yeast infection


Definition of yeast infection 

: infection of the vagina with an overgrowth of a normally present candidal fungus (Candida albicans) that is characterized by a discharge and inflammation broadly : an infection (such as thrush) caused by a yeast fungus or a yeast-like fungus

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Several studies link IUDs with recurrent yeast infections, suggesting that the IUDs and their strings can harbor candida, a.k.a. Ashley Oerman, Cosmopolitan, "18 Things Every Woman Should Know About Getting an IUD," 6 Feb. 2018 That’s what happens in vaginal yeast infections, for instance, and also in infections that bloom in the mouth and throat or bloodstream when the immune system breaks down. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018 Fungi like Candida albicans, which causes yeast infections, can last longer than bacteria, possibly for weeks depending on the circumstances involved, Dr. Leone says. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "How to Clean Your Sex Toys So You Can Use Them Safely," 15 Mar. 2018 The simplest infections like yeast infections and STDs require some kind of preliminary screening, says Samuels. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Reasons Sex Can Be Painful," 18 Aug. 2017 In his 40-plus years as a developmental biologist at the University of Iowa, David Soll studied HIV, yeast infections and white blood cells. Lisa Fields, Discover Magazine, "Tumors in Real Time," 11 May 2018 Keep in mind that young children might instead get a diaper rash, and boys might get urethritis, a yeast infection of the urethra. Barbara Brody, Woman's Day, "7 Signs You May Have Type 2 Diabetes," 29 June 2017 There are no visible signs and it's often diagnosed after gynos rule out other conditions, such as a bad yeast infection. Zoe Ruderman, Cosmopolitan, "22 Vital Facts You Need to Know About Your Vagina," 19 June 2017 As many of us know a little too well, yeast infections are incredibly common. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "Is It Safe to Have Sex With a Yeast Infection?," 16 Feb. 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of yeast infection

medical : a disease that affects the vagina and that is caused by a fungus

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Medical Definition of yeast infection 

: an infection of the vagina with an overgrowth of a yeastlike fungus of the genus Candida (C. albicans) normally present in the vaginal flora and characterized by vaginal discharge and vulvovaginitis broadly : an infection (as thrush or tinea versicolor) caused by a yeast or yeastlike fungus

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