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What is a yeast infection?

What is a yeast infection?

Fungus: It is an infection by a fungus called candida. It can occur vaginally, orally or any place warm and moist ( diaper area, skin folds). Commonly happens if you've been on antibiotics or have an immune system problem, ...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 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 are the symptoms of a yeast infection?

Yeast Symptoms: I assume you mean a genital yeast infection (vaginal or penile) - symptoms will include itchiness, mild redness, white smelly discharge. Treatment is with an antifungal (topical or oral). ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat a yeast infection?

What is the best way to treat a yeast infection?

OTC Creams: Over the counter antifungal vaginal creams containing Miconazole or Clotrimazole are effective means of treating the usual vaginal yest infection. Oral medications are no more effective for this problem and are best used for systemic infection. Vaginal creams are less convenient, messier, but do not have the rare risk of liver failure found in the oral medication. 7 day use is most effective. ...Read more

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What signs, symptoms of yeast infection for women?

What signs, symptoms of yeast infection for women?

Yeast infection: Yeast infection can cause cheesy smelling white discharge that may stick to vaginal/vulvar area. It is associated with itching and at times lower abdominal discomfort. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medications for a yeast infection?

What is the best over-the-counter medications for a yeast infection?

Yeast: The most widely available otc preparations for yeast infection are the -azole creams such as micanazole (monist at-type drugs). None are as effective as, and are a lot more messy than, the oral Fluconazole pills. Check with your doctor to see if you are a candidate for the "one time, one pill" treatment. ...Read more

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Is itching in female gential area every now then a sign of yeast infection there is no discharge?

Is itching in female gential area every now then a sign of yeast infection there is no discharge?

Maybe but: Vaginal itching and in the surrounding area called the vulva can be a sign of a yeast infection in the skin. If it happening from time to time that is not likely. Simple heat & sweating are the most common cause of occassional genital itching. Herpes can present as itching which comes and goes. Allergic reactions to houselhold products can too. ...Read more

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Yeast (Definition)

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


Candida (Definition)

Is a type of fungus which normally lives in small amounts on mucus membranes. An overgrowth of candida in the mouth produces a condition called 'thrush'. This is often triggered ...Read more