Introduction to Yeast Infections
A yeast infection results from an overgrowth of fungus in the body and it can affect any part of the body. The body has fungus naturally, and it is not harmful until it grows out of proportion.
There are many causes for a yeast infection, though one of the most major ones is a weak immune system. Sometime oral contraceptives cause yeast infections in women, along with things such as hormonal changes, HIV and antibiotics.
Antibiotics can cause yeast infections by destroying bacteria that keeps the fungus growth in check.Symptoms
One of the main symptoms of a yeast infection is a skin infection which usually occurs in the skin folds and in areas of the skin that are covered a good portion of the time, such as the genital region.
A reddish rash will appear that will usually become itchy and painful.
Another possible symptom is an intestinal infection which can cause digestive pain and stomach cramps and spasms. Constipation, gas, and bloating are some other symptoms that can come along with this intestinal infection. Diarrhea is another possible sign of such a problem.
An oral infection can also result from a yeast infection. This will include pain when swallowing and pain in the gums. There can also be wounds appearing on the tongue and gums and other people might experience bleeding from the mouth. Other oral symptoms include a loss of taste and an inability to chew food effectively.
A genital infection is another common sign of a yeast infection.
Vaginal fungal infections can lead to a burning sensation in the vaginal area and a lot of itching along with a white vaginal discharge.
Vaginal yeast infections usually result when there is an increased amount of yeast present in the vagina relative to the quantity of regular bacteria in the area and when the protective bacteria is killed off by antibiotics when treating problems like urinary tract infections, the yeast will then multiply and invade the tissues, which will cause the irritation in the lining of the vagina.
Penile yeast infections have similar symptoms and include a cheese-like discharge from the penis.Treatment
There are over-the-counter products that can be used to treat yeast infections.
There are many products that are available in every pharmacy that will help a person deal with the problem and get rid of the infection.
There are over-the-counter pills available that have anti-fungal agents, which men use mostly. These pills are effective and they show results fast, as soon as three days after the person begins taking them. However, these pills can have side effects like nausea and headaches.
There are also may creams available that can provide relief.
The creams come with an anti-itch formula that will make the itching go away while the yeast infection is being battled.
For those who do not like creams, there are oils available that work in similar ways.