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What causes vaginal infections?

What causes vaginal infections?

Several causes: Vaginal infections can be caused by a variety of organisms. The most common is yeast. Other causes include bacteria (bacterial vaginosis), trichomonas, and herpes. ...Read more

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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 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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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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Causes of vaginal yeast infection?

Causes of vaginal yeast infection?

Overgrowth of yeast: Occurs after antibiotics, or associated with diabetes. Treatable with over the counter products such as gyn lotrimin or micatin (miconazole). ...Read more

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What usually causes chronic/ recurring vaginal yeast infections?

Multiple: Chronic, recurrent vaginal yeast infections may indicate overuse of antibiotics, perhaps an immune deficiency or can be seen in persons with an HIV infection; may indicate a pre-diabetic or presence of active diabetes, can occur in dark, moist areas or can indicate inadequate treatment of a previous/current infection. ...Read more

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What causes a vaginal infection?

What causes a vaginal infection?

Bacterial imbalance: Vaginal infections can be caused by a variety of things. The loss of balance between "good" and "bad" bacteria can cause bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection. There are several other infections that are sexually transmitted, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomonas. ...Read more

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What are the causes of recurring vaginal yeast infections?

What are the causes of recurring vaginal yeast infections?

Several: Antibiotic use most common, sometimes illness, more likely in summer/ hot weather. Illness can as well. Injury, some chemicals (ie spermacides in some), diabetes, non breathing clothing can all contribute. ...Read more

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What can cause yellow vaginal discharge other than yeast infection?

Infection?: Colored (yellow, tan, etc) vaginal discharge often means an infection, including STDs if at risk. Yeast usually does NOT cause colored discharge -- usually little discharge, generally white and thick. (The main yeast symptom is itching and irritation.) Any new, abnormal, or unexplained vaginal discharge needs professional evaluation, so see your doctor soon. Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes yeast infections in the vagina?

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Candida: Causative agent of vaginal yeast infections are candida species yeast, usually albicans. Treatment is with either topical antifungal or a single dose of systemic, such as fluconazole. ...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?

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 could cause continous vaginal bacterial infections?

What could cause continous vaginal bacterial infections?

Several things: Incomplete treatment comes to mind. If you didn't finish your course of antibiotics, you could have grown some resistant bugs. Although not strictly an std, it is possible that a sexual partner could have re-infected you if you had sex during treatment. You might also consider using a probiotic to replenish your natural vaginal flora and re-establish a proper ph. See your ob-gyn for more ideas. ...Read more

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What causes yeast infections in women?

Cool and Dry: Anything that increases moisture or heat in the vaginal area can increase your risk of yeast. Avoid the bathtub, wear cotton underware or none at all, avoid panty hose, skinny pants and staying in a wet swimsuit. Wear more skirts. Diet can help as well. Eating dairy with active, live cultures can help vaginal, bladder and colon health. Dannon, activia and greek yougurts as well as kefir may help. ...Read more

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What causes cronic yeast infections?

What causes cronic yeast infections?

Several factors: Several factors can cause chronic yeast infections- 1. Local balance of normal flora is disrupted, typically from the recent user of antibiotics; 2. Impaired immunity- this may be due to steroid use or having other illnesses such as hiv; 3. Misdiagnosis of symptoms in the absence of yeast from testing- adverse drug effects can be mistaken as a yeast infection. Consult your gyn or id specialist. ...Read more

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What causes bacterial vaginosis?

What causes bacterial vaginosis?

Unknown, complicated: BV is overgrowth of some vaginal bacteria and undergrowth of others. Most or all the bacteria are entirely normal in the vagina -- it's the change in numbers that's important. Why it happens isn't clear. In some ways, BV behaves like an STD -- uncommon in virgins, more frequent with new or multiple partners. But no known germ comes from male partners, and treating partners doesn't prevent it. ...Read more

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Can vaginal yeast infection cause cramps?

Can vaginal yeast infection cause cramps?

Not usually.: 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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What causes vaginal infections besides men?

What causes vaginal infections besides men?

Antibiotics: Basically anything that can potentially alter the vaginal flora/environment (e.g. Douching, moisture, diet, weight changes, etc...) can precipitate an infection. ...Read more

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What causes recurrent vaginal yeast infections Urine test showed glucose-absent.Took once intraconazole 400mg for one day but not cured. Age 21 virgin?

