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Candidiasis (Yeast Infection)

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Yeast Infection of the Genitals

Vaginal yeast infections are common in women. Common symptoms include:

  • Extreme itching in the vaginal area
  • Soreness and redness in the vaginal area
  • White, clumpy vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese
  • Painful intercourse

But men can get a yeast infection, too. This is more likely in men who are not circumcised.

Symptoms in men include:

It is important to get treated for a genital yeast infection. You may pass the infection back and forth to a sexual partner.

Several over-the-counter treatments for yeast infections are available. They can be used by both men and women. They come as a cream or suppository that you place inside the vagina or put on the penis. Research doesn't show that one works better than another.

If this is the first time you have had a vaginal yeast infection, or you do not get them very often, your doctor may recommend a single, 150-milligram dose of Diflucan (fluconazole).

Always make sure you are properly diagnosed before trying to treat yourself at home.

If the infection continues or returns often, you may need anti-fungal medicine every day for 10 to 14 days, and then once a week for six months.

Boric acid capsules may also be recommended for up to two weeks.

If you get frequent yeast infections, your doctor may need to investigate why you are having them. The doctor may suggest probiotics to prevent future infections. Probiotics are healthy bacteria similar to those that naturally occur in the intestines. They may be found in supplements, yogurts, and some other foods.

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