A yeast infection does not discriminate, it can affect anyone at any time, young or old, rich or poor, black or white and male or female. The saying, to be forewarned is to be forearmed applies to yeast infections too. The following information is to provide you with a list of symptoms, causes and cures for the common Candida, or yeast infection.
Some people may have one every five years, while others may get a yeast infection every month. If you suffer from a yeast infection, at least four times in twelve months, you are considered to have chronic yeast infections.
Candida Albicans And Candidiasis Can Affect Anyone
Since we all have an immune system, we can all contract a yeast infection. The simple reason why is, when our immune system weakens, Candidiasis or Candida Albicans opportunistically takes over your body and manifests as a yeast infection.
The reasons for the immune system to have weakened are many. The first part of understanding why is knowing what effects the immune system. One major player in the game, in shutting down the immune system, is antibiotics.
The immunities depend on the flora, bacteria or yeast called Candida that normally add to the health and well-being of the digestive system and most of the immunities in our body. When antibiotics are taken, they kill, not only the bad bacteria, but the good bacteria or Candida as well.
When this happens, our immunities weaken, right along with the dying good bacteria. To replenish this good bacteria, we have to actually ingest it. This can be done by eating yogurt, if it has the live cultures of lactobacillus acidophilus. Not all yogurt will have this live culture, so checking the label for the count of actual live bacteria is necessary.
Yeast Infection Is Caused By Weakened Immunities
So, at the point between the dying bacteria and the immune system weakening, is the point called Candida overgrowth. This happens, when the good bacteria or yeast dies. The bacteria or yeast goes into hyper drive and begins its takeover of the body.
As your body, with its now lowered immunities, is bombarded with a rush of dangerous bacteria or yeast, it screams out for help by showing signs of a yeast infection. At this point the yeast is in take over mode and is already causing discomfort and pain, in the form of itching, burning and a discharge in the vaginal or penile area.
During this time, while the yeast is on a rampage, it starts to need food. The food that yeast likes best is sugar. It is not picky how it gets its sugar, it will munch on processed white sugar, white flour or white rice. This yeast, that has now turned fungal, will even make you crave sugars just to feed it.
If your diet was mainly, empty carbohydrates, sugars, fat and junk food, you actually set the perfect environment in your body for the yeast to take over. Yes, it was just a matter of time before the tables flipped and the yeast would take over.
Discussing the remedies, now that the infection has started and has a foot hold on your immune system, the only way to give your immune system a fighting chance is to give it ammunition. This ammunition is the good and friendly bacteria called, lactobacillus acidophilus.
There are many other names and types of this important bacteria, but acidophilus is the more well-known name. The quickest and best way to get this ammunition to the immune system, is to eat the friendly culture or bacteria. It is found in forms like yogurt, but also in capsules and powders. It is very important that you make sure it is the LIVE culture, otherwise it will do no good.
Antibiotics For A Vaginal Yeast Infection
It is true, the treatment that your doctor gives you for a vaginal yeast infection is an antibiotic, usually a wide spectrum antibiotic. He may decide that the infection needs to be controlled and stopped, but now you are armed with the knowledge that it was probably an antibiotic that started the yeast infection in the first place. And the cycle starts over.
However, this time you know how to get a jump on the yeast from coming back. If you have heard your doctor suggest that you eat yogurt, while on antibiotics, now you also know why. Sometimes doctors are too busy to go into detail about the live culture, and to make sure you get a yogurt with millions of friendly bacteria.
Or too busy to make sure that you know the live bacteria have been handled, from manufacturer to store shelves, with extreme care. And to warn you that if it has been exposed to light or heat, the live culture is now dead.
But then, maybe he might not see you in his office as often, for those pesky yeast infections you get every couple of months. He may lose out on collecting an office exam fee, the extra charge for use of the lab for a culture, and a perk from the drug company for issuing more antibiotic prescriptions.