The dangers of Yeast Infection (Candidiasis)

What is the Cause of Yeast Infection (Candidiasis)?

It’s good to know the cause of yeast infection since you may be able to prevent it from reoccurring. If you have ever had a yeast infection (also known as candidiasis), you know you don’t want it to come back. If you know what is causing your yeast infection, you may be able to nip it in the bud and avoid having to fight it for a prolonged period. There are some common yeast infection causes – some of which may surprise you.

Antibiotics – You are taking antibiotics for some other illness, and what happens? It can cause candidiasis. The antibiotics can alter the balance in your body. While the antibiotics you are taking are doing their job and getting rid of the bad bacteria in your body, they can also rid your system of some good bacteria. This good bacteria was keeping the fungus that causes candidiasis at bay but with a decreased amount of good bacteria to fight it, the fungus can now multiply and grow, causing a yeast infection (for more information see our explanation of what is a yeast infection).

Weakened Immune System – When you have a weakened immune system the body may not be able to successfully ward off infections. In this case, the fungus that causes a yeast infection can multiply. People with HIV/Aids are especially susceptible to having yeast infections since it affects the immune system.
A weakened immune system can also result from common everyday factors such as sickness, stress, lack of sleep, etc. Just one more reason to take care of yourself.

Oral Contraceptives/Hormones – Birth control pills can be a cause of yeast infection as it causes the hormone level in the body to fluctuate. Similarly, a women can be more prone to a yeast infection around the time of their period due to changing hormone levels.
Pregnancy – Similar to oral contraceptives, pregnant women often experience yeast infections as their hormone levels change. During pregnancy there is more sugar in the vagina which the yeast can feed off of, causing the fungus to multiply.
Diabetes – Since people with diabetes have higher amounts of glucose (sugar) in their blood, it provides a ripe environment for the yeast cells to multiply and lead to candidiasis. A yeast infection in a person with diabetes can be a warning sign that their diabetes is not under control – a doctor should be consulted.
Feminine Products – Douches, hygiene sprays, bubble bath, toilet paper that has perfume, colored toilet paper and scented tampons or pads have also been labeled as a cause of yeast infection.
Clothing – Tight, non-breathable clothing has sometimes been cited as a cause of yeast infection. This is due to the fact that this type of clothing will give the fungus a dark, moist place to grow. Breathable fabrics that are washed frequently is your best bet if you suffer from candidiasis.
These are the most commonly cited answer to what causes a yeast infection. Hopefully this information will help you ward off any cause of yeast infection.

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Symptoms of a Yeast Infection (Candidiasis)

Every person is different. Not all people will have the same or all of the symptoms.Your friend may have had a yeast infection and had different symptoms and signs than you. It all depends on the individual’s body and reactions. Also note that if you have never had a yeast infection before, you should consult with your doctor to make sure you get a correct diagnosis. A yeast infection could be confused with other infections and the last thing you want to do is treat the wrong condition.

Symptoms of a Yeast Infection in Women: There are several common signs of a vaginal yeast infection:

  • Itching and Burning in the Genital Area – This is one of the most unpleasant signs of an infection. The vagina and vulva area itching/burning can sometimes get intense and painful.
  • Vaginal Discharge – A yeast infection is often accompanied by a vaginal discharge. The discharge is often white and clumpy and is often compared to ricotta or cottage cheese. However, discharges that are thin, runny, yellow or clear are not unheard of.
  • Redness and Swelling of Vulvar Skin – The skin around the vulva can become irritated and may also become dry and flaky.
  • Burning Feeling During Urination
  • Pain During Intercourse – Enough said.

These are the most common and obvious yeast infection symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms, you will usually know it. It is not the most subtle of infections.

Symptoms of Yeast Infection in Men: Women are not the only ones that have to suffer from a yeast infection. Men can have yeast infections too. Just like women, men should also see a doctor if this is the first time they think they have a yeast infection. It can be confused with other ailments, so go and get a professional opinion first.

A penile yeast infection is more common in uncircumcised men since the foreskin can give the fungus a moist place to grow. Male yeast infection symptoms are not unlike that of a female:

  • Irritation – The head of the penis can become red and irritated.
  • Itching on the Penis/Genital Area
  • Rash in the Penis/Gential Area
  • Burning Sensation During Urination

Can a yeast infection be passed between men and women?

I have read many different opinions on transmitting a yeast infection during sexual intercourse. Some of these come from reliable sources and some come from what appear to be unreliable sources. There is a lot of junk out here on the internet (I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that). However, according to the Mayo Clinic (which I consider to be a reliable source) it is possible for a male to get a genital yeast infection if he has unprotected sex with a partner who has a yeast infection. While sexual transmission of yeast infections is uncommon, it is not at all impossible.

In fact, the UCLA Health System cites that approximately “12 – 15% of men will develop symptoms such as itching and rash on the penis following sexual contact with an infected partner”. It is recommended that the partners do not have sexual contact until all the signs and symptoms of a yeast infection are gone.

Detailed Symptoms of Candidiasis and Simple Home Tests to Check if it is a Yeast Infection.

Several Options for Curing Your Candidiasis

Looking for a treatment for yeast infection? We have several options for treating your candidiasis. Whether you have a vaginal infection or are male with a penile infection, curing your condition is within reach.

Anyone that has had a yeast infection, whether they be male or female, knows how irritating and annoying they can be. All you want to do is get rid of that candidiasis once and for all.

