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Vulvovaginal candidiasis more commonly known as vaginal yeast infection, is a condition where the vulva (the exterior female organs which includes the labia, clitoris and the entrance to the vagina), becomes inflamed and irritated when the level of yeast (candida) increases relative to normally occurring protective bacteria in the vaginal region. Yeast is a type of fungus that thrives in moist warm environments like the vagina. The naturally occurring acids and bacteria in the vagina typically moderate the level of yeast that is able to develop. However the balance of bacteria and acidic levels in the vaginal area can be disturbed by such things as menstruation, pregnancy, drugs that suppress the immune system, antibiotics, oral contraceptives and feminine hygiene products which allows for an environment for yeast to thrive.

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What is a vaginal yeast infection?

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Vulvovaginal candidiasis more commonly known as vaginal yeast infection, is a condition where the vulva (the exterior female organs which includes the labia, clitoris and the entrance to the vagina), becomes inflamed and irritated when the level of yeast (candida) increases relative to normally occurring protective bacteria in the vaginal region. Yeast is a type of fungus that thrives in moist warm environments like the vagina.

What are the symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection?

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The most common symptom of vaginal yeast infection is itching and irritation of the vulva. Since vulvar or vaginal itchiness is a symptom which is not specific to only vaginal yeast infection...

What are the causes of vaginal yeast infections?

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Vaginal yeast infections caused by imbalances in levels of yeast (candida) in and around the vaginal area, relative the level of normally occurring protective bacteria. Yeast is a type of fungus that thrives in moist warm environments like the vagina.

How are vaginal yeast infections diagnosed?

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The way doctors diagnose vaginal yeast infection is by looking for the presence of vaginal yeast infection symptoms. The symptoms include...

What are the treatments for vaginal yeast infections?

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Since yeast (candida) is a type of fungus, the most common treatment options for vaginal yeast infections are anti-fungal medications. Anti fungal medications can be in the form of topical creams and oral, vaginal, or suppository tablets.

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