Yeast infections are common among women. It is caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans. When the pH of the vagina changes, it causes the bacteria to grow excessively.
Causes of yeast infections include antibiotics, tight clothing, or douching. It can also be caused by feminine deodorant, sitting in bathing suits, and other improper habits.
In order to seek treatment for a yeast infection, it is important to recognize the signs. Here are a few signs of a yeast infection:
Vaginal Itching: Vaginal itching is the most common sign of a yeast infection. Usually, itching is continuous and very irritating. If it is not treated, it can become very severe. It can spread around the the vaginal opening, labia, and anus.
Vaginal Discharge: Usually, there is a thick, white vaginal discharge. It looks very similar to cottage cheese. Sometimes, it may appear clear or milky than like cottage cheese.
Vaginal Inflammation: When the bacteria grows excessively, it causes the external genitals to swell. Usually, you will feel a burning sensation. The area will also appear red and inflamed.
Urination is very painful. It usually intensifies each time you urinate.This is because urine is acidic and, as a result, it irritates the inflamed vulva and vaginal tissues.
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