Symptoms of Yeast infection

How Yeast Infections occur

Yeast Infection is a fungal infection of any of the Candida species, of which Candida albicans is probably the most common.

Yeast organisms are always present in all people, but are usually prevented from “overgrowth” by naturally occurring microorganisms.

At least three quarters of all women will experience candidiasis at some point in their lives. The Candida albicans organism is found in the vaginas of almost all women and normally causes no problems.

However, when it gets out of balance with the other “normal flora”, such as lactobacilli, which can also be harmed by using douches, an overgrowth and symptoms can result. The use of oral contraceptives and some antibiotics, and diabetes mellitus can lead to an increased incidence in yeast infections.

The most common symptoms are itching and irritation of the vagina and/or vulva, and a whitish or whitish-gray discharge that may have a “yeasty” smell like beer or baking bread.

It may resemble cottage cheese.

Many women mistake the symptoms of the more common bacterial vaginosis for a yeast infection. In a 2002 study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, only 33 percent of women who were self treating for a yeast infection actually had a yeast infection. Instead they had either bacterial vaginosis or a mixed-type infection. Currently, bacterial vaginosis can only be diagnosed during a doctor’s visit.

Candidiasis is alleged to be successfully treated either with home remedies or, in the case of a more severe infection, with either over the counter or prescription antifungal medications. Home remedies for candidiasis include the consumption or direct application of yogurt, which contains lactobacillus, “friendly” bacteria that kill yeast, acidophilus tablets or salves, and even lightly crushed cloves of garlic, which yield allicin, an antifungal.

[box] Boric acid has also been used to treat yeast infections when gelcaps are filled with boric acid powder and two are inserted at bedtime for three to four nights.

Another remedy is to douche with a weak mix of “Baking” soda in water (1 teaspoon to 1 cup).

Baking soda is alkaline and changes the vagina’s acidity temporarily to a higher alkaline environment in which candida cannot survive.[/box]

While home remedies can offer relief in minor cases of infection, seeking medical attention can be necessary because the extent of the infection sometimes cannot be judged well by the sufferer. Prescription medication is often the only solution to an infection; the antifungal drugs commonly used to treat candidiasis are topical clotrimazole, topical nystatin, fluconazole, topical ketoconazole. In severe infections, generally in hospitalized patients, amphotericin B, caspofungin, or voriconazole may be used. These medications are not effective against the more common bacterial vaginosis.

Disclaimer – While every effort has been made to provide accurate information, the information presented here should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please talk to your doctor for more information about Yeast Infection.

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  1. mr flibble says:

    Ok I think my sister has a yeast infection but she dosen’t want to go to the doctor ( she is only 13 and scared. ) How can I help her?

  2. friendly 4 says:

    I am a 23 year old woman with Spina Bifida. I have a history of UTI’s an recently got a yeast infection.I cath myself and have to wear disposable underwear so I cannot wear cotton underwear like I’ve heard helps in that situation. What else can I do?

  3. i had sex with a women, i was wearing a condom, but when i pulled out the condom a whole lot of white very thick looking substance almost in lumps came out with my condom, i suspected she had a yeast infection or could it have possibly just been vaginal mucous, if it did happen to be a yeast infection what could happen to me,since she wiped of the substance from her vagina and with the same hand she held my uncovered penis could i possibly get the yeast infection if it was one and what measure’s could be taken to prevent it spreading?

  4. Big Banger says:

    I know pregnant women need to ask a doctor about medicines for a yeast infection, but is there even a problem for pregnant women to use something like monastat 7? Does a doctor have to be consluted first. I know it is recommended to do so, but I want to know if there was an over the counter medicine availble without a prescription.

  5. i was just on antibiotics for a month and the day i stopped taking them i got the worst yeast infection known to woman. so i googled natural remedies and read something that antibiotics are prescribed for this….that makes no sense to me. anyone have an explanation?

  6. I had a yeast infection in January. I went to the doctor because I wanted to take the pill instead of the cream which requires a prescription. Eventually it went away.

    After awhile I notice right before my period I would itch only at the top of my vagina on the outer lip. I notice it was soar and saw what looked like little paper cuts. I went to the doctor and he said its normal for some women to get it right before their period.

    I dont think this is normal and I wanna know if any women out there has had this problem and how did she handle it.

  7. I’m 14 and currently have a yeast infection (it isn’t so bad, it looks like it ‘s been there for 2-3 days not so noticeable but i can see it and it itches), I don’t know what to do! I don’t want to tell my mom because it’s embarrassing so I want to try home remedies first but if that doesn’t help, I guess i’ll have to tell her. It’s just she’ll think i’m sexually active and all. So, if you could please leave home remedies that work please tell me!

  8. I love to go down on my girl, but she has this strange white substance down there I have never seen before, could this be a yeast infection, she is pregnant so this play into it? Also is it safe for a person to go down there with this going on? How can one get rid of it or tell her with being polite?

  9. xiM Clutch says:

    Before I started dating my boyfriend, I’d never had a yeast infection. Since we’ve been together (about a year), I’ve had four or five cases of yeast infection. He’s also said that in the past, his girlfriends have told him similar things, that they didn’t have problems with yeast infections before they were with him. He takes showers every day and generally keeps pretty clean. No, he doesn’t cheat on me, so he’s not getting it from another woman.

    So can a man be the cause for a yeast infection in a woman?

  10. Lasagna delivery guy says:

    I would like to know what yeast infection is, whether it is the same thing as candidas. Also what percentage of women develop it.