Drug-Resistant Yeast Infections

Nothing will ruin your day like discovering you a yeast infection — well, except perhaps a UTI. They’re both absolutely awful, and I don’t wish either infection on my worst enemy (not that I have any). However, both infections should be easily treatable. In fact, yeast infections can even go away on their own, or at most, one tiny pill prescribed by your trusted gynecologist can clear up the infection within just a matter of days.

Yeast infections can become invasive, especially for those in recovery from having surgery. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have just announced a drug-resistant strain of yeast infection that is spreading worldwide — and fast.

A bacteria known as candida auris has been found in nine countries so far. It is usually found in patients with thrush, but it can spread to the urinary and respiratory tract. The potentially deadly strain can cause wound, ear, and bloodstream infections, and the mortality rate for those who fall victim is around 60%.

This rare, dangerous bacteria is not only resistant to anti-fungal drugs, but it’s also tough for doctors to identify in the lab. This has led to the strain being missed entirely during the treatment process. The CDC has placed all US healthcare facilities on alert for the multi-drug resistant yeast infection, but you can also do your part by making sure to discuss the infection with your gynecologist during your next visit.

Wash your hands on a regular basis, and use antibacterial soap when doing so. Keep your vaccinations up to date, and ONLY use antibiotics when you are prescribed by a trusted doctor. Take the full prescription — even if you feel your symptoms are gone — and never share antibiotics with another person.

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