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Added August 01, 2013

Yeast Infection Symptoms

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What is that?
If you're having vaginal discharge that's white and clumpy or thick and milky, plus a really annoying itch, you probably have something known as a yeast infection or candidiasisa common vaginal disorder caused by a yeast called Candida albicans.


How do you get it?
There's always some yeast and bacteria in the vagina from the time you're born and throughout your life. In fact, yeast is actually kept in check by these "good" bacteria. But when the amount of the bacteria is reduced, the yeast can grow and cause problems. Some of the things that can affect the natural bacterial balance and cause yeast to grow include: 

  • Antibiotics
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Wearing tight clothes, pantyhose, and wet bathing suits.
  • Possiblyeating too much sugar, artificial sweeteners, sodas, or even milk products
  • Excessive douching
  • Intrauterine devices
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes


Like any fungus, Candida really gets going in warm, dark, moist places like the vagina. So that's why wearing clothes that trap moisturelike pantyhose or a wet bathing suitcan create the perfect conditions for developing a yeast infection.


How do you treat it?
The first time you think you may have a yeast infection you should see your doctor to get a definite diagnosis. After the first time (some women get recurring bouts) if you get a yeast infection, you don't HAVE to go to a doctor. You can get anti-fungal vaginal suppositories or ointment at the drug store. But doctors can also give you a prescription or a one-dose oral prescription medication, if you prefer that.


When treating your infection, use all the medication that the doctor prescribes or the full dose of cream/suppositories or ointment from the drug store, otherwise it may return. Whichever remedy you choose, avoid sex until the yeast infection disappears. Otherwise the infection could last longer.


If the yeast infection symptoms don't hang on after treatment or if you have abdominal pain, cramping or fever and chills, it's definitely time to see a doctor (or go back). These might be signs that you have another type of vaginal infection.


How can you avoid it?

There are a lot of things you can do to avoid yeast infections. They include:


  • Don't wear tight pants or pantyhose all the time
  • Wear cotton underwear
  • Avoid douching, bactericidal or perfumed soaps, feminine sprays and powders
  • Change out of sweaty underwear, workout clothes, and wet bathing suits quickly
  • Use non-deodorant pads and tampons


Also, if you're sexually active, many vaginal infections can be passed back and forth between you and your partner. Only one of you may show symptoms even though you both may be infected. If the infection persists, or if your partner has any discharge, itching or burning, then both of you probably need to be treated.

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Posted August 04, 2014
I had a yeast infection as well OMG :( it was not cool at all
Posted May 08, 2014
I had a yeast infection and it wasn't fun.
Posted February 17, 2013
If ya wanna talk to a doctor cuz ya think you might have a yeast infection, ask her this: "Mom, what is a yeast in fection/ What does a yeast infection feel like?" She'll tell you what its like, and if you think you have one than say: "That sounds kinda like what I think I have." and problem solved. Pick a time when shes alone, like if ur shopping or shes taking a bath or something. Hope this helps :)
Posted September 05, 2012
For around a week I have been have a slight itch "downstairs" and its been really bugging me espessially when I go to the wash room (I do not have my period yet only discharge)but when i have a shower and "get clean" it doesnt itch as much so Im not sure whats going... someone please help - sCHOOLS tOMMOROW @_@
Posted November 11, 2012
Ok I'm gonna tell u a little secret. If you think you have a yeast infection just go to your mom and say mom im a little itchy. She will get what you mean! I told my mom tonight after months of pain and itching and we went to the doctor and they helped me!! Trust me its no big deal but if u don't tell and its a yeast infection you could get a staff infection in an unwanted place! But trust me your mom has had a yeast infection before trust me! If she ever hd a period then she had a yeast infection! Be open wit your mom it could save you alot of pain and itching and staying up late thinking im gonna tell her tomorrow. But just tell her she will understand! You can get an infection just from your jeans or just from the ph down "their" changing its not big deal it feels so good to get it off your back I promise!!:)
Posted July 15, 2013
@Dancin'Wariior If Its Just Itching, And a Lil Burning, Take a Look. See Whats In There? If There Is Nothing In There, Look Between Hairs On Your Skin NEXT To it. If You See a Couple Of Pimples, Or Dry, Peeling Skin, Don't Worry. Its Fine. Just Keep The Area Clean, And Don't Pick At It.
Posted July 29, 2012
So I can't use scented pads and pantyliner's. Builds up yeast bad thing is all I have is scented pads and liners. Well I gotta stick to whats done.
Posted August 23, 2012
Someone please answer thiss! so, Im really itchy down there, but its on the skin outside of my V. Like, where my 'hair down there' is growing, i have these little reditchy bumps but idk if thats from shaving it from efore, or what. For those of you who have had a yeast infection, is the itch like coming from the descharge, or on your skin? CUz i really am not sure if i should be concerned.
Posted August 09, 2012
I have a yeast infection now. i have had it for now a little over 2 months. i finally had the guts to tell my mom and she finally took me to a doctor. Turns out i had a severe case of it. i'm on some meds now. tell your mom/doctor as soon as you think you have it. it will start developing pressure in your abdomen if it gets worse and it hurts to walk. >.< hope this helps?
Posted March 27, 2012
what will happen if you dont get it checked right away cause i have been dealing with it for about a month without going to a doctor
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