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Today, treatments for yeast infections are available in your grocery store or pharmacy, over-the-counter. You don’t need to see a doctor in order to buy a treatment kit and use it. Because yeast infections are common, this helps millions of women. However, there are times when you should see a doctor before purchasing and using the medication.
What Are Vaginal Yeast Infections?
Yeast is a type of fungus. A yeast infection is caused when you have an overgrowth of the fungus called candida albicans in your vagina. Symptoms of a yeast infection include:
Redness, soreness and swelling of the vagina and vulva
Pain during sex or when urinating
Thick, white discharge that resembles cottage cheese
Rash on the vagina
You may have all of these symptoms or just a few. Symptoms can be mild or severe. Approximately three-fourths of women will have a yeast infection sometime in their life. Yeast infections are not STIs and are rarely transmitted during sex. Yeast infections can be uncomf...
Living with multiple sclerosis for more than 9 years now, I’ve come to be able to ‘read’ my disease fairly well. I can predict when symptoms may act up, such as during the summer heat and humidity, and I usually know when I should call the doctor . Earlier this spring, however, I completely misread my symptoms.
At first, I started experiencing urinary urgency and extra fatigue. My schedule had been very busy so I wasn’t surprised that I was feeling a little rundown. Over the years, bladder dysfunction has been one of my more mild MS symptoms, so I thought that I maybe I was on the verge of a relapse. But I didn’t want to call the neuro’s office because my schedule was just too busy to think about MS. That, and perhaps I was in a bit of denial.
Then I had a day or two of extraordinary pain upon urination with some visible blood in the bowl. Last year, I had experienced similar symptoms but twice tested ...
Long before I ever contracted herpes I often fell victim to yeast infections. At first I blamed it on my active aquatic lifestyle, which included swimming and surfing. Other times I’d blame it on my diet, which, although not poor, could always be improved on. More recently I started wondering whether taking an antiviral for herpes, Acyclovir, could be promoting yeast infections the way taking an antibiotic does. But before jumping to conclusions I decided to do some research.
Much more common in women than in men, yeast infections, thrush, or whatever you want to call it (the scientific name being Candidiasis) is really an overgrowth of the Candida fungus, or yeast, in the genital area (although it can occur in the mouth, or any mucous membrane, as well). Yeast in this area is naturally kept in check by healthy bacteria. When there are not enough healthy bacteria, or there is too much yeast, an infection can occur. So ...
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