Yeast Infections

Vaginal yeast infections are fungal infections that result in vaginal discharge, itching, and burning. Yeast infections are extremely common in women. 

Symptoms of a yeast infection include:

  • Vaginal or vulva itching and burning
  • Burning during urination
  • Burning during intercourse
  • Redness or swelling of the vulva
  • Vaginal pain and soreness
  • Vaginal rash
  • Thick, white, cottage cheese appearing vaginal discharge
  • Watery vaginal discharge

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The risk of developing a yeast infection may be increased in certain circumstances. These include:

  • Antibiotic use
  • Increased estrogen levels. These may occur in pregnancy, high dose estrogen birth control pills, estrogen hormone therapy
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Lowered immune system

There are some preventative measures you can take to avoid yeast infections. These include:

  • Don’t wear tight-fitting pantyhose
  • Don’t use douches
  • Avoid scented products in the genital area
  • Avoid hot tubs or very hot baths
  • Don’t stay in swimsuits, damp cloths, workout clothes for an extended period

Over-the-counter products may effectively treat yeast infections. However, when they have not helped, infections are severe or recurrent, you may need a prescription from a healthcare provider. Medication to treat yeast infection may come as a cream, ointment, tablet, suppository, or oral medication. 

If you are concerned that you may have a yeast infection, our providers will evaluate your symptoms and recommend treatment options.