Causes of Yeast Infections (Candida) in Women

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A vaginal yeast infection results from an abnormal growth of yeast in the vagina. Good bacteria and yeast does occur in a healthy vagina, but when something interrupts the balance of these organisms, an infection follows. Yeast infections are also known as vulvovaginal candidiasis or candida vaginitis. The Candida albicans fungus is commonly the root cause of this infection, although it can also be triggered by other members of the Candida family, such as C. krusei, C. tropicalis, C. parapsilosis, and C. glabrata. This infection can affect both men and women; however, it is most common in women.

10% of women will experience chronic yeast infections.

Yeast infections can be tricky. Although yeast can be spread through sexual contact, it can also occur when the vagina gets an allergic reaction to certain products such as:

  • lubricants,

  • soap,

  • bath oils,

  • feminine sprays. and

  • tight underwear

Yes. Tight underwear made from a synthetic fabric promotes yeast overgrowth since it keeps the vagina from breathing. Wearing cotton underwear is advisable if you are prone to yeast infections. Certain medications, such as steroids and antibiotics, kill good bacteria that reside in the vagina and decrease the acidity level of the environment, which makes it easy for yeast grow.

candida cleanseThis is where the Lady Soma Candida Cleanse can help. Symptoms of a developing yeast infection are similar to other vaginal infections, such as bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis. In addition, the severity of symptoms of a yeast infection varies depending on the individual. Itching in the vaginal area is the most common symptom. Secondary symptoms include irritation, burning sensation, swelling or redness around the vagina. Yeast infections can be painful during sexual intercourse and urination, so it is best to abstain from sexual activity during the course of infection.

Non-vaginal Yeast Infections

Candida yeast is always present in a healthy human body. That is why yeast infections do not only concentrate in one particular area, although the most common ones are the inflammation of the vulva and vagina. Yeast infections can develop in other parts of the body as well. A yeast infection that affects the mouth is called oral candidiasis or thrush. The typical signs or symptoms of thrush are white patches appearing on the tongue, throat, and other areas of the mouth. Pain in swallowing is another symptom of this infection.  Thrush is most likely to affect toddlers, the elderly, and anyone who has a weakened immune system. This type of infection could become invasive once it spreads within the body. When the Candida yeast enters the bloodstream and spread, it could bring major obstruction in the proper functions of the kidneys, liver, spleen, bones, joints, and the central nervous system. Aside from yeast infections on the vagina and mouth, other types of infections due to the Candida species also affect the glans penis (candida balanitis), esophagus (esophageal candidiasis), nails (onychomycosis), and organs (systemic candidiasis) in the body.

Speaking with Doctors for Yeast infections

Many infections come in similar symptoms but vary in treatment.  A gynecological exam should be done by a doctor to determine the type of infection. The doctor will examine if there is dryness, swelling, and white spots around the vaginal walls. They will also inquire about symptoms and your health in general. For a more precise diagnosis, a doctor will take a sample of vaginal discharge and examine it under a microscope. A culture test will be performed to identify which Candida species is causing the infection. If the sample contains an abnormally large number of white bloods cells and Candida microbes, then you will be diagnosed with a yeast infection.

Treating and Preventing Yeast Infection

In mild cases, yeast infections clear up on their own when menstruation occurs. During a woman’s period, the acidity level inside the vagina increases; hence, decreasing the number of yeast present.

Signs that a yeast infection has been cured:

  • absence of the thick discharge

  • no longer experience extreme itching and burning.

  • no signs of redness

  • no signs of irritation