Box 103 Vaginal Yeast Infections

The female genitourinary tract is colonized with yeasts, in particular Candida albicans. These fungi are normally balanced by bacterial flora. The use of antibiotics or changes in the local environment due to hormones or other physiological conditions can result in proliferation of yeasts. As a society, we encourage individuals to self-diagnose and self-treat by making available over-the-counter antifungal agents that are applied topically to the surface of mucosal membranes. Although...