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How are yeast infections related to vaginal infections?

Every woman has a small amount of the yeast Candida albicans in the vagina. When there is an excess of this yeast, however, a vaginal yeast infection can occur. Vaginal yeast infections are very common among women. The symptoms include itching, redness and a thick, white discharge. Typically, no odor is present. Yeast infections are treated with antifungal medications, which can come in the form of a pill, cream or suppository. Yeast infections are just one type of possible vaginal infection; bacterial vaginosis, for example, is a vaginal infection caused by bacteria.

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