About Yeast Infection


Yeast Infection Yeast infection is a condition that occurs once new yeast has been introduced in a naturally occurring yeast area, like the vagina. The condition can also occur when there is a higher yeast count in areas within the body that secrete yeast, for instance, the skin or other moist places. The most common type of yeast infection is one affecting women, known as vaginal yeast infection. This occurs when there is an increase in Candida Albicans, which is the fungus that causes this condition. The other common type of yeast infection is penis yeast infection, which occurs in men.

 

 

Yeast Infection treatment

Note that the treatment of these two similar conditions is somewhat different. In the past, yeast was mostly associated with the reproductive organs in both males and females, but today, the condition has further been connected with bladder infections, and infections of the digestive tract as well as the mouth. There are different causes of yeast infection; the causal factors differ depending on the area of infection as well as the person affected. For instance, vaginal yeast infection in women is much different from penis yeast infection in men. The introduction of more yeast in the vagina in women leads to increased chances of contracting this kind of infection.

In the vagina, yeast occurs naturally but its tendency to increase is normally suppressed by other naturally occurring bacteria. However, the situation can arise that the protective bacteria can no longer suppress it, which leads to a higher chance of a yeast infection. One reason for this is that the protective bacteria could have been weakened by intake of various antibiotics. Other factors, such as pregnancy, can also trigger increased yeast. It has been shown that three out of four women will have suffered or will suffer from yeast infection at some time during their lives.

Women using oral contraceptives, and people suffering from diabetes mellitus will also be prone to yeast infection. Candida Albicans is a fungus that exists naturally within the vagina and interfering with its normal existence is indeed the main cause of increased yeast. How can a victim know if he or she  suffers from a yeast infection? There are different types of symptoms and these vary depending on the person affected. For instance, in women, there will be increased itching around the vulva, as well as a burning sensation in the same area. If the victim has noticed cumulative pain during intercourse, this may also be a sign that there could be increased yeast.

In many cases, sufferers may not notice the symptoms immediately. However, unusual vaginal discharge should ring alarm bells. Such vaginal discharge can have different characteristics; in some cases the discharge may be colourless and thin, whereas in other cases it may be somewhat white or yellowish in colour, and thick with a cheese-like texture.

It should be noted, however, that vaginal discharge isn’t the first symptom to look for.  This is because not all patients have this as a symptom and thus by focusing on other symptoms there is a better chance of identifying a yeast infection.

Yeast Infection micro imageIt is also important to understand that the physical appearance of any vaginal discharge cannot be the final proof of a yeast infection.  This is because other conditions, such as Chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhoea, could also exhibit the same symptoms. Due to this fact, the examining doctor must use a microscope in order to reveal whether the individual is suffering from yeast infection or not.  One of the most contradicting symptoms in yeast infection relates to causal factors. When an individual has not been examined by a doctor, the symptoms of the infection can be confused with those caused by a sexually transmitted disease.

Although yeast infection isn’t a sexually transmitted condition, men who come into contact with infected partners could develop symptoms like itching or a rash around the penis area. It is therefore recommended that protective sex be practised in such situations. Treatment for yeast infection depends on the causes.  There are home remedies and over- the-counter prescriptions that can be used to treat common symptoms, but in most cases a doctor will prescribe antibiotics such as Miconazole or Butoconazole. When prescribed these, it is recommended that the patient reads the instructions and uses the medicine only as directed.