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What causes a yeast infection

What causes a yeast infection

What causes a yeast infection

A yeast infection can happen when an imbalance of yeast and bacteria causes a change in the environment of your vagina, which allows the invading yeast to multiply and cause infection. This infection can mostly occur in a healthy body and healthy vagina, but can also happen in those who are sick, have diabetes or are taking oral contraceptives, have weakened immune system, or have been immunosuppressed.Vaginal yeast infections are very common, happening to over 1 million women in the United States each year. A type of vaginitis, a vaginal yeast infection is caused by a specific type of yeast called candida. You always have yeast in your body, but when it grows rapidly, you can get an infection.

Infection

Throughout your life, you may experience a vaginal yeast infection several times. Though uncomfortable, these infections are common. A vaginal yeast infection is a condition characterized by burning, itching, redness, and a white discharge from the vagina and vulva. These infections are caused by something that’s already in your body—a fungal body (yeast) called candida. Yeast is a type of fungus and candida is a specific type of yeast. When this yeast is balanced with the ecosystem of your body, there are no problems. But when that balance is disrupted, the yeast rapidly grows and you can get a yeast infection.

Vaginal yeast infections are also called vulvovaginal candidiasis or vaginal candidiasis. A vaginal yeast infection is actually a type of vaginitis, a condition where the vagina is swollen, painful and creates a discharge. There are several types of vaginitis—each with similar symptoms—but vaginal yeast infections are one of the most common. There are several conditions you can develop when candida goes out of balance. If you develop a lot of the fungus in your mouth, it’s called thrush. If it develops in your vagina, it’s a vaginal yeast infection. (Source: my.clevelandclinic.org)

Yeast

When you take an antibiotic medication that’s treating an infection of any type—a urinary tract infection (UTI) is one example. While treating this infection, good bacteria in the vagina is killed. This good bacteria was responsible for keeping the yeast in check. Without it, the balance is thrown off, leading to a yeast infection.

When thinking about treatment for a vaginal yeast infection, it is important to know that there are many different types of yeast. Your healthcare provider may discuss different types of treatment depending on the type of yeast infection. (Source:y.clevelandclinic.org)

 

 

 

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