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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Yeast Infection

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Yeast infections are caused by an overabundance of a yeast fungus in the vagina. Yeast fungi always live in the vagina but don't usually don't cause an infection because they are controlled by the natural acidity of vaginal secretions. The use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and changes in body chemistry can increase the likelihood of a yeast infection.

Symptoms of a yeast infection include:

  • thick, white vaginal discharge
  • intense itching
  • inflamed external genitalia

Yeast infections are usually treated with vaginal creams or suppositories. The medication prescribed should be used according to the specific directions given. It is important to complete the prescribed treatment even if your symptoms disappear. You should also complete the treatment even if you begin to menstruate, but do not use tampons as they will absorb the medication.