Yeast infections

What is a yeast infection?

A yeast infection is a type of fungal infection that affects the skin or mucous membranes. Common factors include:

  • Diabetes
  • Oral corticosteroids
  • Antibiotics
  • Hormones-changing events, such as birth control pills or pregnancy

Yeast can develop in the vaginal and groin area, under the breasts, or in mucous membranes. This can occur after taking antibiotics. Men, women, transsexual and non-binary persons can experience this.

If you think you might have a yeast infection, read on to learn about symptoms, prevention, and treatment.

What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?

The following symptoms are most common:

  • Vaginal and groin itching or soreness
  • Pain with urination due to external irritation of the urethra (not from a bladder infection)
  • Vaginal and groin discharge
  • Pain with intercourse

How are yeast infections prevented?

There are many strategies to prevent yeast infections, such as:

  • Wear breathable underwear/loose clothing
  • Avoid soaps and feminine hygiene products with fragrance
  • Avoid vaginal douching
  • Change out of wet clothes after swimming/working out
  • Wash underwear/towels with hot water
  • Keep blood sugar in check if you are diabetic

How are yeast infections treated?

Most yeast infections can be treated with pills, creams, prescriptions, or over-the-counter medications.

Patient First is able to treat people who think they may have an infection, including yeast and bacterial infections. It is important to see a medical professional if you think you may have a yeast infection. Your provider may perform lab testing and may also provide prescription drugs on-site during your visit.

You can visit any Patient First center from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., any day of the week – no appointment is needed.