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Can Diabetes Cause Vaginal Yeast Infections?
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What Causes Vaginal Infections (With Diabetes) And What Are The Best Treatments?
Answer: Women with diabetes are at higher risk for developing vaginal infections than women without diabetes, and, in addition, if the woman's diabetes is not well controlled and her blood sugars are consistently high, that creates an environment of high sugar in the mucus membranes, and of course, that includes the vagina, and this creates a good environment for the overgrowth of both bacteria and yeast. So, those are the two main areas of infection, the two main causes of infection -- vaginal infection in women -- are bacteria and yeast. If it's a bacterial infection, the woman would need an antibiotic for treatment, and a yeast infection can be treated with anti-fungal agents. So it's important for a woman to see her primary care provider or gynecologist to have this condition diagnosed as probably one or the other. The caveat is, if a woman has had a yeast infection recently and the identical symptoms come back, and she's very confident that it's another yeast infection, she might be able to use an over-the-counter cream or suppository to treat that infection.
Women with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk for yeast infections because they have more sugar in their bodies. A vaginal yeast infection , also known as candidiasis, is a condition that causes itching and irritation around the vagina , a thick white vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese , and burning when using the bathroom or having sex. Although many women experience yeast infections , women with type 2 diabetes are at a greater risk, especially if their blood sugar levels are higher than normal.