How Do You Treat a Yeast Infection?

Know the causes and symptoms of yeast infections, and what home remedies and treatments are effective.
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Reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP on July 31, 2013

How Do You Get A Yeast Infection?

If you've had a yeast infection, you know how uncomfortable it can be. See your doctor first for a diagnosis if you think you may have a yeast infection. Symptoms of a yeast infection are similar to bacterial vaginosis or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) so it is important to rule those diseases out.

Candida albicans is a fungus commonly present in the vagina. An overgrowth of Candida is what causes a vaginal yeast infection. About 75% of women will have a yeast infection at some point in their lives.

Many factors can cause you to get a yeast infection, including stress, lack of sleep, illness, antibiotics, steroids, hormonal birth control (the pill, patch, or vaginal ring), other contraception devices (diaphragm, sponge, IUD), HIV/AIDS, diabetes, poor diet with lots of sugary foods, pregnancy, hormone changes during your period, menopause, and sexual activity.

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