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Doctor insights on: Culturelle And Yeast Infections

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What causes yeast infection?

What causes yeast infection?

Fungus: Yeasts are microscopic organisms that are a type of fungus. Abnormal overgrowth of these fungi happen in a "yeast infection". This can be triggered by changes in ph (acidity) of the environment / anatomic location or by other factors such as taking antibiotics (which cause altered flora). Decreased immune system function may also be related to yeast infections. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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What causes yeast infection?

What causes yeast infection?

More than natural: Having more yeast than there naturally should be in a particular part of the body... is what causes a yeast infection. Yeast and fungi are part of our lives on Earth. They are always with us, but when they end up in places or in numbers that are not natural, we call it an infection. Sometimes we call it an overgrowth, if the location is normal but the yeast numbers are too high. ...Read more

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What causes a yeast infection?

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. ...Read more

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What causes a yeast infection?

What causes a yeast infection?

Many factors:: Warmth and moisture content of the skin surface. Remember, we all have "yeast" on our skin. A yeast infection represents an overgrowth of certain yeast species because of the above factors. But others include anti-microbial drugs, diabetes, weakened immune system. If prone to yeast infections, wear undergarments made of cotton, rather than artificial fibers, since cotton can be bleached! ...Read more

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What fosters a yeast infection?

Yeast: Chances for yeast infections ^ if pregnant, diabetic, obese or taking antibiotics or oral contraceptives. ...Read more

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How to not have yeast infection?

Proper treatment: Assuming you mean vaginal yeast infection: 1) Make sure the diagnosis is correct; see a doctor if uncertain. (Most vaginal discharge problems are not yeast.) 2) Make sure no underlying problem that increases yeast infections, like diabetes. 3) each episode should be treated properly. 4) Finally, if you still have recurrent yeast, ask doctor about weekly fluconazole (Diflucan) to prevent them. ...Read more

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How come I have a yeast infection?

Possible reasons: 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. ...Read more

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How to aliviate a yeast infection?

Vaginitis: Exam, obtaining samples for analysis is the best way. There are different organism (bacterial, yeast), std, hormonal changes that may cause vaginal irritation. A good medical history helps us make a proper diagnosis. There are over the counter cream (may ask pharmacist. Then if not better see a doctor. Do not do vaginal douches when on your period (this wipe out normal vaginal flora). ...Read more

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I think I may have a yeast infection?

OK: Try some Over the counter medications at the pharmacy-ask the pharmacist where to find them. If they do not work, then get an exam to confirm the diagnosis, and get treated. By the Doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a yeast infection?

Yeast: Vaginal yeast infections commonly cause redness, itching and a thick yellow-white discharge, sometimes in small clumps like cottage cheese. Treatment is available without a prescription. ...Read more

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Are therdifferent kind of yeast infection?

Superficial & deep: Yeast (fungi) usually refer to those affecting skin and/or nails-superficial. These affect dry, moist areas of the body, like sweaty (athlete) feet gym, not showering/changing socks after playing; groin/vaginal areas, eg women on antibiotics causing overgrowth of skin fungi. Deep fungal infections are much more serious, and can affect any organs (inhaled-histoplasmosis), or immunocompromised pts. ...Read more

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What are the causes and effects of yeast infection?

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. ...Read more

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What are the signs that someone has a yeast infection?

What are the signs that someone has a yeast infection?

Sxs: 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. ...Read more

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Symptoms of yeast infections?

Symptoms of yeast infections?

Varied...: Itching, burning, thick whitish cottage cheese discharge. However, many times, the symptoms of a yeast infection can look like any other number of infections - and if you've never had a yeast infection diagnosed before, it might be better to get it checked out and confirmed by your doctor first. ...Read more

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Do all yeast infections itch?

No: Many patients will show yeast on a culture, yet have no symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes yeast infections?

What causes yeast infections?

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). ...Read more

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Why do we get yeast infections?

Why do we get yeast infections?

Variety of reasons: Yeasts live in our GI tract as part of the normal collection of organisms. They remain benign until we either alter the composition of the competing organisms or create conditions under which they are able to multiply on, or rarely in, our bodies. Antibiotics, diabetes, changes in vaginal acidity, HIV disease and other factors contribute to susceptibility. It does not lead to HIV infection. ...Read more

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Do women get yeast infections?

Normal flora...: Most cases of yeast infection are caused by overgrowth of normal yeast (candida) in the vagina. When an imbalance occurs, such as when the normal acidity of the vagina changes or when hormonal balance changes, yeast can multiply and build up. When this happens, symptoms of an infection may happen. Symptoms include itching and cheesy discharge. Less commonly, yeasts can be spread sexually. ...Read more

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How to treat a yeast infection?

Anti-yeast medicatio: Here in the States, anti-yeast (anti-fungal) medications are available at most pharmacies w/o prescription. If these don't work (assuming you take as directed & follow the directions), there's a good chance that you may not have a yeast infection - in which case you should see your Family Doc or Gyn for definitive diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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What is an oral yeast infection?

What is an oral yeast infection?

Candida Albicans: An oral yeast infection is an infection of the tissues of the oral cavity caused by candida albicans. The yeast infection is sometimes also referred to as thrush. ...Read more

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What is a strep yeast infection?

What is a strep yeast infection?

Hmmm?: I have not heard that term before. If I had to guess it would be due to someone taking antibiotics for a strep infection. This could then be followed by overgrowth of yeast as certain bacteria are killed off or reduced in #. ...Read more

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How can I avoid yeast infections?

Tips: 1. Wear underwear that is cotton vice synthetic 2. Avoid wearing underpants when you go to bed at night. 3. Don’t wear tight fitting panties & pantyhose. 4. Use natural tampon/ feminine pads (avoid those which are scented). 5. Avoid douches as well as use of harsh, drying soap on genitalia. 6. Rinse genitalia very well after soaping up. 7. Try wearing pants that fit loosely at the crotch. ...Read more

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Can replens cause yeast infection?

Vaginal candida: This vaginal moisturizer will not cause yeast infection, but by altering the acidity and other features of the normal vaginal tissues it may potentially increase the likelihood that yeasts (candida albicans) may grow out. ...Read more

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Can the yeast infection come back?

Recurrent infection: Some women do experience recurrent yeast infections. ...Read more

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How do yeast infection ovules work?

Topical treatment: Ovules contain active medication that is released when the ovule melts at body temperature. The medication then acts directly on the vaginal wall as a topical route of delivering the antifungal (yeast) medication. ...Read more

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Why do women get yeast infections.?

Fungal infections: Infections from fungi or overgrowth of yeast can occur in many parts of the body. The warm moist areas, like a woman's vagina, are the environments that promote growth and can lead to symptoms. ...Read more

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I continuously get yeast infections?

Recommend:: If you have recurrent (four or more) yeast infections per year or a chronic yeast infection simple treatments may not be adequate. Please see your physician for treatment in that situation. ...Read more

Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable of fermenting ...Read more