What Causes Yeast Infections?

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An overgrowth of the yeast known as candida results in a fungal infection called candidiasis. Normal candida lives in the mouth, throat, skin, gut, and vagina. Seborrheic dermatitis, sometimes referred to as cradle cap, is a common yeast infection affecting infants. Other candidiasis of the skin can appear in the diaper area of toddlers or in the armpits of adults.

Thrush is an overgrowth of candida that occurs in the mouth or throat. Candidiasis in the gut can cause bloating, gas, and constipation. When the same fungal infection occurs in the vagina, it is commonly referred to simply as a yeast infection. Knowing the major causes of yeast infections can help with prevention.

1. Antibiotics

Taking antibiotics is a very common cause of yeast infections in women. Lactobacillus is the bacteria that keeps candida in check, and antibiotics decrease the amount of lactobacillus in the vagina. This results in the overgrowth of candida and the subsequent yeast infection.

If you are prone to yeast infections when taking antibiotics, your doctor may prescribe oral fluconazole to take along with the antibiotics. An over-the-counter (OTC) antifungal cream may also be used concurrently with antibiotics to keep the yeast under control. Many women take probiotics containing lactobacillus to help prevent the overgrowth.

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