A vaginal yeast infection, also known as candidiasis , is a common condition. A healthy vagina contains bacteria and some yeast cells. But when the balance of bacteria and yeast changes, the yeast cells can multiply. This causes intense itching , swelling , and irritation. Treating a vaginal yeast infection can relieve symptoms within a few days.
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Candidiasis is an infection caused by a yeast a type of fungus called Candida. Candida normally lives inside the body in places such as the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina and on skin without causing any problems. Sometimes Candida can multiply and cause an infection if the environment inside the vagina changes in a way that encourages its growth.
Jump to content. Yeast is a fungus that normally lives in the vagina in small numbers. A vaginal yeast infection means that too many yeast cells are growing in the vagina. These infections are very common. Although they can bother you a lot, they are not usually serious.