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Yeast Infections - Symptoms and Treatments

A yeast infection is an infection that is very common. Most people associate a these infections with women, but in fact it is common in both men and women alike.

Everybody has small amounts of yeast in their bodies and usually they do not cause any problems at all.

But when there is a change to the natural balance in your body the yeast can increase to massive numbers and become stronger than the good bacteria that normally stops infections.

This increase in yeast numbers is what a yeast infection is. There are a few different things that are the cause of yeast infections, for the most common ones keep reading.

The most common causes of yeast infections are taking antibiotics, hormonal changes in the body, sexual intercourse, wearing clothing that is too tight and there are also some diseases that also cause increased chances of getting a yeast infection.

Taking antibiotics is probably the biggest reason that people get yeast infections. Antibiotics not only kill the bad bacteria that is making you sick, but they also kill the good bacteria that stops the yeast from increasing to infection numbers.

Hormonal changes are another very common cause of yeast infections. When a woman becomes pregnant or starts menopause they are especially susceptible to getting yeast infections. This is because the environment in their bodies is changing and this makes it easier for the yeast to grow.

One of the most common yeast infection signs is a discharge. It can range in color from faint yellow to clear. The discharge can also be thick, watery, or clumpy and looks like ricotta cheese. Not all women who have infections experience this. If the discharge is present, odor will also be one of the symptoms of a yeast infection.

Sexual intercourse can be a cause of yeast infection because of two things:

Having sex with someone who has a yeast infection in their vagina or on their penis. The rubbing that occurs during intercourse can cause sore spots that then become easy targets for the yeast to grow.

Wearing tight clothing can be a cause because if you wear tight or non-breathable underwear in particular, then that helps to create an environment that the yeast loves (warm and moist), especially if you are someone who has a tendancy to getting yeast infections in the first place.

There are a few illnesses where a yeast infection is a common part of having the illness, these include diabetes, lukemia and HIV.

So if you keep getting yeast infections try to avoid these things and you will have a better chance of not getting a yeast infection. If you still get a yeast infection, try using a natural remedy to cure it instead of using a chemical treatment from the chemist.

Often using a natural treatment for yeast infection proves to be a better fix for the problem, especially if you dont like putting lots of chemicals into your body.

A yeast infection is an infection that is very common. Most people associate a these infections with women, but in fact it is common in both men and women alike. It is estimated that more than seventy five percent of all women have experienced at least one of these bad things in their life.

A fungus that is naturally produced in our bodies causes a yeast infection. Bacteria that are also naturally produced by the body regulate the growth of the fungus. The balance between the fungus and the bacteria is easily upset, when this happens, a yeast infection develops.

There are many different things that can upset the natural balance of the body. When antibiotics are taken for long periods of time, it can cause the body to become unbalanced and one of those can develop. Antibiotics can also destroy the good bacteria in the body that regulates the fungus. When the Ph levels in the body are out of balance it can also cause this nasty infection.

For those who have had one, the yeast infection symptoms are recognizable.

The pain and itching, along with the discharge and swelling can be maddening. Waiting for an appointment for a diagnosis can seem like a year when in fact it is usually only a couple of days.

The most common type of treatements are with anti fungal creams. Waiting for relief from the discomfort of a yeast infection can seem unbearable. These creams usually take between one to seven days to completely clear up the affected area. It is important to follow your instructions from your doctor to avoid a re-occurrence.

There are some steps that you can take to minimize your risk of contracting or developing symptoms.

Diet is very important for a number of health reasons. For a yeast infection, avoid eating large amounts of yeast breads, cakes, and especially beer. All of these have a high yeast content that can throw your body out of whack.

If you love to swim, that is great. It is good health exercise. The important thing to remember is to change out of your wet bathing suit as soon as possible, as it can easy cause an infection.

Another thing that is important to staying on the clear side is to wear underwear that has a cotton crotch. A thong or G-string does not allow airflow.

Every woman has douched, it is important to remember not to use water. This can cause an imbalance and cause a painfully itchy yeast infection. When you find that perfect pair of jeans that you cannot live without, consider how tight they are. If they are too tight, pass on them. Studies have proved that clothes that are too tight will do more than just make you look good.

Yeast infections are horrible and nasty, and they are quite preventable. By taking the necessary precautions, you need never suffer from the affects of this pesty disease again.

Also see our articles on:

Simple Tips to Cure a Yeast Infection | Vaginal Yeast or Vaginal Herpes? and What is Candida? Foods to Eat and Avoid

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