Yeast infection: This can be predisposed to by diabetes (without there being glycosuria), antibiotics taken for other reasons, immune suppression, stress, lack of sleep, illnesses, etc. Itraconazole for one day may not be adequate therapy. Discuss with your doctor and if not satisfied you may want to get a second opinion. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What causes recurrent vaginal yeast infections evn after taking intraconazole? Not sexually active. Urine test showed glucose-absent. Age 21

Yeast: Have you formally been diagnosed with the infection each time? Sometimes itraconazole might not be helpful if used repeatedly. Make sure you are gently cleaning with unscented products and rinse well. Pat dry or use hair dryer on cool. Try to not bathe (shower instead) and get out of wet/sweaty clothing ASAP. See your doctor as well to help confirm and perhaps suggest another treatment. ...Read more

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What can cause recurring vaginal yeast infections even with the use of probiotic?

What can cause recurring vaginal yeast infections even with the use of probiotic?

Intestinal yeast: Recurrent vaginal yeast is usually caused by yeast overgrowth in our intestines, known as intestinal candidiasis, a common side effect of antibiotics ; hormones.This is treated with a low starch diet, probiotics ; antifungal drugs or herbs. See http://www.Huffingtonpost.Com/dr-mark-hyman/yeast-infection-symptoms_b_657354.Html ; http://bit.Ly/1aeoabl. ...Read more

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What usually causes chronic/ recurring vaginal yeast infections?

Multiple: Chronic, recurrent vaginal yeast infections may indicate overuse of antibiotics, perhaps an immune deficiency or can be seen in persons with an HIV infection; may indicate a pre-diabetic or presence of active diabetes, can occur in dark, moist areas or can indicate inadequate treatment of a previous/current infection. ...Read more

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What are the causes of recurring vaginal yeast infections?

Several: Antibiotic use most common, sometimes illness, more likely in summer/ hot weather. Illness can as well. Injury, some chemicals (ie spermacides in some), diabetes, non breathing clothing can all contribute. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to yogurt, it causes me to have vaginal yeast infections. Though, I am craving it. Could I eat frozen yogurt instead?

I'm allergic to yogurt, it causes me to have vaginal yeast infections. Though, I am craving it. Could I eat frozen yogurt instead?

Very unusual: The probiotic in yogurt may reduce yeast infection instead of inducing it. Since no itching was described at the vaginal area, an allergic reaction is less likely. Since the mechanism is unknown, the only way to find out is to try the frozen yogurt out and having a Rx for Fluconazole in hand in case you have another yeast infection. See GYN if problem continues. ...Read more

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Can TB lymphadenitis cause vaginal yeast infections?

TB and yeast infect: TB itself does not cause vaginal yeast infection; however, if you are on certain medications, especially antibiotics which can alter your bacterial flora, you are much more likely to develop vaginal yeast over growth and infection. ...Read more

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Do fibre bran kellogs/cereals cause vaginal yeast infections?

I am aware of no: Connection between this cereal and yeast. However, sugar feeds yeast. So if you eat a lot of high sugar foods that could impact yeast growth. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, can vaginal yeast infections cause bladder pain?

Hello doctors, can vaginal yeast infections cause bladder pain?

Referred pain: Sometimes if you have a bad yeast infection it may cause some bladder discomfort but you should see a doctor for a urine culture. ...Read more

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Can intestinal candidiasis cause recurrent vaginal yeast infections and abnormal/painful/irregular bowel movements?

Can intestinal candidiasis cause recurrent vaginal yeast infections and abnormal/painful/irregular bowel movements?

Yes: You need anti candida diet: no sugar, no flour products. Until you get better, also no fruit and no carbohydrates. Eat 1 tbsp of coconut oil with each meal. Eat lots of non starchy vegetables and enough quality protein. Consider betaine hcl with each meal, take it in the middle of the meal. Also take saccharomyces boulardi, which is the yeast against yeast. ...Read more

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Will vaginal yeast infections clear on their own?

Possible: Yeast is a normal inhabitant of the vagina. At low levels it causes no symptoms in most women. With the overgrowth of yeast symptoms develop. It is possible for it to resolve on its own. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of vaginal yeast infections?

Discharge and itch: A vaginal yeast infection usually causes a thick white discharge with itchiness and redness to the vagina. See your doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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Does yeastrol help to relieve vaginal yeast infections?

Yeast meds: As long as you have canida, any over the counter medicine containing Nystatin will work. ...Read more

Yeast (Definition)

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