Yeast is a fungus that most people have on their skin or digestive system. It is also usually present in the vagina or vaginal area. But sometimes, too much yeast grows on the skin or in the vaginal area, and you develop a yeast infection.
Most yeast infections are experienced by women in the vaginal area. This common type of infection is called vulvovaginal candidiasis. It can cause several uncomfortable and inconvenient symptoms.
When you are healthy, it is normal to have yeast and many types of bacteria living on the skin and in the vagina. But sometimes, things can disrupt the chemistry balance and cause the yeast to grow too much. Some of the most common things that can disrupt the body’s chemistry include:
Aside from in and around the vagina, a yeast infection can develop on the scrotum or penis. Although sexual contact can disrupt your body’s chemistry and lead to a yeast infection, it is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Some people who take antibiotics for another condition can develop a yeast infection. You may have bacterial vaginitis or an overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina. Taking antibiotics for this condition can create the conditions for the yeast to overgrow and cause an infection.
There are some common symptoms that many people notice when they have a vaginal yeast infection. These symptoms can include a whitish, clumpy discharge or a whitish coating on the vulva. The discharge from a yeast infection usually doesn’t smell. It may smell if you have bacterial vaginitis. Itchiness and irritation are common, and you might feel burning when peeing or during intercourse.
Many people also notice redness, soreness, or a rash on the vulva or vagina. If you have a yeast infection on your penis or scrotum, it may be red or rashy, and itchy.
You can also develop yeast overgrowth in other areas of the body. One common yeast infection among babies is thrush. Thrush causes a whitish or slightly yellow coating in the mouth and on the tongue. Yeast can also overgrow in the corners of the mouth, skin folds, or the navel of children and adults.
Although yeast infections are common, you may need medical help to treat your condition. It’s possible to have another underlying condition that could make treating it more challenging.
There are other times when you may want to see a doctor, such as:
If you feel like it’s time to see a medical provider for a yeast infection, visit ShorePoint Health ER & Urgent Care.
As one of the only health systems in Cape Coral with ER and urgent care services under one roof, ShorePoint Health Emergency & Urgent Care offers affordable pricing, quality care and trained staff. Patients are only billed based on the level of care received, and no appointments are needed for in-person visits. The ER is available 24 hours a day, and the urgent care walk-in clinic hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
ShorePoint Health Emergency & Urgent Care-Cape Coral, a department of ShorePoint Health Port Charlotte, is located at 2521 Del Prado Blvd. N. in Cape Coral and may be reached at 239-356-0740.