What Causes Yeast Infections?

As many as 3 out of 4 women get a yeast infection sometime in their lives with most women experiencing at least two infections. Symptoms of a yeast infection are often uncomfortable. While these infections may be easy to treat, it’s crucial to see a medical professional to ensure that you receive proper diagnosis and treatment. 

Dr. Joseph Brooks specializes in vulvovaginal disease and can treat a wide range of disorders affecting the female reproductive system. At Arizona Specialized Gynecology in Phoenix, our team is well-versed in getting to the bottom of your gynecologic conditions, including yeast infections, and providing you with the best treatment options. 

What is a vaginal yeast infection?

Yeast infections occur when an excessive growth of Candida in the vagina. This type of infection happens when the balance between healthy bacteria and yeast changes. When the right type of environment is present and allows yeast to flourish, it can lead to intense itching, swelling, and irritation. 

Symptoms of a yeast infection

Vaginal yeast infections are often associated with a whitish-gray discharge which may have a watery consistency or look like cottage cheese. Other symptoms may include:

Yeast infections that go untreated can experience more severe symptoms, including swelling and itching that leads to open sores and tears. Patients who report complications with a yeast infection often have four or more of them in a year. 

Causes of yeast infections

A yeast infection can happen for a variety of reasons that change the balance of bacteria and yeast in the vagina. Causes of yeast infections may include:

There are things you can do to care for your vaginal health to make Candida yeast overgrowth less likely.

Treating a year infection

While some over-the-counter yeast treatments may be effective, many women find some of these products irritating.  Some forms of vaginal yeast are resistant to over-the-counter as well as some prescribed medications. If you’ve found no relief, or have recurrent yeast infections, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brooks. He can correctly diagnose your condition and prevent you from developing any further symptoms. 

Dr. Brooks may suggest topical creams or suppositories that are applied directly to the vagina, he may prescribe oral medication to clear the infection. He’ll give you specific instructions on how to use whatever treatment he recommends.

Don’t suffer with the uncomfortable symptoms of a yeast infection when relief is just a quick office visit away. Call our office in Phoenix or book an appointment online today. 

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