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What are the causes of you to get a yeast infection?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 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.
Dr. Monib Zirvi
Dermatology 22 years experience
Overgrowth : Yeast infections occur most commonly in folds of skin where sweat and moisture accumulate. If temperatures are high, naturally found yeast on the skin overgrow. Also being on an antibiotic may kill normal skin bacteria and allow yeast to overgrow.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can a yeast infection cause you to get bumps?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yeast doesn't: Usually present with bumps. Symptoms of a yeast infection may include: burning, redness ; itching of the vulva; burning with urination ; vaginal intercourse ; a clumpy, white, vaginal discharge with no odor. Sometimes the discharge isn’t apparent. Please have vaginal lesions checked medically.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Could a yeast infection cause more complications?

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Dr. John Froude
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Unlikely: When you say yeast infection are you referring to vaginitis? If so ,it is very unlikely indeed that it will spread or involve other parts of the body. Antibiotics, Steroids, Diabetes, these are risk factors. Even severe cases are usually cured by treatment with fluconazole tablets up to two weeks in the most severe cases.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

What are the main causes of yeast infection?

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Dr. Rahil Malik
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Here are some: Recent hx of antibiotic use, levels of high estrogen (during pregnancy or in obese patients) ,uncontrolled diabetes, impaired immune system, douching, sexual activitiy Best Wishes Dr M
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can acyclavair cause yeast infection?

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Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
No: Acyclovir is an antiviral agent. It is very specific to the molecular machinery of some herpes viruses. It does not suppress the immune system nor does it increase the liklihood of a yeast infection.
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A 23-year-old male asked:

What are the causes and effects of yeast infection?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Yeast infection: also called vaginal candidiasis is a very common condition and not considered a STD. Yeast infection is caused by the fungus and some of the common reason is antibiotics. Diflucan (fluconazole) - antifungal medication and antifungal cream are drugs for treatment. Rec.: see your PCP for diagnosis and treatment.

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