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Understanding Vaginal Yeast Infection Medications (cont.)

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.

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