yeast infection?

April 19th, 2014 by Emily
yeast infection babies
by jon.hayes

Question: yeast infection?
What is a yeast infection? What causes it? and how do u kno if u have it? and what happens if u dont go to the doc?


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Answer by starkisses24
A yeast infection is an imbalance in the good bacteria in your vagina. You will know you have it because it will itch, there will be a discharge, and you might even have swelling and redness. There are very effective over the counter medicines that work to get rid of the yeast infection, but you might want to get it checked out if it is your first one to make sure it isn’t anything more serious.

You can prevent yeast infections by wearing cotton underwear (for absorbency) and keeping the area dry and clean, however, if you take antibiotics, it can cause the inbalance and you would get one anyway. Sometimes something as easy as PMS would cause it as well.

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7 Comments on “yeast infection?”

  1. Becky J says:

    Anal sex can also be a cause.

  2. sabrinaelder says:

    A vaginal yeast infection is an excess growth of yeast cells in the vagina. Yeast infections are very common in women of childbearing age but can occur at any age. Although they can be uncomfortable, vaginal yeast infections rarely lead to serious health problems.

    A healthy vagina normally contains many bacteria and small numbers of yeast cells. The most common bacteria found in the vagina, Lactobacillus acidophilus, help prevent other organisms, such as yeast, from growing in excess and causing an infection. About 70% to 90% of yeast infections are caused by a strain of yeast called Candida albicans.

    When there is a change in the normal balance of organisms in the vagina, yeast can overgrow, causing symptoms. This imbalance can be caused by many factors, including use of broad-spectrum antibiotics for other conditions, high estrogen levels (as during pregnancy or hormone replacement therapy), or certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or HIV infection.

  3. modmodmuslimah says:

    It is basically an overgrowth of Candida a yeast that is normally in your vagina, but for some reason has multiplied. Many reasons for this is when a women takes an antibiotic, and it kills some of the good bacteria allowing the candida to grow. It is basically a burning itch. I would definately not let this go without talking to your mom about the Doctor. many treatments are over the counter. I may get really bad, and very very uncomfortable. It is not too much to worry about, if you treat it. Talk to your mom or another women to help you.

  4. Smurfalls says:

    A yeast infection is the growth of candida (a certain kind of yeast) in various parts of the body. You can have yeast in your mouth, vagina, nipples, and other places. Men can get them, too. Babies often get them in their mouths (this is normally called thrush).

    If you’re referring to vaginal yeast infections, signs include cottage cheese-like discharge and itching. Only a doctor can official diagnose one, but there are tests that you can buy OTC that will show you what your vaginal pH is. If your pH is high, you could have something more serious, like bacterial vaginosis (which is much different than candida yeast infections). If your pH is normal, and you still have those symptoms, you probably have a normal yeast infection.

    You don’t necessarily have to go to the doctor, but if it’s your first yeast infection, I would at least call the doctor. They’ll probably recommend an OTC treatment like Monistat, or they might give you something by Rx, like Diflucan, which is a pill you take orally.

    Also, if you’re pregnant, always see a doctor if you have those symptoms.

    Yeast infections can be cause by antibiotic use. Antibiotics deplete your body’s supply of good bacteria, which help fight off yeast growth. Washing with harsh soaps can also do the same, so it’s best to use only water when washing your vulva. Diabetics are also prone to yeast infections, as are pregnant women. I am both diabetic, pregnant, and on antibiotics, so needless to say, I have experience with them.

    I prefer Yeast Arrest as a treatment. You can buy them at your local health food store, like Whole Foods. In my experience, they work much better than OTC antifungals, but always ask your doctor before using anything, mainly if this is your first yeast infection. Good luck!

  5. gypsyveg says:

    Yeast is a fungus, Candida. When you have a yeast infection, it’s an overrun of the fungus.

    Signs of yeast infections:
    White, cottage cheese-like discharge
    Swelling and pain around the vulva
    Intense itching

    If it is a mild infection, having your period can change your pH and make it go away. Other times, you need treatment – Monistat is sold over-the-counter at most grocery stores as well as drug stores.

  6. pretzypie says:

    Only a doctor can tell for sure if you have a yeast infection by taking a swab and run some tests. Most of us can sometimes tell by the feel, look, and smell that you have a yeast infection. If your symptoms don’t match this list, or you are confused or uncertain, go see your doctor if at all possible.

    It feels like an intense itching, burning sensation, localized in your vagina and vulva. This itching is not always present, but can get really bad, so bad you can hardly walk, let alone sit still or concentrate on anything.

    It looks like clumpy white stuff. Most medical descriptions compare the discharge to ricotta cheese, but it can range from thick and not clumpy to faintly yellow to thin and clear.

    It smells like bread or beer. In fact, it smells pretty much exactly like yeast.

    There are other types of infections that can sometimes infect your vagina and vulva and it’s helpful to know the symptoms of all of them so you can be really sure before you go treat yourself for a yeast infection you might not have.

    A bacterial infection of the vagina can feel a lot like a yeast infection if the vulval area is itchy or painful. Unlike a yeast infection, the discharge can be dark yellow, green, or brown and it won’t smell like bread, it can smell like fish or something rotting. If you think you might have a bacterial infection, or if you’re not sure, get I would recommend going to see your doctor as this has to be treated with prescription antibiotics.

    Urinary tract infections (UTI’s) are due to bacteria infecting the urethra rather than the vagina. UTI’s can be fairly easily distinguished from vaginal infections by a host of symptoms, including pain or burning when urinating, blood or mucus in urine, needing to urinate often, pain or pressure in back or lower abdomen and a fever or chills. If you think you might have a UTI, don’t delay, go see your doctor, because the infection can travel up past the bladder, causing kidney damage.

    Another type of infection called trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite that can infect both the vagina and the urinary tract, and is primarily sexually transmitted. If you have a trichomoniasis infection, your vagina can be itchy or painful, it can hurt to urinate, intercourse can be painful, and occasionally you can experience pain in your lower abdomen. Again, you have to see a doctor to get antibiotics to treat this.

    I would recommend you see your doctor just to rule out any other infections and to get a proper diagnosis and proper treatment.

    Good luck :)

  7. CAROL B says:

    This should answer all of your questions.

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