Men and children can have a yeast infection but normally women are the sufferers. Around 75% of all women in the world will have fallen victim at least once in their lifetime to a yeast infection. Many of those women will have repeated flare-ups during their lives and many will have a constant battle with yeast infections, also known as Candida, for their entire lives. Yeast infections do not discriminate as they target any woman whose system is off balance and has an environment where the yeast can grow. Understanding what yeast infections are and recognizing the signs and symptoms of a yeast infection is an important step in curing the condition.
Every woman has a small amount of yeast and bacteria in their intestinal tract. The bacteria help’s protect the person from things such as salmonella and other illnesses. The yeast that is present is controlled by good bacteria, when the good bacteria diminishes because of things like antibiotics that flush it away then the yeast takes over and multiples rapidly and this is when the problems begin. Men can become infected through sexual intercourse and they may not even know it because only portions of the men have any symptoms.
Even though many men do not have symptoms, they can pass on the infection through sexual intercourse so they need to be aware of this illness as much as women do.
Do I Have Yeast Infection?
What are the symptoms of a yeast infection for women? Odor, itching, burning discharge that looks white and thick and sometimes pain during sex are all symptoms of a yeast infection. Sometimes yeast infection symptoms are very close to other illnesses so you really need to know what to look for. You may have burning during urination but this may also be a sign of a urinary tract infection. If the burning takes place when the urine hits the vulva and not while you are actually urinating, this is a sign that it is a true part of a yeast infection. A urinary tract infection burns while actually urinating. Women with yeast infections may also have fever, irritability, weakness, and pelvic pain. Some women will suffer one or more of the symptoms and other women may suffer from all the symptoms what is most important is to mentally make a note of the symptoms to tell your physician.
Do NOT Ignore the Signs and Symptoms of Yeast Infection
The symptoms of a yeast infection are a warning signal to you to get treatment as soon as possible. When you ignore the signs and symptoms of a yeast infection, the consequences can be serious and lead to much bigger problems such as arthritis, fatigue, or depression. Untreated yeast infections is linked to prostate cancer in men so if there is any chance you have been exposed to a yeast infection, even if you have no symptoms you should consult your physician for a checkup. The saying it is “better to be safe than sorry” really applies here!
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