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A 18-year-old female asked:

What is a yeast infection and why does it happen?

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Dr. Karen Jones
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Overgrowth of yeast: Yeast is a type of organism, similar to bacteria, that live in the vagina. If there is too much yeast it causes an actual infection. Most people will notice thick clumpy vaginal discharge, itching and even redness and swelling with a yeast infection.

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Jamaica, NY
A 20-year-old member asked:

What happens if a yeast infection doesn't clear up?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
NEEDS TESTING: Chronic yeast infection in females can be related to immune deficiencies. 2 important diseases to consider are: HIV or diabetes. Simple blood tests can check for these.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What happens when a yeast infection is clearing?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Yeast infection: This question is very unclear. Please rephrase and tell us what you are asking. If something is clearing it means it is getting better. What else do you want to know?
A 49-year-old member asked:

What can be happens if you don't treat a yeast infection?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
You could: Feel really miserable and it may spread.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

What happens if you have a yeast infection and do not treat it?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Depends on details: Yeast is a life form, and there are many kinds. Some live with humans, as a normal part of us. If these "friends" of ours get to be more than desired, we call it a yeast overgrowth... such as when seen in the mouth, on the skin, in the vagina, etc... If they get even more overgrown, or if any yeast go where they are not supposed to live, we call them infections... which can worsen if untreated.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What happens if there is a delay in treatment of yeast infection?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
May worsen: If left untreated, the infection may simply get worse. Many over the counter meds, most of which were rx only in the past, are readily available. Good luck.

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