Yeast Infections

What is a yeast infection?

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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


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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