Some 12 to 15 percent of men also develop symptoms of an infection, especially after contact with an infected partner.
Children can also be infected, especially when they are sick and are taking antibiotics.
Children who wear diapers can also get infections because of the damp environment of their diapers.
A yeast infection, also known as candidiasis, is an infection caused by yeast called candida albicans, a type of fungus.
These infections usually occur in warm and moist parts of the body, such as the mouth and the vagina.
Most are superficial and are treatable.
There are, however, systemic forms of candidiasis but these are confined to immuno-compromised persons such as cancer, transplant and AIDS patients.
How does one find out if he or she is infected? Here are some of the common signs and symptoms: oAmong the many symptoms in women is itching and irritation in the vagina.
If you experience these symptoms, you better see your doctor or gynecologist right away.
oRedness, swelling or itching of the folds of the skin outside the vagina, or the vulva are also common symptoms.
Gynecologists usually give creams that relieve itching for these particular symptoms.
oA thick, white discharge that look like cottage cheese and may be odorless of may smell like bread or yeast is also one of the symptoms among women.
oAlso considered a symptom is pain or a burning sensation when urinating or during sex.
oMen who get infected by a sexual partner who has a yeast infection will have balanitis, an infection of the head of the penis.
This is caused by the same candida that causes the infection among women.
Men who get balanitis may or may not experience the symptoms of an infection.
Those who do experience the symptoms, however, will have a red, sore and itchy tip of the penis and some will have a slight discharge.
oThe symptoms among children affected by chronic mouth yeast infections are usually white patches around the mouth.
Other common symptoms among children include frequent diaper rash, colic that lasts for over three months, athlete's foot, hives and eczema.
Some children also develop digestive problems such as gas, bloating and diarrhea.