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How do I get a yeast infection?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
4 doctors agree

In brief: Easy

We are all colonized with yeast, usually candida albicans.
If your immunity is profoundly reduced, or if the acidity and other factors in the vaginal barrel are right you may get it. Babies frequently get thrush which is yeast infection in the mouth, and people may get secondary yeast infections after treatment with antibiotics reduces the bacteria which previously inhibited the yeast growth.

In brief: Easy

We are all colonized with yeast, usually candida albicans.
If your immunity is profoundly reduced, or if the acidity and other factors in the vaginal barrel are right you may get it. Babies frequently get thrush which is yeast infection in the mouth, and people may get secondary yeast infections after treatment with antibiotics reduces the bacteria which previously inhibited the yeast growth.
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Overgrowth

Yeast is a fungus found everywhere.
The culture medium to grow yeast is a warm, dark, moist environment with nourishment. Put these microsocpic fungal elements in the vagina and away it goes. When the flora of the vagina is altered by antibiotics and chemicals and illness (diabetes), then you get the infection. There are many others to discuss. Treatment is available. Get checked.

In brief: Overgrowth

Yeast is a fungus found everywhere.
The culture medium to grow yeast is a warm, dark, moist environment with nourishment. Put these microsocpic fungal elements in the vagina and away it goes. When the flora of the vagina is altered by antibiotics and chemicals and illness (diabetes), then you get the infection. There are many others to discuss. Treatment is available. Get checked.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Agree. A person is susceptible to yeast infection after taking antibiotic and after altered immunity in diabetics, immunosuppressed individuals, pregnancy. People that have a IV line/ shunts are also susceptible to get yeast infection through contamination.
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