and thorough washing, use the hair dryer with fresh air to help dry your genital area.
  • Always wipe from front to back after using the bathroom.
  • Also, shower immediately after swimming. Change your bathing suit, training clothes or other wet clothes as soon as possible.
  • Do not use showers; and do not use feminine hygiene sprays, sanitary pads and tampons containing deodorant, bubble bath, colored or scented toilet paper.
  • Also, include yogurt with “lactobacillus acidophilus” in your diet.
  • Limit your consumption of sugar, as sugar promotes fungus growth.
  • Also, get enough rest to make it easier for your body to fight infections.

When Should I Call My Doctor?

If you are experiencing the symptoms described in this article, call your doctor now. Also, vaginal yeast infections have similar symptoms to other infections such as sexually transmitted diseases. Correct diagnosis every time you experience these symptoms is vital for the most effective immediate treatment, or your condition could worsen.

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If you don’t see any improvement within three days, or if your symptoms get worse or return after treatment, you should contact your doctor again.

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