Types of Yeast Infections
Yeast infections can occur in many areas of the body. If you have type 2 diabetes or a compromised immune system, you may be more susceptible to yeast infections. People who have recently taken prescription antibiotics are also more likely to develop a yeast infection. These powerful medicines kill some of the natural flora, sometimes to the extent that disease causing microorganisms can take over. Below is a list of the most common types of yeast infections.
Vaginal yeast infections are so common in women that approximately seventy-five percent of all women get them at some time in their life. The symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection include redness in the area as well as itching and burning. A vaginal yeast infection can also cause a fishy odor and a discharge that resembles cottage cheese. The vast majority of vaginal yeast infections are caused by Candida albicans but they can also be caused by other species of Candida as well as other closely related yeasts.
Some people assume that men cannot get yeast infections in their genitalia. However, this is not true. In fact, if a man has sexual intercourse with a woman who has a vaginal yeast infection, he can catch it. The reverse is true as well, as women can catch a yeast infection during sexual intercourse. The yeast infection in a man will enter the interior of the penis. It can also affect the outer portion of the tip of the penis.
Yeast infections can occur anywhere on the skin but they tend to occur in damp places and where there are folds in the skin. Jock itch in a good example of a common yeast infection of the skin. Woman can get jock itch on the outer portions of their labia. Athlete’s foot is another very common yeast infection. Yeast infections can also occur under the breasts, under the arms, and in the folds of the buttocks These are all characterized by redness.
Yeast infections inside the mouth are usually called thrush. Thrush is characterized by a build up of a whitish film on the tongue, the roof of the mouth, the inside of the cheeks, and other delicate membranes of the mouth. Sometimes the film will be lumpy. In more severe cases it can move into the throat and sometimes interfere with breathing. It can also cover the tonsils and extend into the esophagus. Thrush is a common problem in nursing homes in patients who cannot eat or drink by mouth. It is also fairly common in babies and parents should keep a watchful eye out for the symptoms.
There are many over-the-counter creams that you can get for yeast infections. You should also avoid eating sugar as much as possible, at least until the infection clears up. However, keep in mind that Candida and other harmful yeasts love sugar and you may have recurrences if you eat a lot of sugar. Many people who suffer from yeast infections have an imbalance in their body pH. To combat this, try eating more alkalizing foods like fresh lemon, kale, spinach, parsley, and other vegetables. Avoid acid producing foods like soda pop, breads, and pasta. Fresh lemon is the most powerful alkalizing food you can eat. You can easily add it to water and squeeze it over food. For more information see our page on yeast infection treatments
Many people have type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes without even knowing it. In fact, it is predicted by the United States Centers For Disease and Prevention (CDC) that within a decade approximately one-third of all Americans will have type 2 diabetes. One primary symptom of type 2 diabetes is recurring yeast infections. If you are getting recurring yeast infections, you may want to consult your doctor and have your blood sugar tested. You may also want to ask for AC1 test as this measures your average blood sugar over the last two to three months. Also, if you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, allowing it to go uncontrolled can lead to persistent yeast infections.