Yeast infection is an infection that very frequentoccurs in women, but, also in men and it can be oral or genital yeast infection. Thistype of infection is caused by the overproduction of the fungus that isnormally present in our body, in the digestive tract of men and women, to be more precise. When it is in normal amounts, the fungus isharmless.
Yeast infection in pregnancy
When a woman is pregnant, the chances toget yeast infection are higher, because in pregnancy there is certain hormoneimbalance and that causes the overproduction of the fungus and eventually leads to theoccurrence of the infection. Almost every fifth pregnant woman suffers from theyeast infection. The yeast infections that are not recurring are not dangerousand they are usually much easier treated than the recurring yeast infections. Non-recurring yeast infections are just annoying, painful and bothering. Furthermore,the yeast infections are not dangerous for the baby, although some babies willget yeast infection from their mothers.
Symptoms of yeast infection in mothers and babies
The most frequent yeast infection symptoms thatappear in mothers are burning sensation and itching in the vagina. Furthermore,the woman usually experience painful sexual intercourse. It is also very usualthat the infected woman has heavy white discharge from the vagina and this dischargeis usually cheese-like in appearance. On the other side, the common signs of yeastinfection in the babies are white patches in the mouth and constant bright reddiaper rash.
Prevention of yeast infection
Every woman should pay attention to hygiene and tryto prevent the occurrence of the yeast infection. One of the ways to do it isto use clean cotton underwear during the day and sleep without underwear inorder to let the genitals dry naturally. Furthermore, the woman should not use perfumedsoaps and laundry detergents. Tight fitting cloths and sitting on the wetsurface should also be avoided.
When a woman suspects that she has the yeastinfection, she should go to her doctor. The doctor must check it and establishedthe main cause for the infection. It is not recommended to treat the infectionalone at home without the supervision of a doctor. When a woman is pregnant,the use of many medications can be very dangerous for the baby. In the majority of cases the doctors usuallyprescribe certain creams that are inserted into the vagina before going to bedat night. Usually this treatment lasts about seven days.