About Yeast Infection

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.









Yeast Infection in Men

yeast-infection in men

Yeast Infection in Men

The term yeast infection is becoming more widely known; in the past the concept was chiefly associated with women, but today there is growing awareness that men can also be victims of the same condition. Conditions such as obesity and diabetes mellitus have been recorded as some of the leading causal factors of yeast infection in men.

yeast infection in men male imageYeast infection is not strictly speaking a sexually transmitted disease, although it may be spread when a man engages in sexual intercourse with a woman suffering from a yeast infection. As a result he may develop rashes and experience itchiness around the penile region.

Yeast infection in men is quite common.

Understanding the underlying causes of the condition can help in choosing the correct cure. However, it should not be merely assumed that one is suffering from yeast infection. If in any doubt, a medical examination, primarily by use of a microscope, should be performed.

Under normal conditions, symptoms of yeast infection are similar to those of a number of sexually transmitted conditions, and this is why doctors recommend a proper medical test before patients take any medication. Men suffer from yeast infection just like women. Although the causes may be somewhat different, the resultant problem is the same. When we speak about yeast infection in men, we basically mean penile yeast related infection. Candida is a naturally occurring fungus that exists in small amounts in women’s vaginal area; various conditions can trigger growth of this fungus, which in turn could lead to increased vaginal yeast. Unfortunately, Candida is transmittable through direct contact, and this is when yeast infection can be considered as comparable to a sexually transmitted disease.

When an infected woman engages in unprotected sex with a man, she could infect that man with the same condition. This means that getting a cure for yeast infection under those circumstances would not necessarily help as the woman could be infected again by the same man. In the past it was believed yeast infection wasn’t a sexually transmitted disease. While this remains technically true, nevertheless it is clear yeast infection can be spread by physical contact during sex; therefore it is best to practice safe sex in order to minimize such contact. Additionally, caution should be exercised in relation to oral sex as this can also be a source of the infection. Where yeast infection occurs it is advisable that both partners are treated to avoid double infections, especially when one partner is tested against the condition.

Other common causesyeast-infection in men is quite common of yeast infections include intake of various antibiotics, although this is a less common cause of yeast infection in men. Yeast is naturally present in moist regions of the human body, like the mouth, the skin, the penile region in men, and the vaginal area in women. In addition to sexual contact and antibiotic use, it should be noted that obesity and diabetes can also lead to increased yeast secretion, possibly leading to yeast infections.

Generally, men with diabetes are at a greater risk of contracting yeast infection due to the increase in sugar levels in their urine. These sugars act as yeast triggering mechanisms; consequently, yeast infection in men with diabetes is very common. In addition, if the victim always feels thirsty and has the urge to urinate very frequently, it is recommended that he see a doctor, who can investigate the possibility of yeast infection in the penile region. There are other causes of yeast infection possible in men that we have not really touched on.

Aside from the obvious signs, i.e. itching and rashes in the area of the groin, how can a man be sure if he is suffering from a yeast infection? The fact is that it is just as hard to diagnose yeast infection in men as it is in women. However, if the head of the penis is irritated and sore, with accompanying itching, patients should certainly see a doctor. Another common symptom is a whitish discharge, often with a bad smell. If you do research or ask your doctor, you will learn that there are ointments and antibiotics that can be bought over the counter and on the internet. Such remedies can treat yeast infection in men very effectively.