Wednesday, 9 December 2015


Yeast Infection

Having a yeast infection can be irritating and sometimes even embarrassing for the person experiencing it. Typically, a yeast infection is not something to worry about, however it needs to be taken care of quickly before it has a chance to grow and turn into something more severe.


A yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of the Candida albicans fungus. Despite popular belief, a yeast infection does not only occur in a woman’s vaginal area; a yeast infection can develop in a variety of places throughout the body including the genital areas in both men and women, the mouth, the skin, and in the intestines.

Many people choose to use simple homemade natural remedies to treat a yeast infection, while others may purchase an over the counter anti-fungal medication for treatment. If a yeast infection is severe, these remedies may not be very effective and a doctor may need to diagnose the infection and prescribe a stronger medication to get rid of the fungal overgrowth before it spreads or worsens.

If you are not certain that you have a yeast infection, a doctor should examine you to give a proper diagnoses and ensure that the problem is not something else that could be more severe and needing stronger treatment.


A genital yeast infection, although it most commonly occurs in women, can also occur in men. For a woman who is experiencing a vaginal yeast infection, she may experience such symptoms as a thick white discharge, redness, extreme itching, burning during urination, and she may experience pain during sexual intercourse.A male who is suffering from a yeast infection may also notice a thick cottage cheese like discharge coming from his penis, a red rash on the penis, pain from inside or around the head of the penis, and pain during urination. These symptoms associated with a male yeast infection are very similar to those of sexually transmitted diseases. For this reason, it may be important that a doctor examines the area to ensure that it is just a yeast infection and not something more serious.


When a genital yeast infection is left untreated, it can become very irritating, especially with the burning and itching sensation. Left untreated, it may not cause serious problems, however there is always the possibility that the yeast infection could spread to other parts of the body.

For a woman, an untreated yeast infection has the possibility of traveling into her reproductive organs, causing infertility problems. Also, if a yeast infection is left untreated, the chances of transmitting the infection to your sexual partner increases.


A yeast infection can also occur in the mouth, and this is known as oral thrush. When a person experiences oral thrush they will have symptoms such as white patches inside of the mouth, especially on the top of the tongue or inner cheeks, a thick white coating on the top of the tongue, loss of taste, pain, and slight bleeding if the patches are rubbed. An oral yeast infection can be caused by a variety of things and although there are a few natural remedies to use for oral thrush, many people may choose to see a doctor due to the pain it is causing them to eat and drink.

When an oral yeast infection goes untreated, the symptoms can become more painful and the infection can spread to the throat and the esophagus. When this happens, it can cause problems with both eating and drinking, resulting in malnourishment or dehydration.

Babies are more susceptible to developing an oral yeast infection than an adult due to their weakened immune system. Cases have been reported where the yeast infection has spread to the throat causing the baby breathing difficulties. A baby can also pass the yeast infection onto the mother through breast feeding, and then both the mother and baby will continue to pass it back and forth to one another.


When yeast grows in the intestines, the symptoms can be quite different than that of other yeast infections. Sometimes the Candida yeast can grow in the intestines and colon. When this happens, the person may experience a variety of symptoms such as increased fatigue, moodiness, unexplained weight gain, diarrhea or constipation, general overall discomfort, anxiety, depression, and cravings for specific foods, especially sugary foods or carbohydrates.

The problem with an intestinal yeast infections is that the symptoms can be the same as symptoms of a variety of other illnesses or diseases, making it very difficult to diagnose, even by a physician.


If an intestinal yeast infection is left untreated, the yeast infection will continue to grow causing other problems. The infection can move into other organs and your body does not have the ability to fight off toxins that enter the body. This infection can cause poor digestion meaning that the body does not get the proper nourishment that it should get from the food that is consumed.

A yeast infection can also lead to leaky gut syndrome. This happens when the wall of the intestines becomes so thin that the contents of the intestines can literally leak out into the body. When this happens, toxins from the Candida fungus along with particles of food can enter into the bloodstream.

As you can see, it is important that you do not ignore any of the symptoms associated with a yeast infection, no matter where it is on or in your body. You should treat the problem quickly before it has an opportunity to spread to other parts of the body causing more serious problems.

It is also important to have a yeast infection properly diagnosed because the symptoms may be similar to a more serious problem, or there may also be an underlying illness that you are not aware of causing a yeast infection to occur that needs to be treated as well. It is always best for your own health to have a Candida infection treated as quickly as possible, whether it be by natural homemade remedies, over the counter anti-fungal medication or a prescription medication from a licensed physician.

Source: WebMD ., Health line
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