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Yeast Infections

Almost every woman and man gets one at some time in life. They can be brought on by many things. They are somewhat uncomfortable and, if not treated, may produce serious problems.

A lot of women believe that vaginal discharge means they have a yeast infection - but that's not necessarily so. Vaginal discharge is actually normal, and is something all women experience. But sometimes, vaginal discharge does indicate a yeast infection.

How can you tell what's normal, and when to see your doctor?

Have a look at this video on yeast infection no more for a start!

A yeast infection is caused by Candida albicans, a yeast, which is found in the body all the time. (It's not the kind of yeast used to make bread: that's Saccharomyces ellipsoidis, in case you're interested!) Candida is a small micro-organism that lives in small numbers on the skin, in the gut, and in the vagina.

Usually Candida albicans is no trouble because it is maintained in a balance with other bacteria and micro-organisms. But when these balancing bacteria are reduced in number - by antibiotics, or buy a woman having her period, contraceptives, or what have you, the yeast can overgrow and cause an infection.

In women, yeast infections usually occur just before a menstrual period. Symptoms include:

  • A thick white discharge that has the appearance of cottage cheese

  • Irritation and sever itching around the vaginal opening

  • Swelling of the labia and vulva

  • Some discomfort - even pain - when urinating and when having sex

Yeast infections are not pleasant, so to stay free of infection free and healthy, follow these tips:

Yeast infections can be transmitted between a couple - and it's possible for only the man or the woman to have symptoms even though both are infected. Both partners need treating.

You should ensure air circulates around your genitals by wearing cotton underwear and loose clothing.

Always wipe from front to back after defecating so you avoid bacteria from your rectum entering your vagina.

Avoid scented cosmetics and lotions which can irritate the sensitive vaginal tissue.

Do not use a tampon to absorb discharge caused by yeast infection.

And make sure you get the infection checked out just to make sure that it is a yeast infection. If you find over-the-counter treatments produce little or no relief, make an appointment to see your doctor.

Yes, men can get yeast infections: oral yeast infection is common in men who are immune deficient penile yeast infections are common, and not pleasant. As mentioned, heterosexual couples can pass yeast infections back and forth during unprotected sex, so it's useful to get treatment if a man has a yeast infection of his own. if all fails, you can always try a yeast infection home remedy. You can read all about a holistic approach to curing yeast infection in men here. Good luck!

CAUSES

Men get yeast infections from the same places as women: the most common causes of penile Candida albicans infections are listed below.

SEXUAL TRANSMISSION: Candida moves between people by direct contact, and is a sexually-transmitted disease. A woman with a yeast infection who has unprotected sex can infect her lover, and catch the infection from him even if she gets her own infection sorted out.

If either you or your lover has an active yeast infection you should follow safer sex guidelines until you are both infection-free. During an infection do not have vaginal intercourse, wash your hands and keep sex toys sterile.

ANTIBIOTICS: Less common than sexual transmission, prolonged antibiotic use can still cause yeast infection. The micro-organisms that inhabit the crotch can be destroyed by antibiotics, allowing the naturally occurring yeast to take over.

DIABETES: Men with diabetes are likely to have yeast infections, as elevated sugar in the urine promotes growth of Candida. Any man with these infections and symptoms of diabetes, such as thirst and tiredness, needs to see a doctor.

NONOXYNOL-9: Nonoxynol-9 added to the lubricant of condoms may contribute to yeast infections. Try using a condom that doesn't have any kind of spermicidal lubricant.


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