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What can cause a yeast infection?

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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
Several factors: Several factors can cause a yeast infections- 1. Local balance of normal flora is disrupted, typically from the recent use of antibiotics; 2. Impaired immunity- this may be due to steroid use or having other illnesses such as diabetes or hiv; 3. Misdiagnosis of symptoms in the absence of yeast from testing- adverse drug effects can be mistaken as a yeast infection.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yeast : Yeast infections are due to a fungus called Candida which is normally found in the vagina. However, if there is a lack of healthy vaginal bacteria it can lead to overgrowth of yeast. Some causes of overgrowth: antibiotics, ^ estrogen (pregnancy or some birth control pills), malfunctioning immune system, diabetes mellitus as well as friction against vaginal tissues (intercourse) & douching.
Dr. Jennifer Frank
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Fungus: A yeast infection is caused by fungus (often candida albicans) that multiplies in your mouth, your vagina, or your skin.

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Yeast infection: A yeast infection results from an overgrowth of yeast anywhere in the body. The growth of yeast is normally limited by our immune system and normal body bacteria. If there is a compromise in our immune system or when taking medications such as antibiotics or steroids, yeast can become so numerous that they cause infections, particularly in warm and moist areas of our body.
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What is a yeast infection caused from?

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What is yeast infection? What is the cause of yeast infection?

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Fungal: Yeast is a fungus, and a yeast infection is usually due to Candida species. It is treated with antifungal agents.
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What causes yeast infections?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Candida (overgrowth): Candida is the usual cause of yeast infections in a person. Candida is always in or on our bodies, in small amounts that are invisible. Candida lives with us, normally. It causes symptoms if it invades into parts of our bodies where candida is not supposed to go, or it causes symptoms if it is indeed staying where it should but is overgrowing in large amounts (such as with oral or vaginal thrush).
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What are the causes of you to get a yeast infection?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Possible causes: Yeast infections are due to a fungus called candida which is normally found in the vagina. However, if there is a lack of healthy vaginal bacteria it can lead to overgrowth of yeast. Some causes of overgrowth: antibiotics, ^ estrogen (pregnancy or some birth control pills), malfunctioning immune system, diabetes mellitus as well as friction against vaginal tissues (intercourse) and douching.

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