Yeast infections are a fact of life for more than 75 percent of women. Marla Ahlgrimm says that overaggressive treatment may be making them worse in the long-term as the human body learns to resist certain antifungal medications.
We all know that taking too many antibiotics can make them less effective. But now research suggests that women who experience regular yeast infections may become less able to heal when using azoles, a type of antifungal medications commonly used to treat this troublesome condition.
According to Marla Ahlgrimm, azoles are usually the go-to first line of defense against vaginal infections. However, over-use has created an epidemic of resistance, leaving women at the mercy of stronger medications with potentially unwelcomed side effects. That’s assuming the body responds to treatment at all.
Marla Ahlgrimm laments that overuse of OTC and RX antifungals has created an entire subgroup of women who must live with a continual yeast infection. This can cause significant issues in a woman’s overall quality of life, including her intimate relationships. A yeast infection, claims Marla Ahlgrimm, doesn’t stop with subjective symptoms, although pain and burning when urinating are common. Women with a yeast infection may suffer with unattractive and foul-smelling discharge from the vagina.
Thankfully, there are ways to lower the chances of developing a chronic yeast infection, says Marla Ahlgrimm. The retired pharmacists recommends that women complete their entire course of medication when prescribed. Infections that are only partially cured can come back with a vengeance and are harder to treat. She also notes that a small amount of discharge is not abnormal and should not be treated as a yeast infection right away as antifungals don’t discriminate. They kill the natural yeast the body needs to remain healthy.