Candidiasis: Common Fungal Infection in Women

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What is a common risk factor for candidal vaginal infections in sexually active females?

High estrogen levels

Why are women using oral contraceptives more susceptible to vaginal candidal infections?

Oral contraceptives create a pseudopregnancy state

How does antibiotic use contribute to the susceptibility of women to candidal vaginal infections?

Destroys normal vaginal flora

Why are individuals with diabetes mellitus more prone to candidal infections?

Hyperglycemia provides a glucose-rich environment for candidal growth

What is the purpose of inserting a pH wand in the at-home test kit described in the text?

To compare the color of the swab to a pH color chart

Why is it advised to insert antifungal suppositories at bedtime?

To ensure the drug does not drain from the vagina immediately afterward

What is the recommended duration of using miconazole or clotrimazole for treating candidal infections?

Once a day for 3 to 7 days

When should the treatment of candidal infections not be interrupted?

During a menstrual period

Why might a urine test for glucose be recommended in individuals with frequent candidal infections?

To rule out diabetes mellitus

Why may treating candidiasis during pregnancy be particularly important?

Due to increased estrogen levels and risks associated with gestational diabetes

Learn about candidiasis, a common fungal infection that affects as many as 90% of women at some point in their lives. Explore the factors that contribute to candidal vaginal infections and how they are related to pregnancy, sexual activity, and the use of oral contraceptives.

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