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
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.