Candidal yeast infections are an overgrowth of the yeast our body makes called Candida. It's always there, but sometimes it can multiply out of control when normal acidity and/or hormonal balance changes.
Although genital/vulvovaginal candidiaisis is common for adult women - nearly 75 percent of us have dealt with it at some point in our lives - Candidal yeast infections are also common in all girls and babies.
There are many ways that it yeast levels can get out of control - from using too much soap to wearing synthetic underwear. The body's bacterial balance can get thrown out of whack and Candida overgrows.
It's important to know what to look for if you think your daughter might be suffering from a yeast infection. Here are three signs:
1. Inflamed, Itchy Area
If your daughter complains of inflamed, itchieness around her genetial area, it's generally a sign that she may be developing a vaginal yeast infection. Redness around the labia, as well as dry, flaky skin in the same area are signs that you should visit the family doctor.
2. Cheesy Discharge
You might spot thick, white and curd-like discharge in her underwear. It is usually odorless, but you might detect a faint bread scent.
However, if there is a really strong odor, that means that the bad bacteria has taken over the good.
Sometimes when fighting other infections, antibiotics can also kill the good bacteria that keeps yeast in balance. If she has a sensitivity to antibiotics, she may have a flare up of Candida.
As always, be sure to get a proper diagnosis from your family doctor before buying any over-the-counter medications for yeast infections. Over-use of the medications can cause the yeast to become resistant to treatment.