Below The Belt Health Tips!

Health Tips presented by Tellier Guardian Pharmacy: February 23rd, 2017

Got that itchy feeling?

Do you think you might have a yeast infection and are too shy to ask questions?  Three out of four women will have a yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. It’s a common condition and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

A yeast infection is an overgrowth of yeast in your vagina, leading to uncomfortable symptoms such as:

  • itching and burning in and around your vagina
  • burning sensation when urinating (peeing)
  • vaginal pain or discomfort during sex
  • vaginal discharge that may look like cottage cheese (it may also be thinner or absent)

Are you at risk of a yeast infection? Since 75% of women will have at least one yeast infection in their lifetime, the answer is yes. Yeast infections are most common when a woman is in her 20s, 30s, and 40s.

http://chealth.canoe.com/channel/yeast-infection/the-facts-about-yeast-infection/what-are-yeast-infections

Men can also get yeast infections!

One of the most common causes of a penile yeast infection is unprotected sexual intercourse with a woman who has a vaginal yeast infection.  Aside from sex with a partner who has a yeast infection, several other risk factors can increase your odds of developing a penile yeast infection. Being uncircumcised is a major risk factor, as the area under the foreskin can be a breeding ground for candida.

http://www.healthline.com/health/mens-health/penile-yeast-infection#Overview1

Diaper rash in babies is also commonly knows as a yeast infection.  If you suspect you have a yeast infection, visit your doctor or come as speak with one of your friendly neighbourhood pharmacists at Tellier Pharmacy.

 

Let’s talk about sex

No one really talks about it, but sexually transmissible infections (STIs) are really common. Anyone who is sexually active runs the risk of getting an STI – that’s just reality.   Aside from colds and the flu, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are some of the most widespread infections in the world. STIs affect both men and women, and almost half of all STIs occur in people younger than 25 years old.

The good news is, if you use a condom when you have sex you can massively reduce the risk of an STI. Make sure you chat to your doctor about any concerns or symptoms you might be experiencing. Most STIs can be tested for and most STIs can be treated with no dramas whatsoever.

https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Health/Pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=stdis&#hw102096

Speak with your doctor for more information

 

Learn about your urinary system health

Many people will have some kind of urinary problem or injury in their lifetime. Urinary problems can range from minor to serious. And sometimes these problems can start with the same symptoms. For example, pain during urination can be a symptom of both kidney stones and urinary tract infections. So it can be hard to tell which one is causing the problem.

But you can be prepared. Some common urinary problems may need only home treatment. But other more serious problems may need a doctor’s care. Knowing the symptoms of urinary problems and your treatment options can help you take the best care of yourself.  Click the link to get info on the topics that can help you learn more about your symptoms and care options.

https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Health/Pages/conditions.aspx?hwId=center1037

 

Update on Zika Virus

Zika virus is an infection that spreads to humans when they are bitten by an infected mosquito. Zika virus can also be transmitted through sexual contact with an infected person and, in very rare cases, may be transmitted through blood transfusions from infected donors.

About 20% of people who are infected will experience symptoms which can include fever, headache, conjunctivitis (pink eye), rash, and joint and muscle pain for a few days. Most people who are infected will not have any symptoms.  Click here for the latest info and travel precaution tips.

http://www.health.alberta.ca/health-info/zika-virus.html

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