Monday, April 2, 2012

Examining Yeast Infection Causes

Candidiasis is the scientific name for yeast infection. Yeast is everywhere in our bodies particularly in our mouths, abdomen, under arms, nail beds or any part of our body that has skin folds. For women, yeast can usually be found under the breasts and the vagina. But if the yeast in our bodies reach more than the normal levels, that’s when yeast infection strikes. Yeast infection causes our bodies to produce too much yeast and is triggered by a fungus called Candida Albicans. This fungus likes to thrive in moist areas of our bodies. The most common symptom of yeast infection is severe itching in the affected area.

Common Yeast Infections
Yeast infection can happen to anyone. In fact, it affects men, women and even children. The most common types if yeast infection are, vaginal yeast infections, thrush, diaper rashes and nail bed infections.

Vaginal Yeast Infection
The most frequent yeast infection in women is vaginal yeast infection when there is abnormal growth of yeast in the vagina that causes vaginal burning, itching and discharge. This type of infection is usually caused by taking antibiotics and steroids but it can also be prompted by pregnancy, sperm, diabetes and taking birth control pills. Vaginal yeast infection happens more to women after menopause.
The first symptom of vaginal yeast infection is noticing a white cheesy discharge from the vagina that causes the area to itch. Experiencing pain during sexual intercourse and urination is another symptom.

Thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth. Thrush can occur to people who take anti-inflammatory medicines, antibiotics or birth control pills. A person is likely to get thrush if they are a smoker or wear dentures that are either too loose or too tight. Mothers can also get thrush from their babies through breastfeeding.
An indication that of thrush infection seeing white creamy cuts that appear slightly raised anywhere in the mouth. These cuts can sting especially if they are scratched off. Other symptoms of thrush include having trouble swallowing and fever especially if the infection has spread to the throat

Diaper Rash
Diaper rashes can also be caused by yeast infection and it happens to babies not older than two years old and to adults who use diapers. Since the candida fungus thrives in moist places, it’s not uncommon that it would infect the area where the diaper meets the skin. Diaper rashes appear as bright red splotches in the skin and it can occur after taking antibiotics.
It’s easy to spot a diaper rash. The irritated area of a diaper rash can spread all over a baby’s bottom, their genitalia or in specific areas. It can also appear in the folds of the skin.

Nail bed Infections
Yeast infection can also occur on the skin under the nails. Aside from the common causes of yeast infection, nail bed infections also happen when the hands are exposed to water frequently or when a manicure had been badly done.
Nail bed infections are painful and the area around the nail will appear red and swollen. The worst kind of nail infection can cause the fingernail to separate from the skin so that the nail bed turns into an ugly shade of yellow or white.

Yeast infection is a treatable disease and it goes away without any complications. These common types of yeast infections get cleared up in one to two weeks. The best defense against yeast infection causes is having a strong immune system that will protect you from the recurrence of the disease.

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What causes yeast infection? Do I have it? Here are my symptoms, what do you think it is?

I've probably had this infection for at least a month or two and I wasn't so sure what it was. I am experiencing - White discharge that tends to stick to the walls of my labia (sp?) Itchy here and there, and that is pretty much it. I have one sex partner which is my husband and we both have been faithful to one another. I have douched before and I have used condoms. Could these items be causing this? Should I purchase some Vagisil when I can? Thanks in advance!

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Sounds like a yeast infection.

For future, reference, douching is bad, and may have caused the problem.

If it's your first infection, go to the doctor to rule out other factors. Otherwise, someOTC yeast medications will probably work.
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  • One more thing: If your partner is infected, you can end up playing ping-pong with it.

    He needs to treat himself with Miconazole. There's a generic out there. White fluffy cream. I hesitate to say it, but it is the same active ingredient as in athlete's foot medicine. Don't get creative with medications.

    The white discharge is called smegma.

    Beyond that, he needs to _always_ wash his penis with plain water. Peel back the foreskin and rinse off the glans thoroughly. The body has natural antibodies which fight the yeast; they are defeated by soap.

    It is more frequent in uncircumcised men.
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  • it is posible for you to have thrush the syptoms you are experiencing are very similar, you can pick up canesten throush treatment for any chemist! it is harmless and wont cause you any problems other than discomfort! you dont only catch it through sex, it is cause by an imbalance of bacteria down below, it can be cause but tight underwear, certain scented soap, poor hygeine and touching there with dirty hands!
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  • Sounds like you have thrush, which can be a result of douching , thrush is just an over production of yeast, which is naturally found in a woman's womb in small quantities but douching ,, being overly warm making you sweat, or with some women taking antibiotics can cause an over production of yeast (candida).It wont go away on its own, probably get worse if you don't treat it.
    the symptoms you have sound like you have thrush.
    It isn't classed as an STD but it can irritate the male and cause itchiness and in some cases discharge.
    go to the chemist there are a number of remedies you will find the duo tablet and cream the best (canistan) its nothing to be embarrassed about ,, just ask the pharmacist for the best remedy if unsure.
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  • Yes that is a yeast infection, it probably smells horrible too. This is caused by the same fungus that makes athletes foot and ringworm. The trick is to keep very clean, as in wash out with water regularly, it does not harm you. Avoid manmade fiber panties, use cotton only. dont touch your feet (or anyone elses) and then directly touch your vagina or perineal area. Eliminate yeast encouraging foods from your diet such as breads, and junk food. if you have to use a medical treatment to get rid of it, then just follow what I said above. There is nothing more disgusting that I know of then a yeast infection, for your own and your mans benifit, wash her out, every day.
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  • yeah it sounds like a yeast infection but could be an std. go get some Vagisil and if it doesnt go away then its an std
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  • yes i have the same problem :( maybe get some cream percribed by the doctor
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  • What causes it?
    Everyone has yeast organisms in the rectum and vagina. You also have certain amounts of “good” bacteria. When you take an antibiotic, the antibiotic fights the bad bacteria that is causing an infection like strep throat. Sometimes the antibiotic also kills too much of the good bacteria and the fungus that causes a yeast infection is allowed to grow. Hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle can also cause yeast infections, as well as frequent sexual intercourse. You can also get a yeast infection because of poor personal hygiene, or if you wear tight-fitting pants or synthetic underwear that create too much heat and moisture in the genital area.

    Symptoms of Vaginal Yeast Infection

    vaginal itching
    vaginal burning
    vaginal irritation
    painful urination
    painful sexual intercourse
    odorless vaginal discharge (may be thick whitish-gray and cottage-cheese-like or may be watery in consistency)
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