A vaginal yeast infection is an infection resulting from the overgrowth of yeast, which is a type of fungus.
Also called candida vaginitis or vulvovaginal candidiasis, yeast infections are most commonly caused by the fungus Candida albicans.
They can also be caused by other Candida species, including C. glabrata, C. parapsilosis, C. tropicalis, and C. krusei.
Up to 75% of women will get a vaginal yeast infection at least once in their lives, and 40 to 50 % of women will experience more than one infection, according to research published in The Lancet.
What's more, 5 to 8 % of women experience recurrent or chronic yeast infections, and come down with four or more yeast infections in a single year.
Additionally, men can get yeast infections in their genitals, mouths, and other areas.
With treatment, most yeast infections take between three and seven days to clear up. If symptoms persist for more than a week, check with your doctor to rule out a more serious condition.
Women should see a healthcare provider the first time vaginal yeast infection symptoms occur or if they are unsure as to whether they have a yeast infection. If certain, the condition can be treated with over-the-counter s. However, if symptoms do not respond to one course of over-the-counter s, yeast infection may not be the problem. Pregnant women or those with weakened immune systems should contact a doctor before beginning any over-the-counter self-treatment. Women who experience recurrent vaginal yeast infections, or yeast infections that do not clear up with treatment, should immediately contact a healthcare provider for professional diagnosis and management. If a woman has more than four episodes of vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) in a year, she is deemed to have recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis.
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Yeast infections are caused by the proliferation of normally growing fungi which occur in small concentrations in the vagina. This overgrowth inflames the vagina and creates discharge, odor, irritation, and/or itching. Normally growing bacteria in the body typically keep yeast fungi in check. If the natural balance of microorganisms is altered, the yeast may multiply and become the dominant organism in the vagina. This phenomenon is so common that most women experience a yeast infection at least once during their lives.
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