Yeast Infection

A yeast infection is a fungal infection in the vagina usually caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans. Candida albicans is normally present in the vagina in small amounts, but an imbalance can lead to a yeast infection. Symptoms of a yeast infection include itching or burning in the genital area. Thick "cottage cheese-like" discharge may or may not be present. Males may become infected as well, and usually experience an itchy rash on the penis.

How is a yeast infection treated?

Your healthcare provider may perform a pelvic examination in order to diagnose a yeast infection. However, this is not always necessary, and a yeast infection may be diagnosed by identification of symptoms. A yeast infection is treated with antifungal drugs, which may be over the counter or a prescription. These drugs may be vaginal suppositories, creams, or an oral pill which your healthcare provider prescribes. This pill is called Diflucan, and usually only needs to be taken once. Vaginal suppositories and creams are available in 3 day or 7 day treatments, which are both effective in treating a yeast infection.

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