What is a yeast infection?
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.