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What causes a yeast infection?

Stay well informed and no need to worry

It is, of course, in everyone’s interest not to get ill, and in order for this not to happen, one should inform as much as possible about those illnesses and diseases that are regarded as most frequent and least desirable. One of such is also a yeast infection, which is quite unpleasant and troubling for the person who falls under its influence. When you hold enough information in your gray cells, you will be able to notice those most revealing manifestations more acutely and in time so the treatment could be effective. What is also important in this regard is to gather information about available and most effective medications and treatment methods, respectively.

Having all this in mind, as well as the target groups, it must also be pointed out that the infection in question is regarded as the second most frequent culprit for such manifestations as itching in vagina, burning, and vaginal discharge.

Culprits

In terms of most to be blamed inducers, the number one place goes - in case of women, to fungus, i.e. Candida albicans. This fungus is known to be located in the vaginal area, but in smaller numbers. Complications arise the moment it starts to reproduce quickly, together with bacteria, thus inducing a yeast infection, which is also familiar as candidiasis and monilia. Aside from the above mentioned ones, the infection can also be caused by the following:

  • Immune system – that is to say the poorer health and reduced resistance make one more prone to coming down with an infection since the bacteria can reproduce quickly and without any hindrance. Our immune system is fairly sensitive and can be weakened by stressing it with too much work, lack of proper sleep and by coming down with a specific illness. Another factor that can affect the infection recurrence rate is stress in excess.
  • Hormones, especially at the end of the menstrual cycle in cases of women, are often regarded as an underlying cause of a yeast infection, together with birth control and pregnancy.
  • Sex – even though infections induced by Candida are generally thought as impossible to transmit by way of a sexual intercourse, there is a possibility that during the intercourse, one partner does this by way of semen or some other bodily fluid.
  • Antibiotics are, according to the opinion of the vast majority of medical experts, the number one cause of chronic yeast infection, especially in women coming from the US. It is induced by specific antibiotics, or due to their prolonged constant usage.

Other culprits include hot and humid weather, tight and improperly ventilated clothes, major changes in one’s diet, sweating, improper hygiene etc. 

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