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Yeast infection cause? Many years. I'm 76. last pap was 11…

Yeast infection cause? Doctor's...

Yeast infection cause?

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you dealt with the yeast infection? Have you experienced this in the past?

Many years.

Doctor's Assistant: When was your last pap test or pelvic exam? Any irregular results from past exams?

I'm 76. last pap was 11 years past. all normal.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Herpes...not the kissing kind.

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Welcome to JA and thanks for this question. I'm sorry to hear about your yeast infection. Actually, a yeast infection is caused by a fungal organism known as Candida albicans. This is a very common fungus which is present in our normal environment, now usually it does not cause a yeast infection in the vagina or an infection in other regions of the body. However when certain changes occur in the body or if certain risk factors are present then it can lead to the development of a yeast infection. These risk factors include,

  • Antibiotic use. Yeast infections are common in women who take antibiotics. Broad-spectrum antibiotics, which kill a range of bacteria, also kill healthy bacteria in your vagina, leading to overgrowth of yeast organisms.
  • Increased estrogen levels. Yeast infections are more common in women with an increased estrogen level. This can include women who are pregnant or those who are taking high-dose estrogen birth control pills or estrogen hormone therapy.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes. Women with diabetes who have poorly controlled blood sugar levels are at greater risk of yeast infections than women with well-controlled diabetes.
  • Impaired immune system. Women with lowered immunity — such as from corticosteroid therapy or HIV infection — are more likely to get yeast infections.
  • Sexual activity. Although yeast infections aren't considered sexually transmitted infections, sexual contact can spread the candida fungus.

Now in some cases, a yeast infection can be recurrent which means that it can occur repeatedly, some women may experience more than 3 infections in a single year which means that they would be labeled as having chronic infections. In this case, the treatment would be markedly different than the treatment for an acute occasional episode. Usually, in this case, we advise that patients use a long-term course of ORAL antifungal medications like fluconazole as well as use other medications like boric acid suppositories or even long-term use of topical antifungal agents.

If you are experiencing repeated infections then you should get this evaluated by visiting your doctor and having him look for any underlying cause and also start you on long-term treatments.

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