Yeast infections

What is Yeast infections?

Candidiasis is a fungal infection due to any type of Candida (a type of yeast). Signs and symptoms include white patches on the tongue or other areas of the mouth and throat. Other symptoms may include soreness and problems swallowing. When it affects the vagina, it is commonly called a yeast infection. Signs and symptoms include genital itching, burning, and sometimes a white "cottage cheese-like" discharge from the vagina. Very rarely, the infection may become invasive spreading throughout the body, resulting in fevers along with other symptoms depending on the parts of the body affected.

More than 20 types of Candida can cause infection with Candida albicans being the most common. Infections of the mouth are most common among children less than one month old, the elderly, and those with weak immune systems. Conditions that result in a weak immune system include HIV/AIDS, the medications used after organ transplantation, diabetes, and the use of corticosteroids. Efforts to prevent infections of the mouth include the use of chlorhexidine mouth wash in those with poor immune function and washing out the mouth following the use of inhaled steroids. Little evidence supports probiotics for either prevention or treatment even among those with frequent vaginal infections.

Infections of the mouth occur in about 6% of babies less than a month old. About 20% of those receiving chemotherapy for cancer and 20% of those with AIDS also develop the disease. About three-quarters of women have at least one yeast infection at some time during their lives. Widespread disease is rare except in those who have risk factors. These diseases are also known technically as candidosis, moniliasis, and oidiomycosis.

Questions and answers on "Yeast infections"

Yesterday I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with a yeast infection. There was no vaginal exam. I am 15 years old and have recently been sexually active. I am worried it might be more then a yeast infection. There are little red irritating bumps in my vagina. Is this a normal symptom of a yeast infection?

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Thanks for posting in HCM.
I understand your concern.
Red bumps what you are having in vagina could be superficial skin infection by bacteria. It does not look like yeast infection right now as yeast infection would present with itching and vaginal discharge.
Kindly maintain good genital...

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My doctor has told me to use Elica M cream for a yeast infection , is this safe? I read it can make the yeast infection actually worse. She also gave me Lomexin, which should I use? The Elica M seems to work better. I have had a yeast infection for three weeks and have taken 3, 150 flucozols, she has pushed it up to taking 2 a week (Monday/Thursday). I am miserable.

doctor1 MD

Hi,
The cream should not be used for a long period of time. You should consult your prescribing doctor to know exactly how long the cream to be applied. For the betterment kindly follow the suggestion below:
- Keep your self away from hot and humid climate.
- Take two times bath. Use two towels...

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I am 19, my husband is 21. This just started about a week ago.. when He enters my vagina there is a stinging discomfort.. it goes away after a couple minutes though. I just treated what I thought to be a yeast infection. And I have been taking rephresh. Could this stinging be from not being lubricated enough??

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It is definitely possible that a lack of lubrication can cause the symptoms that you describe. An easy way to find out is to use a simple lubricant such as KY Jelly which is available at any pharmacy. If this helps, then you know what is causing the problem. If this does not help, you might want...

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I currently have a yeast infection, treating it with cream and a tablet called fluconazole. Now I have a pressure in my right ovary and my pee hole is swollen. I have had a UTI before after I was treated for the yeast infection. I think I have a UTI now, but not sure. Could it still be the yeast infection too?

doctor1 MD

Hi,
From history it seems that now you might be having super added bacterial infection giving rise this problem.
Go for one antibiotic medicine course for 3-5 days.
This antibiotic medicine will work for urinary tract infection as well if at all there.
Keep local part clean, dry and airy.
Ok and...

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Hello Dr. Grief, my name is Patti and I am in need of assistance when it comes to a yeast infection . If one has a yeast infection, I do know they have a pill you can take immediately, a 3 day plan, if you will and I believe a 7 day one as well. Can you please tell me if there is such a thing as a doctor giving you pills to take (1 pill a WEEK for 6 weeks) for a yeast infection?

doctor1 MD

Hi, yes once a week fluconazole is usually given for yeast infection. Its dose is 150 mg evry week. Its a common drug used to treat fungal infections with lesser side effects.

