Yeast Infection

Yeast infection is part of a larger, encompassing fungal infection known as candidiasis. Other types of candidiasis are: systemic candidiasis, diaper candidiasis, candidid, candidal intertrigo and angular cheilitis, to name but a few. Yeast infections are quite a common occurrence with women, but can also affect men. In this article we will be looking at symptoms, causes, treatments and the prognosis of having a yeast infection.


The most common symptoms of a yeast infection are soreness and itching. Sometimes it can get as bad as to start burning and causing pain. Pain is usually brought on when the sufferer urinates or engages in sexual intercourse.

Some yeast infection sufferers will experience white discharge. This discharge looks like cottage cheese and is odorless. Usually symptoms of a yeast infection occur within a week before a menstrual cycle would begin.


Candida albicans is the most common cause of yeast infections. Candida albicans is a type of yeast. The vagina naturally contains a few yeast cells. These yeast cells are kept under control by a bacteria called Lactobacillus acidophilus. If this balance is disturbed then yeast can become unruly and take over. There are a few things that can cause an imbalance: pregnancy, antibiotics, HIV, hormone replacement therapy, high estrogen levels and diabetes.

If you would like to be pre-emptive in your attack on yeast infections keep these following tips in mind. First, do not douche or use any perfumes or deodorants on your vagina. Secondly, after using the toilet, make sure to wipe front to back (this keeps bacteria and yeast from your anus away from your vagina). Third, using breathable cotton underwear will help keep your genitals dry and less likely to produce yeast. And, fourthly, make sure to change feminine hygiene products often.

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There are a number of options when it comes to treating a yeast infection. There are nonprescription vaginal boric acid capsules, nonprescription vaginal medicine, and prescription vaginal or oral medication. If you decide to treat the yeast infection yourself, there are a couple of things you need to consider. First, make sure that you are not having recurrent, multiple infections. If this is something that happens a lot, you need to go see a doctor. Secondly, make sure that you actually have a yeast infection. If you have never had one before there is a possibility of a misdiagnosis. Go see your doctor. Thirdly, be sure that you have not been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection. These require a medical exam so a trip to the doctor's is necessary. Finally, make sure that you are not pregnant. Orally taking anti-fungal pills while you are pregnant can be very dangerous for your baby. It is better to use creams and lotions that you apply topically to the infected area. But, talk to your doctor about this. They are the expert.


If you get you use one of the treatment options mentioned earlier and go see your doctor, chances are your yeast infection will soon clear up and you should not have any other problems. However, if you do keep getting yeast infections or it does not go away it is important to go see your doctor again and explain the situation. If left untreated, a yeast infection can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease or trichomoniasis. The first can cause tubal pregnancy and infertility as well as pregnancy issues such as low birth weight and premature delivery. Trichomoniasis can also cause premature delivery and low birth weight, as well as, a higher risk of HIV transmission.