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...
Having a yeast infection can make the ordinary discomforts women routinely endure (thong underwear, anyone?) seem like a walk in the park. A yeast infection can make simply walking in a straight line a heroic task. If you've ever suffered from a yeast infection, at least you know you're not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA, seventy-five percent of all women experience at least one vaginal candida or "yeast" infection during their lifetime. The signs of a yeast infection include the following: Vaginal itching Vaginal burning and soreness Thick whitish vaginal discharge Pain or discomfort during intercourse. Vaginal itching Vaginal burning and soreness Thick whitish vaginal discharge Pain or discomfort during intercourse The good news is that a yeast infection is not dangerous. It is usually not sexually transmitted. It does not spread to the ovaries or uterus. And it does not cause infertility. Yeast's Preferred Environment "Y...
Alternative Names Yeast infection - vagina; Vaginal candidiasis; Monilial vaginitis Prevention Avoid persistent and excessive moisture in the genital area by wearing underwear or pantyhose with cotton crotches, and loose-fitting slacks. Avoid wearing wet bathing suits or exercise clothing for long periods of time, and wash them after each use. References Nviriesy P. Vulvovaginal candidiasis and bacterial vaginosis. Infect Dis Clin North Am , 2008;22:637-652. Eckert LO, Lentz GM. Infections of the lower genital tract: vulva, vagina, cervix, toxic shock syndrome, HIV infections. In: Katz VL, Lentz GM, Lobo RA, Gershenson DM, eds. Comprehensive Gynecology . 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 22.
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