You and Your Yeast Infection
By Alex Yew
Yeast infection is a common condition and most people are aware by now as to what it is whether they have experienced it or not. People also have an idea of the yeast infection cure. But how many actually know how to determine whether you have yeast infection? The biggest myth around this condition is that if yeast infection is caused in the genital areas in either men or women, it is a sexually transmitted disease. This is not the actual fact.
The vaginal area (women) or the groin and foreskin (in the case of men) are areas that are usually moist and warm. This makes them the perfect base for growth of the fungus. Yeast can grow anywhere on the body. Areas where the skin comes in contact with the skin or areas where there is a lot of sogginess are definitely prone to these infections. But there are many other infections or conditions that may arise too. So how does one determine whether it is actually yeast infection?
Itching is the first and foremost sign of any type of infection and it applies here too. One may experience severe itching in the affected area however this is not a foolproof way of determining whether it is yeast infection. If the yeast is growing in the mouth (also known as oral thrush), then white patches or plaques will be observed on the red area of the skin like tongue, inner cheeks etc. Sometimes there are lesions that resemble insect bites too. There is also a stinking discharge which can be slightly flaky too. If you observe any such condition, it may be yeast infection and needs to be examined by a doctor for confirmation of the condition.
If you see a red lesion which appears extremely moist too and also observe pus kind of discharge, it is very likely to be yeast infection. Similar itching and swelling if observed on the foreskin or vulva (skin folds near vagina), then these too are signs of infection. You may also have problem while urinating and this can also be signs of renal yeast infection. One must consult the physician without delay for the yeast infection treatment in such cases. The discharge from the infected area can appear like cottage cheese and sometimes may be odourless too or smell like yeast itself.
The severe stage of yeast infection must be prevented. If the yeast starts multiplying in your gastrointestinal system it is termed as esophagitis. This can affect your mouth and the food pipe as well as cause ulcers i the gastrointestinal system. In such a case you may have difficulty in swallowing both solids and liquids and sometimes may lead to improper digestion too. The common signs of this type of internal yeast infection are pain in the upper abdomen, vomiting, nausea and even pain in the breast bone. When yeast starts developing in the blood stream it may lead to fever. Sometimes the infection also passes to the brain which may lead to abnormal behaviour.
Sometimes women may experience soreness or itching right before their menstrual cycle. This can also be yeast infection as changes in hormones may trigger the growth of yeast. You can understand how to cure yeast infection only when you know what it is and whether you are actually suffering from it. Many women suffer from other vaginal infections too. Hence though symptoms may be similar, only your doctor can detect whether it is yeast infection. The severe conditions of infections may require you to undergo a few tests so that the doctor can suggest the correct form of treatment
Hi, this is Alex. I am keen in helping people who have yeast infection problem. As a sportman (who tends to sweat a lot after a game and easily get skin related problems), I truly understand that you (people who have yeast infection problem) would like to find a cure for yeast infection problem as soon as possible.