Scientifically known as vaginal candidiasis, vaginal yeast infections are common and severely unpleasant infections that affect the vagina and the tissues around the vaginal opening, typically characterized by itchiness and vaginal discharge. This fungal infection is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, but it can be spread through oral or genital contact with the vagina, which may be why more than 75% of women will experience a yeast infection at some point in their lives.
The symptoms of yeast infections can vary, but they typically include itching, redness, vaginal swelling and irritation, thick white discharge, and a burning sensation when peeing. More severe symptoms, such as cracking of the skin or bleeding are exceedingly rare, but if you experience them, you should see a doctor immediately.
There are a number of medications that can quickly treat yeast infections, but many women choose to turn to natural remedies, as they are readily available and have been proven highly effective over the years. Most yeast infections are mild in nature, and easily remedied, but if you have chronic yeast infections, if this is your first yeast infection, if you’re pregnant or have diabetes, then you should see a doctor.