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Answered 2010-10-03 14:35:17

Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus that usually lives harmless in your body already--whether you're sexually active or not. It's only when those populations grow out of control that you get an infection. Certain medications (especially antibiotics), obesity, Diabetes and any immune disorder are just a few of the things than can make it more likely that you'll develop a yeast infection. Yeast infections are very common and about 75% of women will have at least one in their lifetimes. Yeast infections usually result from an overgrowth of a species of fungus called Candida Albicans. They can occur on the skin, under nails or mucous membranes of the mouth, vagina, bronchi and lungs. Vaginal yeast infections are one of the most common reasons that women consult health care professionals. Men and women both can get yeast infections. A Yeast infection is simply caused by a override of the good bacteria in your Vagina which becomes infected. Wearing cotton underwear and washing daily with non perfumed soap will help restore your Vagina's natural balance and prevent Yeast infections.
An overgrowth of yeast in the vagina. This is not harmful but can cause itching in and around the vagina. There may also be a thickish white discharge. Yeast infections are quite common in pregnancy (also known as Candida). Your doctor may be able to prescribe something to clear it up.

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