Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to common questions about yeast infections and homeopathic medicine. If you have additional questions, please contact us.
1. What is a yeast infection?
A vaginal yeast infection is an excess growth of yeast cells in the vagina. Yeast infections are very common, affecting most women at least once, and nearly 50% of women at least twice, in their lifetime. Although they are uncomfortable, vaginal yeast infections rarely lead to serious health problems
2. What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
The most common symptoms of yeast infection include:
- Vaginal itch or soreness
- Thick, white, cheese-like discharge - although some women have no noticeable discharge
- "Burning" discomfort around the vaginal opening, especially during urination
- Pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse
3. What causes yeast infection?
A healthy vagina normally contains a balance of many healthy bacteria and small numbers of yeast cells. These healthy bacteria, or vaginal flora, help prevent other organisms, such as yeast, from growing in excess and causing an infection.
When this normal balance of organisms in the vagina is disrupted, yeast can overgrow, causing symptoms. This imbalance can be caused by many factors, including use of oral contraceptives or antibiotics, stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, illness, pregnancy, age or menstruation. Women with immune-suppressing diseases such as diabetes and HIV are also at increased risk.
4. Is there anything I can do to reduce the frequency of yeast infection?
Although it may not be possible to completely avoid yeast infection, there are things you can do to minimize your risk:
- Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nonfat dairy products
- Wear cotton and avoid tight fitting clothing
- After using the toilet, wipe from front to back to avoid spreading yeast from the anus to the vagina
- Avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics
- If you suffer from frequent symptooms, take Yeast-Gard Advanced Capsules on a daily basis to support your body's natural defenses and promote balance
Although yeast infections of the vagina are probably the most familiar form of vaginitis to women, they are actually much less common than Bacterial Vaginosis. In fact, BV is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age. Is it caused by an overgrowth of bacteria that are usually present in the vagina. If you have BV, you may develop a grayish-white, foul-smelling discharge that has an elevated pH above 4.5. The odor, often described as fish-like, may be more obvious after sexual intercourse or your period. For more information on BV and available over-the-counter treatment and symptom relief options, visit www.vHessentials.com.
1. What is Homeopathy?
The practice of homeopathic medicine, or homeopathy, has existed for more than 200 years and is based on the Principle of Similars, loosely translated as “Like cures like”. This principle asserts that pharmacologically-active ingredients producing a characteristic set of symptoms at a higher dose can relieve or cure similar symptoms when given at a much lower dose.
2. How do Homeopathic Medicines work?
Homeopathic medicines attempt to stimulate a response by the body's own healing mechanisms. In other words, homeopathic medicines harness the power of the body’s own immune system by imposing a gentle stimulus, and then letting your natural defenses do the rest.
3. What are Homeopathic Medicines?
Homeopathic medicines are derived from natural botanical, mineral or biological substances and are classified as either over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription (Rx) drug products. After demonstrating conformance to established safety and efficacy criteria, approved homeopathic medicines are listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS) where they are indicated for relief of specific symptoms at specified OTC and Rx dose potencies.
4. How Potent are Homeopathic Medicines?
In contrast to conventional medicines, homeopathic medicines are believed to be more effective when they are diluted. The potencies of homeopathic medicines are specified in terms of dilution, i.e., 1x (1/10 dilution), 2x (1/100 dilution), etc.
5. How are OTC Homeopathic Medicines Delivered?
Homeopathic OTC medicines are available in numerous product and dosage forms. Homeopathic medicines may be delivered to the body in the form of capsules, creams, eye drops, gels, granules, liquids, lozenges, nasal sprays, ointments, pills, tablets, suppositories, and syrups.
6. What are OTC Homeopathic Products used to Treat?
OTC homeopathic products, like other drug products sold over-the-counter, are indicated for treatment of self-limiting conditions with recognizable symptoms amenable to self-diagnosis. On the other hand, homeopathic and other drug products indicated for conditions that are not self-limiting and amenable to self-diagnosis require a prescription and consultation with a healthcare provider.
7. Are Homeopathic Products Safe?
Because homeopathic medicines deliver very small amounts of active ingredient, they are widely considered safe for use. Despite extensive marketing history, very few side effects have been reported in association with use of homeopathic remedies. However as with all other medicines, the user should read the product label carefully prior to taking any homeopathic medicine, comply with all instructions for use, and consult a health care provider or pharmacist with any special health related questions or concerns regarding potential drug interactions.
8. Are Homeopathic Products Regulated by the FDA?
Homeopathic products are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and classified as drugs under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Homeopathic medicines must comply with FDA labeling requirements and be manufactured in accordance with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). Manufacturers of homeopathic products are required to register with the FDA and are subject to FDA inspections. As with all medicines, homeopathic manufacturers must report any serious adverse reactions to FDA.