Inside the vagina is a delicate ecosystem of healthy bacteria. When this ecosystem is thrown out of balance, infections can develop. A yeast infection occurs when yeast overgrows and irritates the vaginal tissues.
Yeast or candida is a fungus similar to the ones that cause athletes foot and jock itch. Intense itching is a common and uncomfortable symptom that develops in almost every yeast infection. Not surprisingly given the sensitivity of the area, it is best to avoid scratching the irritated areas. Most pharmacies carry over-the-counter remedies to combat this symptom.
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