|Symptoms of Yeast Infection|
All symptoms of yeast infection are caused by the yeast species, Candida albicans. Candida is naturally found living on your skin, in your digestive tract and mucus membranes. As long as you are healthy and your G.I. tract is in balance, then the yeast is kept in check. However, when something happens and your G.I. tract goes out of balance, then the yeast can grow to large numbers and cause an infection.
The most common areas for symptoms of yeast infection to appear are in warm, moist areas such as in the mouth, genitals, behind the knees and elbows, in the underarms and in skin folds. Babies tend to get symptoms of yeast infection in the mouth and in the diaper area. The most common types of yeast infections include diaper rash, thrush, vaginal yeast infections and nail bed infections. Also, men have almost the same chance of developing a yeast infection as women.
Generally adults will have a greater chance of developing yeast infections as they age. The vast majority of these yeast infections form Candida are around the dentures, nail beds and in skin folds. In very rare cases a yeast infection can become systemic and spread through the entire body. Recurring symptoms of yeast infections can be a sign of a more serious condition such as leukemia, AIDS or diabetes.
Yeast infections are caused by several different factors. The use of antibiotics and steroids can cause many symptoms of yeast infections as they can change your body's chemistry, creating a favorable environment for yeast. Yeast infections will develop in individuals that have weakened immune systems. These type of yeast infections can be life threatening as your body cannot fight them off.
Some symptoms of vaginal yeast infections include itching, irritation and a white discharge. Sometimes, there is burning with urination or pain associated with sexual intercourse. Thrush or an oral yeast infection appears as white patches on the tongue and in the mouth. These white patches tend to be surrounded in red. Thrush is painful and can make eating difficult.
Yeast infections that occur inside the body and occur because of a weakened immune system can cause problems with the function of those infected organs as well as pain. You can even get a yeast infection in the blood stream and this is very dangerous as it then has the potential to spread to the brain which can cause brain damage and impair brain function.
If you have a yeast infection and over the counter medication does not work or your yeast infection only gets worse then you should visit a doctor. If you have a recurring yeast infection then you should see your doctor immediately as you may have more serious health condition. Oral thrush can only be treated with prescription medication. Most yeast infections can be treated with over the counter medication.
A small amount of individuals with very severe yeast infections will need to go to the hospital for treatment. If you have thrush and have not eaten or drunk anything for a long time then you will need help, if you have a yeast infection coupled with chills, vomiting, fever or abdominal pain then you may have a kidney infection or appendicitis and will need treatment immediately.
There are many symptoms of yeast infections that both men and women can show and the best way for finding a cure is to find a doctor who has had experience successfully treating patients who have had Candida and yeast infections. As a general warning, be cautious if the doctor wants to prescribe broad spectrum antibiotics to treat symptoms of yeast infections as these will likely only make matters worse.