If you have ever had a yeast infection, you know how uncomfortable they can be. The yeast can cause a variety of symptoms and can drastically effect your life. Your top priority is treating the yeast infection. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of a yeast infection so you know how you can treat it. Yeast infections are the most common in the vaginal area and also in the mouth. If it develops in the mouth, it is considered a Thrush Infection.
It’s important to recognize the symptoms of a yeast infection so that you can start treatment immediately. It’s also very important to know what is causing Candida symptoms of an infection so that you can avoid reinfecting yourself. The main causes include a poor diet but other factors can include an imbalanced digestive system, a weakened immunity system, toxins that have built up inside of the digestive tract, as well as a low probiotic bacteria count in your digestive tract. Make sure that you include more fresh vegetables in your diet and avoid refined carbohydrates and processed foods. Yeast thrive on the sugar that we consume, by starving the yeast of their food source, you can effectively control the yeast overgrowth causing the yeast infections.
Stress can affect your life in so many ways but did you know that it can cause a Candida infection too? A yeast infection develops when the levels in the blood sugar begin to increase in the body and if you already have a yeast infection developing the yeast will feed off of the sugars which can cause an infection to grow. If you have suffered from a hormonal imbalance, this too can cause several symptoms of yeast infection.
If you are taking certain medications, they may be playing a role in the development of a mild to moderate infection. Medicines that include steroids, antibiotics, and other prescription medications may be helpful for other conditions, but they can rob your body of the friendly bacteria that keeps the yeast in check leaving your body more susceptible to yeast infections.
Other factors like wearing tight clothing, long periods of excess moisture on the skin, and poor personal hygiene can also increase your chances of developing a yeast infection. When your pH balance is off, then it can allow for yeast to grow and manifest itself into an infection. Wearing a wet bathing suit for extended periods of time can increase your chances of developing an infection. Other factors like sexual activity with a partner who has a yeast infection, can also cause an infection to develop.
There are two ways to categorize symptoms of a yeast infection; local and systemic infection.
The localized symptoms include burning, itching, as well as irritation, a white discharge with an odor, pain during sexual activity, redness and swelling, over sensitivity around the pubic hair follicles, painful urination, and cramping in the lower pelvic area.
Systemic symptoms include gas and bloating. headaches, diarrhea or constipation, achy joints, fatigue, insomnia, mood swings and depression/foggy headedness.
Vaginal discharge is usually common but if you notice that it is not normal then you will want to seek treatment for an infection. You will also notice a different color discharge and a foul odor.
Men can also develop yeast infections. Although it is not as common. For men, a yeast infection will cause such symptoms as burning during and after sexual intercourse, and there may be a rash or white lesions develop around the penis. This is often called Candida penis infection.