Yeast infection is one of the most common infections that can occur in the human body. It can appear in women and in men, although women are much more susceptible to this disorder. Yeast infection is a condition that is caused by the fungus under the name Candida albicans and this infection is also well-known under the names fungal infection, thrush and candidiasis.
The fungus that is responsible for the occurrence of this infection is naturally present in our body, particularly in the mouth and in the genital areas, and when it is kept under control it is not dangerous. However, for several reasons Candida albicans start to produce themselves in enormous amounts, thus leading to the appearance of the infection. The most frequent causes for the occurrence of this infection are excessive use of antibiotics, birth control pills, and chemotherapy. Furthermore, the excessive consummation of sugar may also trigger the yeast infection.
Yeast infection can be divided into two types: oral yeast infection or oral thrush, and genital yeast infection or vaginal/penile yeast infection.
Symptoms of oral yeast infection
The oral yeast infection is much easier to be noticed and diagnosed than the genital yeast infection. The oral thrush can appear in men as well as in women and the most obvious sings of this infection are creamy white lesions that usually can be seen on tongue, gums and in the surrounding area in the inside of the mouth. Sometimes these white lesions may even bleed slightly. The person that is infected may also have difficulty while swallowing or chewing. Furthermore, the feeling that something is stuck in the mouth or the cracking in the corners of the mouth may also occur. Another symptom of oral yeast infection is also the loss of taste and even the loss of appetite.
Symptoms of the vaginal yeast infection
Vulvovaginal candidiasis is the medical term for the vaginal yeast infection. The symptoms of this infection usually appear several days before the menstrual period and the most frequent is heavy vaginal discharge which is cheese-like. The infected woman may also experience burning sensation in vagina or itching and even the pain in vagina, although in many cases even the pain during the sexual intercourse may occur.
Symptoms of penile yeast infection
The most common symptoms of the penile yeast infection are itching and pain in the area around the penis and white discharge from the penis. In many men, cracked skin is also a sign that they are infected by yeast infection. As in women, the infected men may also have painful sexual intercourse.