What is a yeast infection?
Yeast infections can affect the penis and scrotum of men but are most commonly associated with women and are found in their reproductive tract. Yeast is a type of fungus that is normal and can be found within most healthy vaginas. When the yeast grows too much, it can lead to an infection and cause major discomfort and irritation.
What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
Yeast infections can cause the vagina to produce a thick, milky white discharge or even a creamy coating in the vagina itself. Oftentimes, the infection will cause burning, itching, or redness in or around the vagina and can cause sexual intercourse to be painful. Irritation and itching generally grows worse as the infection is left untreated for longer and longer. Extreme cases may result in fissures or sores on either the vagina or vulva, as well as a burning sensation while urinating.
How to treat a yeast infection
SInce the infection consists of an abundance of yeast, the most common form of treatment for a yeast infection is an antifungal to help bring yeast levels back to normal and leave room for the infection to heal. It is advised to abstain from sexual activity until the infection has cleared, and as always, make sure you use all the medication prescribed even if you believe the infection is gone.
Sign up for free to schedule a virtual telemedicine doctor visit with a Board Certified Physician.