Yeast Infections Overview:
Vaginal yeast infection (vulvovaginal candidiasis) is a growth of the fungus Candida albicans. Yeast are organisms that usually live on the skin and inside the vagina. The acidity of the vagina usually prevents yeast infections. When the acidity of the vagina drops, yeast begin to grow and cause a yeast infection. While having a yeast infection is extremely uncomfortable, it is not a serious condition. Yeast infections can go away on their own, or medications can be used.
Yeast Infections Causes:
Yeast infections are more widespread amongst women of child bearing age, but can occur in all women. Certain factors increase the likelihood of a yeast infection: antibiotics, immune system problems, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, or corticosteroids, diabetes and other diseases, being pregnant; douching; and wearing tight-fitting clothes. Irritation or an excess of moisture can also lead to a vaginal yeast infection.
Yeast Infections Symptoms:
Symptoms commonly associated with vaginal yeast infections often include: itching and burning that can become severe, discharge that is chunky or resembles cottage cheese, pain during intercourse and urinating, swelling of the vulva (area around the vagina), and redness around the vagina.