Below we list several alternatives to give you relief, get rid of your infection and get on with your life.

The one thing to remember about treating yeast infections is that if you are having a sexual relationship both of you may need to be treated, otherwise you could keep reinfecting each other and you will never get rid of the yeast infection.


There are many different choices for curing yeast infections:

Over the Counter Medications (OTC):

Over the counter yeast infection cures include tablets, creams, sprays and powders like Canesten, Monistat, Lotrimin, Lamisil and Micatin. Most of these brands have different ranges to suit the type of yeast infection and different options of treatment. For example, Canesten and Monistat vaginal thrush medications come in creams, tablets or combination packs, which are vaginal pessaries or “ovules” backed up an external vaginal cream.

These combination packs also come in different strengths – a strong 1 day treatment, a 3 day treatment and a more mild 7 day treatment. Whatever type of treatment for yeast infection you use, you should not expect the infection to clear up over night and it can take up to seven days to actually disappear.

Canesten recommends that you use some type of treatment for 2 weeks after the visible symptoms have gone to prevent reinfection. The best thing about over the counter meds is that you do not need to visit your doctor and their antifungal ingredients make them effective in treating yeast infections.

They are best for people who have been diagnosed with yeast infections before and who know the symptoms. Men do not need a specific “male” treatment for yeast infection, as female candidiasis treatments will work just as well for male yeast infections.

Prescription treatments

Diflucan (fluconazole), a broad spectrum drug, and Nizoral (ketaconazole), a very strong drug, are commonly prescribed for candidiasis treatment. Both need to be prescribed by your doctor if over the counter treatments are not effective. Diflucan is a strong antifungal so your doctor may only need to prescribe one single oral dose of it. However, as with all strong medication, there may be side effects (diarrhea, dizziness, headache, fatigue, skin rash etc.) and you should inform your doctor of any other treatment or medication that you are using because some drug combinations can be dangerous.

Nizoral tablets are usually taken once daily for as long as your doctor recommends.

Natural remedies

There are a whole host of natural remedies you can use as a treatment for yeast infection. We have several pages dedicated to just this subject. Probably the two most popular natural treatments for candidiasis are garlic and yogurt. You can read about them in detail on our home remedies for yeast infection page. Many other natural remedies for curing an infection are also worth a look. You can check out more yeast infection natural treatment options here.

Treatment to ease symptoms

Creams like Vagisil can be used to alleviate any itching or burning associated with the infection, while you are using yeast infection cures.

Preventing Yeast Infections

When you have suffered with one yeast infection, you sure do not want to go through it again, so use the following tips to prevent future yeast infections:

  • Wear loose fitting, cotton underwear – Avoid synthetic fabrics, like Lycra or nylon, that make you sweat. Men should wear boxer shorts, rather than tight briefs.
  • Dry yourself thoroughly after a bath or shower – Pay particular attention to any creases or folds in the skin where moisture can get trapped.
  • Remove damp swimsuits and clothes as soon as you can.
  • Use mild, hypo-allergenic shower gels or bath products – Just wash the genitals with warm water and avoid soaps.
  • Wipe front to back when you go to the toilet.
  • Eat one natural or “live” yogurt a day – Research suggests that eating 8 ounces of yogurt containing lactobacillus acidophilus can significantly reduce the risk of yeast infections.
  • Avoid douching.
  • Don’t wear underwear or pajama bottoms at night – Let air get to your genital area.

Using these simple measures can cut your risk of having repeat yeast infections. I hope one of the treatment for yeast infection listed above will help you get rid of your candidiasis.

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What Happens if You Leave a Yeast Infection Untreated?

So now you know that you have a yeast infection (also known as candidiasis). What happens next?

I will tell you what you probably want to hear – untreated yeast infections have been known to disappear of their own accord. Infections can go away without any type of treatment whatsoever as the body builds its own defenses and attacks the yeast.

In addition, vaginal yeast infections tend to disappear as a woman menstruates and the blood washes the yeast away.

There aren’t usually any serious health concerns or problems associated with an untreated yeast infection.

But do you really want to have to avoid sexual intercourse, have bad breath, suffer with horrible gastrointestinal problems or have red raw skin?

In addition, if you leave a yeast infection untreated, although it may naturally sort itself out it is likely to recur or turn into a chronic yeast infection, causing much discomfort and distress.

Some physicians do believe that there can be more serious side effects to a yeast infection left untreated. If the Candida yeast is left to multiply even further, the body balance of natural bacteria can be upset, the person’s immune system is affected, other parts of the body can become infected and toxins can even enter the bloodstream.

While these are rare side effects to an untreated yeast infection, they have been known to happen.

A person with an untreated yeast infection which goes out of control can also suffer with headaches, mood swings, fatigue, depression, gastrointestinal problems, mouth sores, sore throat, mouth blisters and blurred vision.

If you are trying to become pregnant, you should not have leave a yeast infection untreated. Untreated yeast infections can delay or prevent pregnancy.

While medical professionals are not exactly sure why this is the case, one reason put forth is that the yeast infection will affect the pH of the vagina. This change in pH can have an adverse effect on the sperm, making it more difficult to get pregnant.

Why go through the discomfort of an untreated yeast infection? Because it may be a little embarrassing? Forget about it and take care of that untreated yeast infection.

So while any serious side affects from a yeast infection left untreated are rare, it is better to take steps to get rid of it sooner rather than later.

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