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Yeast Infection

What is a Yeast Infection?

Yeast infections are very common. A yeast infection occurs when there is overgrowth of the normal yeast in the vagina. Yeast is always present in and on the body but in small amounts.

What are the symptoms?

Your genitals may itch or burn, and see “cottage cheese-like” vaginal discharge. Your genitals may look red and swollen.

How do I get tested?

A pelvic exam and testing of the discharge to look for overgrowth of fungus.

How do I get treated?

For yeast infections use antifungal creams. Keep the area clean and dry. Avoid tight fitting clothes, panty hose and soaps. Do not use a vaginal douche.

What if I don’t treat it?

Untreated yeast infection can be transmitted to other partners. Also, an untreated infection can cause discomfort. It can cause vulvovaginitis, an inflammation or infection of the vulva or vagina.

How can I prevent it?

Keep your vulva clean but avoid strong soaps and perfumes in your genitals. Clean your genitals very well after using the toilet wiping from front to back. Do not use vaginal douche.

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