VAGINAL CANDIDIASSIS

VAGINAL CANDIDIASSISWhat is it?Vaginal candidiasis refers to fungal infection of the vagina.Symptoms: itching, vaginal discharge, usually white-may be scanty and watery or profuse and thick. The vulva may be red and swollen and there may be small fissures or cracks.Causes: The Candida albicans fungus, Trigger factors include: Pregnancy, diabetes mellitus, stress, hypothyroidism, anaemia and oral contraceptives.Possible complications: recurrenceTreatment in the home: Scrupulous personal hygiene, don’t wear nylon underclothes. Unlike cotton wool nylon does not ‘breath’ and therefore offers a warm, moist breeding area for infection.When to consult a doctor: As

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VARICOSE VEINS

VARICOSE VEINSWhat is it?Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins just under the skin. They usually occur in the legs and women are more frequently affected than men.Symptoms: Prominent, bluish swollen veins in the legs. The veins in the back of the calf and along the inside of the leg are most commonly affected. Swelling of the feet and ankles, itchy skin, symptoms may be worse just before and during menses.Causes: Poor circulation in the legs, usually as a result of damage to the valves in the vein, Tends to run in families.

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