Yeast infection is an infection caused by
yeast, which is a type of fungus. Vaginal
yeast infection is also refer to as
vaginitis. The scientific name for the yeast
that causes vaginitis is Candida.
Even though a female may not have a yeast
infection, the yeast may be present without
knowing it exists. The vaginal area is
constantly trying to balance yeast and
bacteria and when the yeast becomes
dominant, you will incur what is known as a
A yeast infection will create an itchy,
burning, or stinging sensation and may
produce a white cheesy discharge. Yeast
infection is not considered a STD, but it
can be transferred to a male sexual partner.
Women with diabetes, or pregnant, or use
oral contraceptives have a higher rate of
contracting a yeast infection. The use of
douches or vaginal hygiene can also increase
the potential for a yeast infection.
Home remedies for a vaginal yeast infection
include over-the-counter, non-prescription,
medications and will cure most yeast
infections. If symptoms persist, we
recommend a visit to your primary care
physician. One thing to consider is if you
are using an anti-itch medication for the
itching, it may not remedy the underlying
cause of yeast infection. Use a medication
specifically for the yeast infection.