Candidiasis or Yeast infections have plagued women for many years. Candida albicans is a fungus that lives in all healthy organisms and is primarily responsible for yeast infection. What happens is that the fungus lives in the body and remains dormant unless triggered by certain influences that causes an imbalance, thus requiring our attention with the symptoms of yeast infection. It loves moist warm areas of the body and will grow rapidly creating a flourishing breeding ground for the infection if left unattended. By acquiring a comprehensive knowledge on this subject, the power is in your hands to stop the problem from invading your life. The following article gives you helpful information you can use.
What To Look For
Unless we can identify a problem there is no need trying to solve it. We've briefly talked about the origin of the infection, so now it's time to take a look at the symptoms.
Symptoms of a yeast infection includes;
- Extreme itchiness in and around the genital area
- Pain while having sex
- Burning sensation while urinating
- Redness, burning and swelling of the vagina and vulva
- A rash on the vagina
- A thick white discharge that looks like cottage cheese but does not have an odor
While the above are guidelines for symptoms of yeast infection, it is important that you see you
physician for a proper diagnosis as there are other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's) that
looks similar, and incorrectly treating the condition could make matters worse.
Tip #1 - Sexual Contact
As mentioned earlier, the infCredit: Imagerymajesticection is caused by the fungus Candida albicans that usually exist at a low-level in the mouth and genital area. Although not as frequent as other sexually transmitted infections(STI's), the infection can be transmitted to a partner through unprotected sexual contact, so be sure to alert all of your sexual partners so they can initiate the proper treatment immediately, once you are diagnosed. Ensure that the other party see a doctor as well and use condoms to prevent the infection from passing back and forth.
Please be mindful that you may be more knowledgeable about the topic than your partner, so share your knowledge about the subject and look out for physical symptoms in the areas of your partner that are likely to show signs of the infection. After all looking out for your partner is another way to avoid yourself from getting into this predicament.
Tip #2 - Feminine Hygiene Products
Avoid using scented feminine hygiene products in and around the genital area. This includes soap, sprays, toilet tissue, tampons, sprays or any other feminine products. Although these types of products may help you smell and feel fresher, they sometimes create irritation in vaginal tissues. Irritation can start the beginnings of a painful yeast infection and those aren't fun to deal with. Unscented feminine product works just as well with little or no side effects.
Personally Speaking. The irritation and discomfort that comes with any infection is never pleasant, so I consider taking the necessary precautions to prevent any occurrence even more important than taking care of my face. Yes, my face is very important and it is what I'm presenting to the world and for that reason that it will never be overlooked. My genital area is considered my baby, so I handle with care. Anything that's going within that region must be clean. So I wash my hands BEFORE and after using the toilet. The inner area is washed with plain warm water and a small amount of mild soap(often white or cream in color)is added to cleanse the outer area. I love to sit or stand in front of the fan after showering to make sure that I'm completely dry before putting on any undergarment. My panties are also washed in mild detergent in warm water and are rotated to make sure they are fresh and clean. I do not douche, I prefer to let nature take its course and so far the 'good' and 'bad' bacteria are balancing quite well. I love to see (darn, I'm so beautiful down there) and smell, that way I know my body and can tell when something is not right.
Tip #3 - Aspirin
It's best to keep your life on track by tending to the symptoms as you treat the cause. You may also be wondering what is there to eliminate the discomfort and pain that are associated. A great solution for this is aspirin. Aspirin is often resorted to for the relieve of mild to moderate pain and is considered a cure-all drug, and indeed its effects are beneficial. It presents its own list of side effects, however this is particular if taken for a long time and with higher dosage. However, with correct and immediate treatment the infection should clear within reasonable time, therefore aspirin is only needed during your temporary pain and discomfort.
Tip #4 - Oral Yeast Infection
Oral yeast infections or thrush are also pretty common even though many people are not aware of it. A person may get infected with thrush due to a weakened immune system or as the fungus is passed from the genital to the oral region. Oral thrush is often associated with the following symptoms;
- White lesions that are sore and sometimes bleed when scraped or brushed.
- White patches on the tongue and in the mouth
- If the infection has spread to the esophagus the affected person may experience difficulty swallowing
If you think that it is something you have, see your health care provider right away. Typical tests for oral yeast infection includes a throat culture, and an endoscopic exam or a barium swallow if the infection has spread to the esophagus. Once diagnosed with the infection, your doctor will prescribe an anti-fungal cream, in addition to practicing thorough hygiene and rinsing the mouth with a warm saltwater solution, or drinking liquids that are cool, to help minimize the discomfort. If the symptoms return after treatment, it is very important that you see your physician again as oral thrush is sometimes a sign of an underlying medical condition.
Tip #5 - Use Products Intended Specifically For Yeast Infection
Gentle products are optimal to use for improving itching and dryness. Although you probably sometimes feel desperate when plagued with the discomfort of Candidiasis, it is only wise to stick to using a common sense approach. Use products that are geared to treat the infection specifically and is intended for the relief of its symptoms. Over-the-counter medication for yeast infection are readily available so make sure you purchase an anti-fungal cream that is specifically marketed for yeast infection as not all anti-fungal creams are formulated for the safe use around the vagina. Resist the urge to go for a product that seems to be stronger but not intended for yeast infection.
Tip #6 - Baths
If you are prone to regularly getting the infection, you may want to reconsidering the bath products you are using. Stay away from bath products that have dyes and fragrances. These types of products throw off the pH balance of the vaginal area instead, stick to hypoallergenic products that are mild and gentle.
The products are not the only way to leave ourselves vulnerable to the yeast infection, but how often we have those baths. Think about it, you are sitting in water that is cleansing all the other areas of your body. What's happening here is that the water combined with the bath product is allowing yeast inside and outside of the vagina. If the picture is not clear here, just imagine how many times after a hard day of work or being in public places, exposed to 'everyone and everything', we just want to get home and sit in that tub filled with all the right solutions, for that perfect relaxation while 'soaking up' the sweat and all the external elements we were exposed to earlier that day. Just think, the longer you're sitting in that bath the more exposed you are to bacteria that will possible lead to yeast infection.
My bit of advice is to stay away from baths during your yeast infection, even if you are using fragrance free products. A nice warm shower with mild,un-scented soap will do just fine to rejuvenate you and keep the infection away, just make sure that the genital area is properly dried after.
Tip #7 - Probiotics
Probiotics should be included in your diet if you get recurrent episodes of Candidiasis. Your immune system is comprised of various organs and systems within our body. Our digestive tract and the balance of good and bad bacteria within it plays a very important role in preventing Candidiasis and other diseases. Studies have shown that the immune system becomes stronger and can help the body fight off pathogens with a normal level of bacteria. For years anecdotal evidence has suggested that probiotics strengthens the immune system, the support for such is increasing with numerous research being conducted in more recent times. Rebuilding your body's immune system increases its natural defense system against the yeast infection as well as recurring episodes.
A course of antibiotic kills all the bacteria in your gut. When this happens it leaves the stomach open to produce the faster growing Candida yeast. So by maintaining good intake of probiotics you fill your gut with beneficial bacteria and reduce the spaces and resources for Candida to grow
Lactobacilius acidophilis belongs to a group of bacteria that normally lives in the intestine and vagina of human. They are microorganism that helps to support a healthy digestion and intestinal tract. Lactobacilius acidophilis is one of the most commonly used 'good germ' or probiotics. This culture is present in natural yogurt, and retards the growth of Candida albicans. By doing so, it aids in decreasing or eradicating the occurrence of the infection.
When next you are shopping for yogurt, be sure that you select the kind that is sugar-free. Sugar feeds the yeast, so it can be counter-productive. Probiotics are also available in as supplements in the form of pills or powder.
Tip #8 - Cotton Underwear
Credit: by venAnother word of advice is be selective about your undergarments. Synthetic fabrics, such as nylon, trap moisture and heat against your body. This creates the ideal environment for Candida albicans to grow rapidly. Nylon pantyhose and synthetic leotards are not to be worn on a daily basis. Instead choose the ones with cotton panel to ensure moisture is absorbed away from the body. Wear panties made of breathable materials such as cotton or at least panties with cotton crotch (preferably white). Cotton and other organic fabrics in light weights allow moisture to be absorbed and help you keep cool and dry.
Tip #9 - Home Remedies
We tend to rely heavily on medications today to help all our illnesses while there are common household items often overlooked that can help us with our ailment. Apple cider vinegar is an old-fashioned, yet natural remedy that works well with curing yeast infection. You simply mix the apple cider vinegar with water and apply to the affected area. If you are beginning to itch like crazy, you can get some relief by adding garlic to this mix.
Medication can be quite costly and illnesses often pop up at unexpected times. But these are among many items that we can find in our homes, so there is no excuse to endure the discomfort for too long. After all, treating the symptoms early is not only about getting rid of the pain, but the preventing the long term effects if not taken care of.
Tip #10 - Vaginal Anti-Fungal Cream
Credit: lusiVaginal cream is available with prescription as well over the counter. Many of the over-the-counter vaginal creams are made with similar ingredients to fight the yeast infection as those prescribed by your doctor - but in less concentrated doses. They usually come packaged with an applicator to measure the dosage required to be inserted into the vagina. Some antifungal creams are used only at nights as they are likely to leak during the day and can be quite messy. Remember to carefully read the package directions before using the cream
If you are using an anti-fungal cream, it is wise to abstain from sex if you're using diaphragm as birth control or condoms because the latex material that makes them can be damaged by the oil based cream.
As we conclude...
We must realize that trying to prevent or get rid of yeast doesn't mean a complete reworking of your daily routine. All that is required is that you to continue to apply the solution and adjust your diet accordingly.The pain and discomfort associated with the infection is something with which many of us women are all too familiar. Yeast infection can be prevented and treated, so whether you choose to use medications(over-the-counter or prescribed) or simply go the old fashioned way with home remedies, just make sure that you are indeed treating yeast infection and not any other STI's. And before getting to the stage of treating the infection, start incorporating habits that will help to prevent the yeast infection. With that said, no need to panic, just get started by putting the tips you've just read to good use.