Yeast Infection Causes - Treatment And Prevention

Oct 27 14:36 2007 Ricky Hussey Print This Article

Learn about yeast infections (yeast vaginitis), including the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

What is Yeast Infection?Yeast is a fungus scientifically referred to as Candida. The specific type of fungus most commonly responsible for vaginitis is Candida albicans. Yeast is commonly present on normal human skin and in areas of moisture,Guest Posting such as the mouth and vagina.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 80 percent of all women will experience a vaginal yeast infection at least once in their lives. In fact, it is estimated that 50% of college women in the United States have been diagnosed with at least one yeast infection by the age of 25. Luckily, yeast infections are fairly easy to treat.Yeast infection itself is not considered as highly dangerous, however, it can be very irritating and disturbing especially among women who are already preoccupied with other responsibilities or tasks. On the other hand, like most infections, it is highly transferable to other individuals including the opposite sex. Certain conditions of the body may make it easier for a person to acquire this disease such as diabetes and use of antibiotics.Other health problems which are usually associated with yeast infection include urinary tract infections and possible complications during pregnancy. However, these are not scientifically-based and are yet to be proven or negated in future studies.What causes Yeast Infection?Most yeast infections are caused by a type of yeast called Candida albicans.A healthy vagina has many bacteria and a small number of yeast cells. The most common bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus, help keep other organisms-like the yeast-under control.When something happens to change the balance of these organisms, yeast can grow too much and cause symptoms. Taking antibiotics sometimes causes this imbalance. The high estrogen levels caused by pregnancy or hormone replacement therapy can also cause it. So can certain health problems, like diabetes or HIV infection.SymptomsSymptoms include severe itching, burning, and soreness, irritation of the vagina and/or vulva, and a whitish or whitish-gray discharge, often with a curd-like appearance.Many women mistake the symptoms of the more common bacterial vaginosis for a yeast infection. In a 2002 study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, only 33 percent of women who were self treating for a yeast infection actually had a yeast infection. Instead they had either bacterial vaginosis or a mixed-type infection.In men, symptoms include red patchy sores near the head of the penis or on the foreskin, severe itching and/or a burning sensation. Yeast infection in men can also have a white discharge, although uncommon. However, having no symptoms at all is common and usually, a more severe form of the symptoms emerge later.What are the treatments for Yeast Infection?Various oral medications such as Diflucan or fluconazole and topical treatments may be prescribed by doctors to cure yeast infection. Home remedies such as using yogurt and garlic, whether internally and externally, can also be done. It is, however, important to consult a doctor first prior to applying any of the available remedies to avoid complications and further harm.Yeast Infection PreventionOnce you’ve had a yeast infection, you’ll probably never want it again. Unfortunately, yeast infections do tend to recur. To help lower your chances of experiencing another yeast infection, or to prevent getting one in the first place, here are some things you can do:    * Consider taking a daily supplement designed to help prevent the recurrence of a yeast infection    * Keep you vaginal area clean, being sure to wash the area when you shower    * After a shower or bath, make sure your vaginal area is completely dry before getting dressed

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