What Is Yeast Infection?

Yeast infection is a sadly common ailment that effect women but can also infect men. Caused by a fungus "Candida Albicans". Yeast infections can range from simply annoying to an extremely painful disabling ailment.

Candida is part of the normal flora of the skin and gastrointestinal tract of most people. It flourishes in the warm moist parts of the body, such as the vagina and vulva in women, under the foreskin in men and under folds of skin such as under the breast. Usually the "pH" or acidity of the body is high enough to slow the growth of yeast on the skin, however with stress, sickness or diet change the acidity of the body can change allowing yeast to flourish.

Early signs of yeast infections include itch, or burning sensation in the area affected. Some people refer to a tingly sensation that is the first sign that they need to treat their yeast infection. If left untreated a cheesy discharge can form. The consistency can range from similar to ricotta cheese right through to a clear fluid with occasional white spec. In severe infections there can be marked swelling and pain.

Treatments for yeast infections are many and varied. Medical treatments usually aim at reducing the amount of yeast growing in the body. Treatment can be tablets that are swallowed or placed into the vagina or creams that are applied to the affected area.
Non medical treatments often work at helping relieve symptoms and helping balance the pH balance of the body. Some popular treatments include bathing the area with vinegar solutions, with apple cider vinegar heralded by many on the internet. Some people will drink dilute solutions of apple cider vinegar to help balance the bodies pH.
Other traditional treatments of yeast infections include use of natural, non flavored, yoghurt to help increase levels of "the good bacteria" of the body to counter the growth of yeast. This can be eaten or inserted inside the vagina on a tampon or other applicator.

As with all health conditions it is advisable to see your family doctor before you start treatments to ensure that they are suitable for you. Sometimes sexually transmitted diseases or other conditions can mimic the symptoms of yeast infection and require immediate treatment.
Many people have found that their doctors are accepting of both medical and traditional treatments of yeast infections [http://survivemedicine.com/yeast] which can be equally as effective or even better then the pharmacological treatments for yeast infections. If at any times you notice a change in symptoms or levels of discomfort it is recommended you see your doctor