Yeast is a type of fungus that grows naturally in the body. A yeast infection is caused by a change in the chemical balance in the vagina that allows the fungus to grow too rapidly and cause symptoms.
Yeast infections most commonly occur in a woman's vagina. However, yeast infections can occur in other parts of the body and in men. Though uncomfortable, yeast infections are not serious and can be cured.
Common symptoms of a yeast infection include:
• Intense vaginal itching
• Thick, odorless discharge which might resemble cottage cheese
Less common symptoms:
• Sore vagina
• Lower abdominal pain
• Vaginal trash
• Burning during urination
• Painful sex
There is no medical evidence that links one particular factor to acquiring a yeast infection. However, the commonality seems to be that conditions that usually control fungus can change, allowing the fungus to grow rapidly.
Some factors that might cause yeast infections include:
• Birth control pills
• Poor nutrition and Hygiene
• Antibiotic treatment
• Lack of sleep
Since there are several different ailments that host vaginal discharge as a symptom, it’s best to consult your doctor when you suspect a yeast infection to rule out a more serious illness. Although, if you are fairly certain that you have a yeast infection, there are over the counter medications that will treat the yeast infection. However, contact Dr. Simhaee immediately if the symptoms do not improve with treatment.