Vaginal yeast infection is a common type of infection of the vagina. Most women experience vaginal yeast infection at some time. It is caused by a fungus known as Candida. The fungus candida albicans is normally present in the vagina, mouth, digestive tract, and on the skin, but it does not cause disease or symptoms. However, certain favourable conditions promote the growth of Candida albicans in the vagina and it may cause symptoms of infection. The signs and symptoms of vaginal yeast infection are non-specific that is many other conditions can cause similar signs and symptoms. Some other conditions which may cause symptoms similar to vaginal yeast infection are bacterial vaginosis (a bacterial infection of the vagina), trichomoniasis (a sexually transmitted infection), and dermatitis (irritated skin).
Common symptoms of vaginal yeast infection are:
You may or may not have all the symptoms. If you have symptoms suggestive of vaginal yeast infection consult your doctor to confirm the diagnosis and treatment.
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