What is Yeast Infection? Yeast infection is a fungal infection commonly caused by Candidas or specifically Candida Albicans fungus. Although it may occur in different parts of the body it is found most often in the body where it is moist, such as the mouth, vagina and skin. The most common types are vaginal candidiasis, thrush (oral), diaper rash and nail bed infection. Though studies have shown that 3 in 4 women get yeast infection at some point in their lives, it is also common among men and children.
Physical Symptoms: When the infection affects the skin in children or babies, it shows up in dry and rough skin sometimes with rashes, redness and itch. Symptoms of a male yeast infection include a reddish rash, that maybe accompanied by itching or burning sensation at the tip of the penis. Most women who suffer from yeast infection experience itching around the area of the vagina. They will also feel pain during sexual intercourse as well as when they urinate. Some women also describe a white vagina discharge that looks like cheese. Some other symptoms includes fever, chest pain and blood in the urine.
Internal and Behavioural Symptoms: Possible side effects due to over the counter remedies are dizziness, lightheadednes, nausea, stomach upset, anemia, damage to liver, intestines and digestive system. Repeated use of prescription medications may even cause behavioural symptoms like lack of energy, clumsiness, slow reflexes, depression, Impaired thinking and judgment.
Transmission: A misconception in many people is that only women get genital yeast infections. It can occur to anybody because all of us have yeast in our body system but the problem takes place only when there is an overgrowth. However, anyone with diabetes or impaired immune systems (eg. HIV) or prolonged antibiotic use are more prone to this infection. It is possible for a man to contract a genital yeast infection if he has unprotected sexual intercourse with a partner who has an infection. However, just because your partner has a yeast infection doesn’t mean you will get one too. Contracting yeast infections through sexual intercourse is uncommon. Other contributing factors include pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives or birth pills and steroids. Women of menopausal age are also more susceptible.
Prevention: You can prevent the occurrence of yeast infection by adopting to some simple preventive measures. Avoid consuming foods with high sugar content. Consume probiotics, which are living microorganisms similar to the “good” bacteria that live in and on the body. A good source of probiotics is organic yogurt with live bacterial cultures.
If you are experiencing the infection, make sure that you do not wear tight panties or jeans or wet clothes especially those made of synthetic materials. Keep dry and sleep without under garments if the infection is near the genitals. Avoid also the use of perfumes or other sprayed products on the affected areas as these may worsen the condition.
Remedies: If this is your first time experiencing this infection, it might advisable to consult your family doctor for a proper diagnosis. There are many conventional, over the counter treatments available. However, due to the high chances of recurrence, coupled with the possible side effects earlier mentioned, it would be best to opt for your yeast infection remedy through natural means instead. Prolonged drug use may also cause the infection to become resistant to these medications, rendering it ineffective.
1. Yogurt. One of the best way to get natural probiotics is to include yogurt in your everyday diet to prevent the onset of yeast infection. Aside from ingesting yogurt, you may choose to apply it directly to the affected area. The yogurt has to be unflavored and without any sugar content. In the case of vaginal candidiasis, apply yogurt to the vulva and vagina directly works as well or use a tampon covered with yogurt. Do this is before going sleep.
2. Tea Tree Oil. Contains natural anti-fungal properties and is considered a powerful antiseptic. Dilute tea tree oil and apply it to the affected area. It can only be used for topical application, do not consume this product.
3. Honey. Honey is also considered another natural cure for yeast infection. Simply apply honey onto the affected area and rinse after 30 minutes using lukewarm water.
4. Vinegar, Apple Cider. You may opt to do step 3 using apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment, leaving it overnight before rinsing it off.
5. Water. By far, the most cost-efficient and effective way of treating the infection is to increase your water intake. Water helps to maintain the natural PH levels of the body, this cures the infection fast. If you drink all the water your body needs, you will see a great reduction in all types of sicknesses including yeast infection.
These holistic remedies against yeast infection are effective, proven methods that can be used for recurring conditions without any side effects. If you and your partner have symptoms of the infection in your genitals, it is important that both be treated. Refrain from sexual contact until all signs and symptoms of the infection are gone, otherwise you may reinfect each other. If a woman experiences 2 or 3 times of vaginal candidiasis in a year, it is generally recommended that a culture be taken for testing to know the how best to treat it. Again, if you are unsure of your condition because it is your first time, a chronic or recurring case of infection, seek consultation with a physician. While this article is not a comprehensive guide, the author hopes it goes a long way to helping you find your yeast infection remedy.