Yeast infections (candidiasis) are one of the most common types of vaginal infections. A yeast infection is caused by Candida, a fungus found in the normal vagina. However, when the balance of bacteria and yeast in the vagina is disturbed, the yeast may overgrow and cause symptoms.
What Causes Yeast Overgrowth?
Candida overgrowth can stem from a number of factors. But, if you’re under stress for a prolonged period of time like many of us during the holidays, the body may begin to produce increased levels of cortisol, a hormone that can weaken the immune system, and simultaneously cause elevated levels of blood sugar. And, since yeast feeds off of sugar, candida is able to grow faster than normal. While Mrs. Claus means well, stress gets the best of us and we get carried away baking one batch of cookies too many.
What are the Symptoms of Yeast Infections?
The most common symptoms of a yeast infection are: