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A yeast infection commonly known as candida is an infection caused by an overgrowth of yeast, usually in moist areas of the body. Yeast is present naturally all over the body but may multiply and cause a yeast infection. The most common types of yeast infections are in the vaginal area.
If the acidity level in the vagina changes then yeast can grow and cause an uncomfortable itch. The acids found in the vaginal canal kill yeast cells and keep them at a healthy level. Yeast infections are also common in young babies as wet diapers are a natural breeding ground for yeast overgrwoth.
Symptoms of a Yeast Infection
If someone has a vaginal yeast infection they will notice painful burning in the vaginal area. Sexual activity will become more painful and a 'cottage cheese' like discharge may occur. The vulva area may swell up as well and become itchy and painful. Yeast infections are very common in women and there are many causes. Birth control is one of these contributors. Sexually transmitted infection may occur and sperm can be a contributing factor. It is important to see a doctor to ensure that what may be thought of as a yeast infection is not a a more serious STD.
Long periods of time soaking in a bath allows warm water to sit in the vaginal canal and may affect the balance of acidity in the vagina which makes it more susceptible to yeast overgrowth . Any scented products such as feminine wipes, baby wipes and tampons can also cause a yeast infection. Try not to bathe too much and do not add bath products.