Women’s Health A-Z

Yeast Infections

Yeast infections are a common type of vaginal infection. Yeast infections are caused by a fungus called Candida. Although this type of infection occurs most commonly in patients who have been on a recent course of antibiotics or in women whose immune system is suppressed such as in pregnancy, diabetes or HIV, in many cases the cause is unknown.

Symptoms

  • Itching or burning of the vulva
  • Thick, white, lumpy vaginal discharge

Treatment for Yeast Infections

They may be treated with medication that can be applied to the vagina or you may instead take a pill by mouth. There are many medications available over the counter to treat yeast infections, however, it is important to be sure that is what needs to be treated. There are other types of infections and vulvar skin conditions that can have similar symptoms. If a patient has never been diagnosed with a yeast infection before they should make an appointment with their physician. You should also make an appointment if you are not getting relief from OTC medication.