Inside the vagina is a delicate ecosystem of healthy bacteria and fungus, such as yeast. When this ecosystem is thrown out of balance, infections can occur within the vagina. With a yeast infection, this happens when there is either too much yeast or not enough of it. This allows the yeast and bacterias to grow out of control, creating an infection. The causes of these imbalances are pretty simple and can be prevented rather easily, as outlined below.
Intense itching is a common and extremely uncomfortable symptom that happens to nearly every female during most yeast infections. Yeast, or candida, is a fungus very similar to athletes foot and jock itch. The itching that comes with yeast infections is best left alone though. Since scratching it can open the skin, leaving painful lesions that are subject to bacterial infections. Most pharmacies carry over the counter remedies to combat the itch associated with yeast infections.
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