If you’ve ever had a yeast infection, I don’t have to tell you the misery it brings to your life. If you haven’t . . . then you’re lucky. If you’re not sure, check out the list for yeast infection symptoms.
Yeast is everywhere in our bodies and is one of the common ailments affecting many people from all over the world.
In order to comprehensively understand what this infection entails, it is of paramount importance to understand what causes this infection as well as the various ways that can be used to prevent or cure the ailment. Yeast is a form of fungus which is scientifically referred to as Candida. In most cases it is found in moist areas in the human body such as vagina and mouth. Research shows that 25%–50% of healthy women from different parts of the world carry yeast in their body either knowingly or unknowingly.
The most common is yeast infection in women, and is caused by introduction of new yeast, or accumulation of yeast in the vagina. Increase in the population of the yeast in the vagina can be caused by eradication of the protective bacteria as a result of taking antibiotics or immunosuppressive drugs normally used to treat infection in the respiratory system or the urinary tract.
As the yeast multiplies in numbers in this area, it causes irritation on the lining of the vagina which creates discomfort. Other conditions that can increase susceptibility to this problem include pregnancy, diabetes mellitus, and use of vaginal hygiene sprays especially the perfumed sprays.
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Male Yeast Infection
Dealing with male yeast infection can be challenging because most men prefer to keep this to themselves, and do not consider seeing a doctor. The most common symptoms of yeast infection in men occurs around the scrotum, under the penis, as well as beneath the foreskin, especially at the tip of the penis.
Just like vaginal yeast infection, this health complication may result from use of antibiotics as well as decline in the level of immunity in the body. The weakening of the immune system can result from lack of a balanced diet or a HIV virus. Men can also get this infection though sexual intercourse with an affected female partner, but it is important to note that this is not a sexually transmitted disease.
Adopting a vegetarian lifestyle can help to cure this problem. In most cases creams and lotions are used to treat this problem, however if the problem is recurrent it is advisable to look for other treatment options that can treat the main cause of penile yeast infection.
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What is Thrush?
Oral Thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth and is caused by infections of the oesophagus, and in most cases it appears as curd like patches inside the mouth and on the tongue. Antifungal medicines are used to treat thrush effectively but in cases where the patient has a weakened immune system the problem may be difficult to completely cure and prevent the problem from recurring after the initial teratment.
Yeast Infection in Children
Unfortunately yeast infections affect all persons despite the age and can affect even young children. They may get infected trough their mothers during the process of birth which result in an imbalance of bacteria and fungi (microbes) in the body.
Diaper rashes can also be caused by yeast infection in children, and it happens to babies not older than two years old and to adults who use diapers. The infected area is normally where the diaper meets the skin, and has bright red splotches in the skin.
If you already know that your problem is yeast and you want to know what to do about it, we’re here to help. We have a section for treating yeast infection, which includes home remedies and natural remedies for treating yeast infections.
Other topics that I cover are listed here for quick reference:
What is a yeast infection
Yeast infection symptoms / What causes yeast infections
Yeast infection in the mouth / Oral thrush
Yeast infection treatments / Home and Natural remedies
Vaginal yeast infection / Yeast infection during pregnancy
Male yeast infection / Treating male yeast infection
Recurring yeast infection / Preventing yeast infections
Children and yeast infections
Untreated yeast infection
Yeast infection photos