- Yeast Infection Symptoms and How to Deal With Them
- By:Blake Allen
An all too common problem that many women are familiar with: the dreaded yeast infection. Though yeast infections can occur in both men and women of all ages, the most notorious of them all is the vaginal yeast infection. So, how do you know when you are afflicted? There are several prominent yeast infection symptoms.
First of all, there is usually an abnormal discharge from the vagina. While discharge is normal, when healthy it should be clear and odorless. Instead, vaginal discharge associated with a yeast infection is whitish or yellowish in color, and is typically of a rather thick consistency.
It also frequently has an unusual scent that many ironically refer to as being somewhat 'yeasty'. The second major symptom is far more irritating than the first.
Generally, with a yeast infection in the vaginal area, the vulva becomes red and irritated due the high amount of yeast present. This irritation frequently leads to a very uncomfortable burning or intense itching sensation in the area.
The presence of too much Candida yeast in the vaginal area is the direct cause of these yeast infection symptoms. While Candida is a micro-organism that is normally part of the body system, sometimes it can multiply out of control. There are two major causes for this over multiplication.
The first cause is a lack of beneficial bacteria that usually fight off the yeast in the body system.
Generally, the taking of certain medications, such as antibiotics, will directly lead to the diminishing of these beneficial bacteria. The second major cause is a direct result of lifestyle.
Unknowingly, women can create an environment in which it is easier for the yeast to survive and multiply. For example, certain foods and clothing choices can lead to a happier environment for Candida, and thus a happier environment for yeast infections.
Learning how a yeast infection is caused helps to understand the measures that need to be taken in order to prevent recurrent yeast infections.
Anyone who has ever had a yeast infection knows that it is frequently not a one time occurrence. Unfortunately, women who are prone to the infection tend to suffer over and over again.
This is because at the time of the irritation the most common treatment is to apply a topical cream to the vaginal area. While this does help, it does not rid the body system of the yeast. It merely treats the skin irritation.
In order to accomplish long term relief it is important to treat the source of the problem and work to change your lifestyle in a way that will diminish the presence of the yeast.
This is possible by learning about food and medicines that contribute to yeast production, as well as clothing and personal hygiene habits that can lead to an environment in which is easier for the Candida to flourish.
By these simple lifestyle changes, it is possible to never suffer from irritating yeast infection symptoms again.