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Why would the Monistat not be a good idea for a yeast infection? .. Also, I asked what causes a yeast infection, I knew it was bacteria.. but I meant, how do you get the yeast infection in the first place, like.. is it something you do, eat, etc?


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Becuase if what you've got isn't a yeast infection, it'll do you no good, and might make any yeast infections you get after that more resistant to treatment.

Yeast is a fungus, not a bacterium, and is naturally found in the system. Sometimes it grows to excess, being on antibiotics, or losing the halthy bacteria normally found in the vagina can cause that. Not keeping clean enough, or wearing damp clothes can make your vagina a more hospitable environment for them, too.

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Monistat and other similar drugs like Lotrimin are anti-fungal drugs. Yeast are NOT bacteria. They are fungi. totally different organismal kingdoms (Kingdoms: animalia, plantae, fungi, protista, monera -- see a basic science book 7th grade and up for more details). Fungi have different properties than bacteria.

Anyway, so those drugs kill fungi. Similar drugs cure things like ringworm or athlete's foot.

You have yeast living in your vagina naturally; they coexist peacefully with bacteria (lactobacilli). sometimes, something disrupts the balance in there and one side takes over. In your case, the yeast are winning. Sometimes, taking antibiotics kills your lactobacilli and the yeast take over. Or sometimes sugar gets in there (from the wrong lube or something) and the yeast get more food to eat and they take over.

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