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I was have symptoms of a perfect textbook case of a yeast infection. So I treated for a yeast infection, without going to a doctor. I used monistat7 Like the package said, all of the symptoms went away in 3 days. I had no side effects at all. I was just curious, if it was herpes symptoms and not a yeast infection, would the symptoms have went away

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Welcome to HCM.
Genital herpes manifests with the appearance of tiny grouped vesicles containing clear fluid, which would rupture within a day to give rise to tiny grouped ulcers with or without pain. These ulcers have a tendency for spontaneous cure within a week or two.
The treatment for...

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I m seventeen years old and I have had a yeast infection for over a year now. I have told my mother but she was never in any rush to take me to the gynecologist and still today is not. I have had all the symptoms associated with having a yeast infection. The only thing that is really distressing and has never left is the distinct odor and the white cottage cheese like discharge . It is very uncomfortable and embarrassing can you please tell me what i need to use in order to get rid of the yeast infection. There are so many creams and pills that i m unsure what would be best to get rid of this horrible thing..

doctor1 MD

Hi
Thank you for asking HCM
I have gone through your query.Your problem is most likely bacterial vaginosis and associated yeast infection.For my patients with such cases i advise clindamycin or metronidazole combined with clotrimazole in the form of vaginal suppositories or oral tablets.I also...

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Recent questions on  Yeast infections

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Hi I was at work when I expelled a white ish quarter sized piece of tissue from my vagina, followed by a small amount of blood and brown textured discharge. I have recently stopped using birth control for the first time in five years and I took a generic for diflucan pill for my yeast infection I currently have last night. I have been very careful and using protection. I will say I did have some pain in my right ovary area yesterday for a little bit. Any ideas what this might be?

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I have an itchy and sore rash that often forms under my breasts. I seem to get it whenever I sweat a lot. The pain feels like a knife cutting my skin! I think I have been told it is a yeast infection. I also have the rash in the area where my legs meet my body. What can I do besides keep it dry?

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Hi i have a bartholin cyst that i have had for about 3 months now. At first i wasnt sure what it was and didnt pay to much attention to it. After a while it started to get really painful and it started to grow. it was very painful to sit and to have sex. once i was covered through covered california i made an appoinment to be seen. the doctor told me it was a cyst and drained it the same day. since there was only yeast infection she gave me one pill to deal with the yeast infection. after it was drained the cyst came back within a week. it became very painful again and very big. i decided to make an appointment to get it drained. the second time i got it drained it was really painful and i noticed blood came out. after the second time it was drained the cyst returned after a week. i made an appointment with a gynecologist and the doctor did not want to do anything because there was blood inside. she said to ice it and hope it would get better. i have been icing it since then about 3 weeks now and i see no result. i started to read more about bartholin cyst and came across a website that recommended to take silica. about two days now that i have been taking silica and this morning i went to the bathroom and noticed some yellow fluid. after that one time there has been no more fluid discharge. i am wondering if the silica is helping and if the cyst will slowly drain itself? or was the yellow fluid from something else? what do you recommend to do?

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my husband has skin tears on his penis.his dr thought it was a yeast infection,he used the prescribed meds. it healed then we had sex it came back...we have been devoted to each other over 30+ yrs,he had contact with a hiv pt when he was a police officer over 18 yrs ago ,,,,antibiotci cream heals then when we have sex oral etc it comes back..he says it hurts also

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I am a 39 year male and I am urinating every 30 minutes to 1 hour. I don't have any pain or discoloration. Just concerned at how often im going I'd like to know what this could be if anything dangerous or to be concerned of.

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I have recurring yeast infection. How do I know it's a yeast infection? I feel a need to go to the bathroom frequently. Sometime it burns. No didcharge and Monostat seems to take care of it but I don't like to take that frequently. it's probably...

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I have a persistent yeast infection using fluconasole only takes it away for a day or two at the most. Sounds like nothing but is very uncomfortable. It was triggered when I was required to take 4 amoxicillin before a dental procedure after a knee...

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