Yeast infection occurs when yeast in the vagina increase and start attacking the vaginal tissues. Yeast is not bacteria, but a type of fungus. These infections are often caused by a type of yeast called Candida albicans. Other species of yeast can also cause infections. Factors that may make infection more likely include recent antibiotic use, douching, or increased frequency of intercourse. Yeast infections are more common in women who are diabetic, obese, pregnant, or have a suppressed immune system.
Yeast infection is treated with a vaginal antifungal cream. In some cases, antifungal pills are prescribed instead. During treatment:
Discuss with your health care provider whether you should use over-the-counter medications to treat a yeast infection. Self-treatment may depend on whether:
Call your health care provider if symptoms persist after treatment.
March 12, 2015
Grantham, Paula, RN, BSN, MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician