Info on Yeast Infections

A common cause of genital irritation, a yeast infection is a type of fungal infection that occurs when there is an imbalance of the fungus Candida albicans. Common symptoms include a cottage cheese–like discharge and itching, burning, and irritation of the vagina or vulva. If you have a yeast infection, you are not alone -- about 75 percent of women will have a vaginal yeast infection at some point in their lives.
Antibiotics, pregnancy, and uncontrolled diabetes are some of the factors that increase your risk for this condition. If you have been diagnosed with a yeast infection, various antifungal products (such as creams, tablets, and suppositories) are available to treat it.
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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD