Yeast Infection or Thrush (Candida)

Yeast Infection is caused by the overgrowth of a common group of yeast-like fungus that exists on our skin, intestine, vagina and tissues in the mouth and throat.

Candida albicans is the most important species that can be found living in our intestine.

The medical term that describes this overgrowth is candidiasis. Most people simply refer to it as yeast or fungus infection or thrush.

These terms are often used to mean the same thing. Many of the natural cures are very effective in helping you get rid of the yeast overgrowth.

Frequently Asked Questions & Facts

What are the symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection?

Also known as vaginitis, the most common signs and symptoms are itching, soreness and burning sensation on the inside or outside of the genital areas. Often, there may be a white discharge that looks like cottage cheese.

If the discharge is fishy-smelling, thin or appears to be milky or gray, it is likely to be bacterial vaginosis

What does thrush looks like?

In the mouth, it often it looks like white patches. There also may be bad breath, dry mouth or a tongue that appears to be coated. On the skin, it may appear as red inflamed patches.

How do you get yeast infections?

Under normal conditions, these species of yeast are harmless and are actually helpful to have in our intestine.

The problem is when they grow out of control. This might happen, for example, when your immune system is compromised or when you are using antibiotics that kill off the normal yeast and bacteria that live in your intestine and other parts of your body.

Other possible causes of recurring fungus infection include:

  • poor or weakened immune system (for example: AIDS)
  • oral contraceptives (birth control pills)
  • oral steroid use
  • nylon underwear and tights (use cotton instead)
  • diabetes
  • hormone imbalance
  • pregnancy
  • chronic dry mouth
  • allergies
  • poor diet (especially if high in sugar intake)
  • alcohol consumption
  • stress
  • age (infants, children and older people are more likely to get this)
  • smoking
  • excessive use of mouthwash containing alcohol
  • multiple sexual partners
  • use of vaginal contraceptive products
  • use of feminine hygiene products

How do you treat yeast infections under your breast?

Anytime you have skin touching or folding over skin, it is a breeding ground for fungus because of trapped moisture and heat. You can treat it the same way as with a fungus infection on the skin.

While it might be difficult, the area needs to be "aired out". Cotton cloth or baby powder can be used to keep the skin area from touching each other and to absorb moisture.

What diet should I take if I suffer from Candida infections?

Some experts believe that your diet can affect your risk of getting fungus infections. They suggest following a well-balanced diet that is low in sugar, refined foods, fruit juices and dairy products and fats.

Eat more vegetables and yeast-free whole grains. Garlic should be included to help stop the fungus from growing. Many people call this the candida diet.

Are yeast infections contagious?

Yes. It is very likely to happen with an active infection.

If you are suffering from a vaginal yeast infection, engaging in sexual intercourse can transmit the infection to the male partner.

Avoiding sexual intercourse would be preferred. The use of a condom provides some protection.

But since there is close skin-to-skin contact around the genital area, the fungus can be transmitted to the partner.

Touching infected skin can also transmit the fungus to another person or even to another area on your body.

Can you get yeast infection in your ear?

Yes, it is possible to get fungus infection in your ear. It is important to seek medical advice before self-treating infections in the ear as you are not able to easily see inside to rule out bacterial infections or other more serious problems.

You can use products containing boric acid, diluted tea tree oil or other herbs to help get rid of the fungus infections.

Could yeast infection be a sign of pregnancy?

It is known that pregnancy increases the risk of getting yeast infections. However, this is not a reliable indicator of pregnancy. A pregnancy test (a kit which you can buy at any pharmacy) is the best way to find out.

Can men get yeast infections?

Yes. Males can get yeast infection on their genital areas, known as jock itch. Although this is not common, it may be caused by sexual intercourse, excessive heat and sweating, poor hygiene and other factors.

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Revised: 04.09.2017