Infections

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE VAGINAL FUNGAL INFECTIONS DURING PREGNANCY

 

What are vaginal fungal infections during pregnancy?

Also known as a Candida infection (Candidiasis) or a yeast infection, a fungal infection in the vagina is an infection with any of several species belonging to a genus (group) of fungus called Candida. Fungal infection of the vagina and vulva is called vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), or sometimes vulvovaginitis. VVC is an example of a superficial fungal infection, which also applies to fungal infections of the skin and nails. This is in contrast with fungal infections that are classified as invasive, meaning that the fungus has infected the bloodstream (candidemia) and/or various parts of the body, including the lungs or the layers around the brain. Most fungal infections in humans are caused by a species of fungus called Candida albicans. Among non-C. albicans infections, most are caused by any of the following other four Candida species: Candida glabrata, Candida tropicalis, Candida parapsilosis, Candida krusei.


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