As a teen, why can discharge from my vagina mean I have a yeast infection?

Patricia Geraghty, NP
Women's Health
Yeast infections are actually overgrowth of a microscopic fungal organism that may be present in the vagina at any time. It is not something you catch from someone or something. This overgrowth causes symptoms including a very thick, white discharge that may have small clumps like cottage cheese. Other symptoms are severe itching, burning, redness and swelling.
 A yeast infection is treated with anti-fungal creams, suppositories or oral tablets. If you are sure you have a yeast infection, you may purchase treatment from a pharmacy without a prescription. If you not sure your symptoms are a yeast infection, you should see your health care provider.
 Not all or even most vaginal discharge is a yeast infection. The natural daily discharge is a combination of mucus from the cervix and sloughing of old vaginal wall cells. This discharge would not cause irritation and does not need to be treated.

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