I am 13 I have symptoms of a yeast infection going to the doctor isn't an option for me, so I'm thinking of getting over the counter treatment however it will take a while until I am able to get them so how long do u think I could wait to get the medicine, is it possible it could go away on its own? Thanks for reading.
You can get a good background on yeast infections by checking TeenHealthFX’s response to Can A Yeast Infection Go Away By Itself? A yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of Candida Albicans. Yeast is found naturally in your body at all times. The acidity level (pH) in our body keeps it in check. Sometimes our pH level drops and we are susceptible to an overgrowth of the fungus. This results in a yeast infection. Some commons things that lower your pH level are antibiotics, menstruation and stress. Many women get yeast infections just before their period.
A yeast infection will not go away by itself and does require treatment with antifungal medications, many of which you can get over the counter. The problem is that you need to see a doctor to make sure that it really is a yeast infection that is causing you discomfort. If you have just finished a course of antibiotics, and you're suffering from a fungal infection you have a high chance of having the yeast infection in your intestines as well. If this is left untreated your symptoms will be a lot more than just an itching and burning sensation
It would be helpful to know why going to a doctor is not an option. If it is a financial issue there are public clinics or Planned Parenthood; both of them work on a sliding scale and can help you get the treatment you need at very low cost. Once again TeenHealthFX strongly feels that seeing a doctor is very important so that you have the right diagnosis.
If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Morristown 973-971-6475 or the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Summit at 908-522-5757 for an appointment. Outside this area contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood.