Yeasts of many types live in our body in good numbers, help us in a lot of ways, but they can also cause us some health problems, better known as yeast infections if we allow them to multiply and grow out of control.
The genus of yeast that is particularly responsible for yeast infection is the one called Candida. They are naturally present and grow in our body and help grow healthy bacteria that contribute to keeping good health.
However, if the level of Candida grows out of balance it leads to Candidiasis or yeast infection. Candidiasis can affect you in many parts such as mouth, throat, esophagus but the most common type of it occurs in women in the form of Vaginal Candidiasis. Statistics suggest that nearly 75% of women in America contract a vaginal yeast infection at least once in their lifetimes.
A healthy vagina contains both bacteria and yeast in the right balance. These bacteria fight off the harmful organism in the vagina and keep you healthy. Any disruption in that balance that outnumbers the healthy bacteria by candida outgrowth can cause vaginal infection. Below are the main causes of yeast infections:
● Taking antibiotics.
● Eating a diet high in sugar and refined carbs.
● High alcohol intake.
● A weakened immune system.
● Taking oral contraceptives.
● High-stress levels.
Outgrowing of yeast or candida can cause vaginal infections as well as other problems. Here are the main signs and symptoms that indicate that you might have got candida infection.● Vaginal irritations - Redness, swelling, itching, painful intercourse and a thick, white discharge from the vagina.
Yeast infection isn’t life-threatening in general, it poses a danger if left untreated. It can spread and eventually get mixed with the blood and can reach a vital organ like heart and brain that can even result in death.
Yeast infections are common in pregnant women. If you notice any symptom of a yeast infection, don’t take medicine before talking to your doctor.
Your Doctor may advise you to use an antifungal cream or a suppository or maybe some oral medicine to treat your vaginal infection.
Many women get vaginal infections multiple times in a year. If you have yeast infections four infections in a year you should consult your doctor because sometimes yeast infections can indicate the presence of other health problems, such as diabetes.
You may control your consumption of foods and beverages that contain a high amount of yeast. Foods such as bread, pizza, cakes, pretzels, muffins, and rolls are rich with their yeast contents.