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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.

Symptoms

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.

Causes

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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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.

Symptoms

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.

Causes

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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