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What is a Vaginal Yeast Infection?
A vaginal yeast infection is when there is an overgrowth of normally occurring yeast (candida albicans) in your vagina. It is sometimes called monilia or candidiasis. Approximately 75 percent of all women experience a yeast infection sometime in their life. What Are the Symptoms of a Vaginal Yeast Infection? The most obvious symptom of a yeast infection is a white discharge from your vagina. This discharge is thick and lumpy, resembling cottage cheese. Some women also experience itching, soreness, irritation or burning in the vaginal area. You may notice a rash or redness outside the vagina and may experience pain during intercourse. What Causes Yeast Infections? The fungal organism, candida albicans, causes the majority of yeast infection. The yeast normally lives in your gastrointestinal tract, mucous membranes of your vagina, mouth and nose, and your skin. Usually, your body keeps candida albicans low through naturally produced bacteria. Howe...
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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