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and Treatments Published: 19.06.2008 | Author: Aquila | Category: Disease &
Yeast infection is the colonization of yeast fungi in body areas in such an
amount and such a way that damages or symptoms are produced. Usually the yeast
invades only body cavities and the lining of these
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Yeasts very often infect the vagina and outer female genitals. Yeast
infection also often occurs in the mouth, and is then called trash. The male
genitals may be infected, but usually with fewer symptoms. There can also be an
infective over-growth of yeast in the digestive tract, skin areas and the nose.
Small children often get yeast infection in the diapered area, and this is
commonly called diaper rash. Diaper rash can also be caused by irritation from
urine or stool, from food allergy, from allergy against washing media, or from a
combination of several factors.
Sometimes yeast infect several body areas at the same time, such a systemic
infection is often called candidiatis. A systemic yeast infection can develop
into a serious condition where the yeast invades deeper layers of the skin, the
deeper tissues of several organs and even the blood stream.
Systemic yeast infection usually occurs in patients with bad immune defense,
like HIV patients, diabetics or patients weakened by cytostatic or steroid
WHAT CAUSES YEAST INFECTION
Usually species of the genus Candida, and especially the species Candida
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the body, but the amount is held down by the normal body chemistry by friendly
bacteria inhabiting the skin and body cavities, for example bacteria producing
lactic acid (the genus Lactobacillus). When the yeast become infectious, it
often changes from a round cellular form to a thread-like or branched form that
can grow into tissues.
A disturbed bacterial flora in the skin and body cavities can make it easier
for the yeast to grow excessively and infect. The skin, the outer genitals and
body cavities like the mouth, vagina, and the colon contain the bacterium types
Bifidobacteria and Lactobacteria together with the Candida yeasts, but these
bacteria hold the growth of the yeast in check.
Use of antibiotics can kill these friendly bacteria and make it easier for
the yeast to grow. A too eager use of antibiotics in children can cause a
chronic overgrowth of yeasts in the body that will affect the health negatively
long into adulthood.
Use of corticosteriods can also make a person susceptible for yeast
infection. Asthma patients using inhaled coricosteroids often get yeast
infection in the oral cavity.
A too eager hygiene, using bacterial killers, can kill friendly bacteria and
cause a yeast infection to occur. However, lack of washing can also cause yeast
If skin areas are constantly held wet or sweaty, Candida infections can
easily occur, for example in diapered areas of small children or feet covered by
tight shoes during long walks.
A diet with an excess of sugar and other carbohydrates may nourish the yeast
and cause an infective growth of the yeast.
Mental and physical stress can decrease the effect of the immune defense
against yeasts and make a person more susceptible for yeast infection.
THE SYMPTOMS OF YEAST INFECTION
Yeast infection in the female genitals gives itching or burning sensations in
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a whitish badly smelling discharge. The discharge may also be the only symptom.
In the male genitals yeast infection often gives itching sores around the
base of the penis head. There may also be a smelling whitish fluid substance
present that is different in consistence from the white smegma normally produced
by glands in the same area. Red rashes with scaling can be present on the outer
genitals and especially on the underside of the penis.
In the mouth, yeast infection gives sores covered with a whitish layer that
give an itching or burning pain, so called trash. There can also be white or
yellow layers on the tongue without any sores underneath or other symptoms. One
often sees cracks at the corner of the mouth.
Yeast infection in skin areas will give symptoms like rashes, itching, sore
areas oozing fluid and blisters. The symptom will most often be seen in areas
like the under-side of the shoulders, the inner side of the elbow, skin folds,
in the pelvic region and other areas that are somewhat hidden.
Yeast infection in the digestive tract can give symptoms in the whole
digestive tract from the esophagus to the anus. Symptoms that can occur are
problems and pain during swallowing, breast pain, bloating, cramping, excessive
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An overgrowth of yeast in the digestive tract or a generalized yeast
infection produces substances that can poison the whole body, and give symptoms
also from body parts that are not directly infected, like: rashes, hives, and
itching in the skin, allergic reactions in many body parts, fatigue or lethargy,
muscle weakness, bone pain and nervous symptoms.
DIAGNOSIS OF YEAST INFECTION
Yeast infection is often diagnosed by a specimen from the affected area. The
specimen is then cultured to investigate the microbial flora. Often bacterial
infections give the same symptoms as yeast infection, especially from the
vaginal area, and the specimen will also distinguish between yeast infection and
STANDARD TREATMENT OF YEAST INFECTION
Yeast infection is common Serious Illness
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