Vaginal Yeast Infection Treatment
Vaginal Yeast Infection Overview
Yeast infections are overgrowths of normally growing fungi in the vagina. 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 upset, the yeast may grow out of control. This is so common that most women experience a yeast infection at some time in their lives. Disruption of this natural balance may occur with any of the following:
Vaginal Yeast Infection Causes
Vaginal yeast infections are caused by a fungus. The most common fungus women acquire is called Candida albicans. This condition is also called candidiasis, genital candidiasis, or vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC). In stubborn cases, there may be a resistant yeast organism or a mixed infection with Candida as one of the organisms. Yeast infection can spread to other parts of the body, including skin, mucous membranes, heart valves, the esophagus, and other areas. Rarely, yeast infection can cause life-threatening systemic infections, typically in people with weakened immune defenses. For more, please read the Vaginal Yeast Infection article.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/31/2014
Mary L Windle, PharmD
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