Yeast infections are not a sexually transmitted disease. A yeast infection is caused by Candida, a common fungus found on everyone’s body.
How do I know if I have a yeast infection?
You may have a yeast infection if you’re experiencing vaginal itching or soreness; pain during sexual intercourse; or pain or discomfort when urinating. It’s normal for your vagina to produce some discharge, but an abnormal amount of discharge, or changes in color or consistency, may also be a sign of a yeast infection.
Who usually gets yeast infections?
Yeast infections can happen to anyone, but vaginal yeast infections can only occur in women. The following conditions will increase your chances of developing a yeast infection:
- Using birth control pills
- Having diabetes
- Having a weakened immune system
- Taking antibiotics
How do I treat a yeast infection?
You can pick up an antifungal medication without a prescription. These medications can be found in most pharmacies and many grocery stores, and they will usually treat the infection within 1-7 days. If your symptoms don’t go away with the use of an over-the-counter antifungal medication, then it’s best to see a health care provider to receive a prescription to treat the infection.
How to prevent future infections
- Wearing cotton underwear
- Limiting sugar and breads
- Drink plenty of water
- Wash thoroughly with mild, unscented soap
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