How to Identify the Various Types of Yeast Infections

Candida albicans is a type of bacterial fungus that is present in every one of us in various areas of the body. When an imbalance occurs in the body causing the so-called bad bacteria to grow, this enables the fungus to grow and thrive resulting in a yeast infection. A yeast infection can occur in numerous areas of the body and each area can have various symptoms. These symptoms may sometimes be difficult to diagnose because they are similar to that of other illnesses or diseases.

[box type=”info”]Yeast infections can be caused by numerous things including having a weakened immune system, being diabetic, taking antibiotics, eating a poor diet full of carbohydrates and sugary foods, and poor hygiene.[/box]

Genital Yeast Infection

The most common type of yeast infection that we hear about the most is a vaginal yeast infection in women. A vaginal yeast infection can occur for the same reasons as listed above, along with being on birth control or being pregnant. If you suspect that you have a vaginal yeast infection, you should look for the following symptoms:

  • Burning/itching sensation around the vaginal area
  • A white thick discharge that may sometimes resemble that of cottage cheese
  • Burning during urination
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

These symptoms can be treated with homemade natural remedies and/or over the counter topical creams and ointments. The symptoms may disappear with treatment, however if an underlying cause is behind the yeast infection, that will need to be addressed as well. Seventy five percent of women will experience a yeast infection some time within their life.

[box type=”important”]A man can develop the same type of yeast infection in his genital area. He may experience the same type of symptoms as a woman, along with red spots located around the head of the penis. Males are a lot less likely to develop this type of yeast infection, but it is possible.[/box]

Amanda Smith

Amanda is a young mother of two lovely children from Cali. This stay at home young woman isn't afraid of challenges and is now the proud owner and editor of 3 popular health related websites. Her goal on the web is to share her knowledge on various health topics and also help young women and families with multiple health related issues.

One thought on “How to Identify the Various Types of Yeast Infections

  • April 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    great article!! Also good hygiene can really decrease the odd of getting a yeast infection. Clean, dry skin and weight loss also will discourage the yeast infections. Additionally Clean teeth and avoidance of sugary foods helps prevent oral yeast infections. The tips below can be really helpful to prevent genital yeast infection

    avoid douches
    always dry the genital area with a clean towel, after cleansing
    avoid scented hygiene products
    change tampons and pads often during your period
    wear cotton underwear and also pantyhose with a cotton crotch
    avoid tight underwear and clothes made of synthetic fibers
    avoid hot tubs
    change out of wet swimsuits and exercise clothes as soon as possible


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