Common Causes Of Candidiasis

 

What are the common causes of candidiasis (Yeast Infection)?

I believe this is one of the first questions that pops into your mind when you find out that you have a yeast infection. You try to recall what are the things that you have ate or done to be infected or perhaps why me? 

Well, lets get the facts right first. Yeast infection also known as candidiasis, is caused by an overgrowth of a fungus, candidas albicans that is found thorough out our body, digestive system, mouth, throat and vagina. Candidiasis (yeast infection) only points to a specific location whereas Candida is a systemic problem. 

Note that candidiasis can go away on its own if left un-treated but Candida cannot. Candidiasis is only one of the many symptoms of Candida and should not be left untreated because they can lead to serious problems if left untreated and allowed to manifest into a chronic infection.

Vaginal Candidiasis affects about 75% of women at least once in their life time because they are more prone to yeast infection due to the ideal natural environment of the vagina. That’s where the name derive from. They thrive in warm and moist places thus one of the most common places to show symptoms of yeast infection is the vagina.

 

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So what are the common causes candidiasis?

 

There is the normal misconception that candidiasis is localized in the vaginal region and restricted to women only. That is not true, it just happen that candida thrives in the vagina where it is warm and moist and changes in the normal acidity of the vagina, causing candida to manifest into a yeast infection resulting in itching, burning and redness in the vagina and vulva.

Although this seems to affect mainly women, men and not immune and can be affected too. Although in many cases, they are less likely to be aware of their infections because they don’t usually show symptoms.

Candidiasis can also occur around dentures, under the breast, under armpits, beneath skin folds of obese people, nail beds of fingers and toes, in the mouth (called thrush).

  

Here is a list of common causes of candidiasis but not restricted to the following:

 

Use of antibiotics – This may come as a surprise to some. Although antibiotics kill the bacteria that makes you sick, it also kills the good bacteria that are keeping the yeast in check.

 

Hormonal changes – Pregnancy, menstruation, menopause and usage of oral contraception (birth control pills) causes hormonal changes and can affect the natural balance in the vagina thus leading to an overgrowth of the fungus in the vagina walls

 

Clothing – Tight clothing, synthetic clothing, panty hose, non-cotton underwear, wet clothing. These trap moisture in, not allowing the vagina to breath and increasing the risk.

 

Frequent douching, frequent bubble bath, usage of perfumed/scented feminine hygiene products. They upset the natural pH balance in your vagina and lead to overgrowth of Candida albicans, leading to vaginal yeast infection.

 

Diabetes – Yeast feeds on sugar and for those with diabetes, the risk of yeast infection is higher due to the higher level of sugar in the urine.

 

Frequent unprotected sexual intercourse. Constant contact with semen can upset the natural acidity balance in the vagina allowing yeast to grow. Of course, if you are having sexual intercourse with someone that is already infected, chances are you will become infected too.

 

Protected sex with latex condom lubricated with spermicidal jelly, nonoxynol-9. Some women are allergic to latex although it’s not very common but there are other alternative like lambskin or plastic (polyurethane) condoms so please continue to practice safe sex.

 

HIV infection can result in persistent recurring yeast infection in women that doesn’t seem to go away. Please don’t jump to conclusion and its best to have yourself tested by a medical practitioner if you suspect that may be infected and to clear any doubts.

 

Your dietary preference, poor nutrition, stress and illness can also contribute to your yeast infection.

 

Heavy consumption of beer is considered a major male yeast infection cause because yeast thrives in beer and other fermented beverages.

 

 

Well, here you have it, a list of common causes of candidiasis (yeast infections). Remember, it’s important to have a correctly diagnosis of your yeast infection done by your health care provider or medical practitioner to ensure that it’s yeast infection and not due to other problems.

 

Don’t despair once you are diagnosed.

Candidiasis may be irritable in the short term but it is common and curable.

Of course the choice is yours if you choose to be treated by your doctor, with OTC (over the counter) medication or a natural cure for your candidiasis.

Although these drugs will bring you relief, you are treating only the symptoms and not the source of your infection.

Also, the chances of your symptoms reoccurring is very high once you discontinue your medication, they come back with vengeance because the yeast is now more resistant to the drugs treatment.

 

The last option is of course to treat your candidiasis naturally and permanently cure it. Is that possible, you may be wondering?

Well, think for a moment, before the days of modern medicine, all common causes of candidiasis were treated naturally and frankly speaking, don’t you think that’s a better solution?

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