WebMD does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Fluconazole (Diflucan): A prescription yeast infection medication taken by mouth. Date night? © Copyright 2020 Meredith Corporation. Planned Parenthood has a partner website about sexual health topics specifically for Nigeria. The tip can get red, inflamed, and rashy. Thank you, {{form.email}}, for signing up. However, the research is not conclusive. You might also have a creamy, whitish coating in and around your vagina. You have new or unusual pain or discharge in your genital area. Candida thrives in moist, warm areas of the body. What’s more, repeated use of antifungal medicines when you don’t have a yeast infection may make yeast resistant to treatment in the future. Some studies have shown that eating probiotic yogurt or taking Lactobacillus acidophilussupplements may slow the growth of yeast in the vagina, lowering the risk for infections. Oral yeast infections often affect babies under one year of age because their immune systems are not fully developed or may be weakened after receiving antibiotics for a bacterial infection. Itchiness and discomfort are the main symptoms of a yeast infection, but there are others. You can also treat yeast infections with a single pill that you swallow (called Diflucan or Fluconazole). They can cause redness and irritation on your penis or scrotum. But vaginal yeast infections are very common in women. Would you like to go to the Nigeria website? Women with recurrent or severe vaginal yeast infections; diabetes; compromised immune systems; infections caused by a species of yeast other than C. albicans; or women taking medications that suppress their immune systems (such as corticosteroids) are at risk of developing “complicated” vaginal yeast infections. RELATED: This Is What Causes Yeast Infections—Plus, How You Can Prevent Them. Options include prescription lozenges and liquids or antifungal pills. You might also have a creamy, whitish coating in and around your vagina. Risk for infection may be greater when a woman is pregnant or using hormonal birth control with higher levels of estrogen, since hormonal changes may upset the balance of yeast and bacteria in the vagina. Still, there are a few distinct symptoms to have on your radar: The symptoms all boil down to this: Yeast can be irritating to the sensitive mucus membranes of your vagina and labia. As many as three-quarters of women will be diagnosed with a yeast infection at least once in their lives. Thrush: White or yellow patches appear on the tongue or in the mouth, and the corners of the mouth may be cracked. WebMD does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Sign up for our Health Tip of the Day newsletter, and receive daily tips that will help you live your healthiest life. They aren’t contagious, and can’t spread to another person during sex. Symptoms of yeast infections in women can include itching and burning. Instead, you may notice: The most common complication of a yeast infection is another yeast infection. Yeast thrives in warm, moist areas of the body, such as the mouth, throat, vagina, groin, and buttocks. It can make irritation worse or cause cuts in your skin, which can spread germs and lead to more infection. Most women will get a vaginal yeast infection at some point in their life, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, making this a pretty common issue women grapple with. Ringdahl EN. doi:10.4103/0973-029X.141325, Jeanmonod R, Jeanmonod D. Vaginal Candidiasis (Vulvovaginal Candidiasis) [Updated 2020 Feb 4]. Some women don’t notice them at all, Dr. Schaffir says, while others can be in agony. However, for most people, itching is the main symptom of a vaginal yeast infection. Yeast infections are common. Your doctor examines your external genitals for signs of infection. Recurrent yeast infections can be disruptive to a person's well-being, affecting how they feel about themselves and their bodies.