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A vaginal yeast infection is the growth of too many yeast cells in the vagina. This is common in women of all ages. Itching, vaginal discharge and irritation, and other symptoms can bother you. But yeast infections don't often cause other health problems.
Some medicines can increase your risk of getting a yeast infection. These include antibiotics, birth control pills, hormones, and steroids. You may also be more likely to get a yeast infection if you are pregnant, have diabetes, douche, or wear tight clothes.
With treatment, most yeast infections get better in 2 to 3 days.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: February 11, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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