If you have not had a yeast infection yet, you probably will. Three out of four women will have one at some point in their lives.
Yeast infection is caused by disruption of the vagina's natural balance of healthy bacteria. Then yeast, technically the fungus candida, grow out of control. Yeast infection symptoms can mimic other conditions, like bacterial vaginosis.
A yeast infection may also be confused for an allergic reaction. The most common yeast infection symptoms are irritation, itchiness and a thick, white discharge. There is usually no odour with a yeast infection. In several cases, yeast infections can cause swelling, redness or painful sex and urination.
See a doctor if you have never had a yeast infection before, if it turns out something else is wrong, you might prolong symptoms by trying to treat it at home.
Symptoms usually improve within a few days with the right treatment. Antifungal treatments for yeast infections include RX pills and OCT creams, if you had a yeast infection before, your doctor may give you the clear to try OCT remedies.
A yeast infection is not sexually transmitted. Sex can throw off the balance of bacteria in your vagina, however, increasing your risk for yeast overgrowth.
Yeast thrives in warm and wet environments. Change out a sweaty workout clothes or wet bathing suits, especially if you know you are prone to yeast infections.
Anything that alters your hormone levels is a risk factor for yeast infections, that includes switching to a new birth control pill or facing too much stress. Taking antibiotics can also increase your risk of a yeast infection.
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