Editors Note: If you think you have a yeast infection please see a doctor immediately.
Most vaginal yeast infections are caused by the organism Candida albicans. Yeast infections are very common and affect up to 75% of women at some point in their lifetime. The main symptom of a vaginalyeast infection is itching, but burning, discharge, and pain with urination or intercourse can also occur.
Yeast Infection Signs
It has some telltale symptoms. Your vagina might burn and itch. You may spot a thick, white discharge that looks like cottage cheese. It won’t have an odor. It might hurt when you pee or have sex. Thrush can cause white clumps inside your cheeks or on your tongue. Your mouth looks red, and it may burn so much that it’s hard to swallow food.
- antibiotics (they lower the amount of Lactobacillus, or good bacteria, in the vagina)
- uncontrolled diabetes.
- weak immune system.
- poor eating habits, including a lot of sugary foods.
- hormonal imbalance near your menstrual cycle.
- lack of sleep.
A mild vaginal yeast infection may go away without treatment. If you have mild symptoms, you may want to wait to see if that happens. If you're not pregnant and you know that your symptoms are caused by a yeast infection, you can treat it yourself with an over-the-counter antifungal medicine.
To treat non-albicans yeast infections, your doctor may prescribe a nystatin (Mycostatin) vaginal cream or tablet, which you must apply or take daily for 14 days. With treatment, your yeast infection will pass after one to seven days (the length of treatment depends on which product you are using).