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Are you suffering from a yeast infection?

A yeast infection is caused by candida fungi, affects men as well, although it is less frequent in men than women. It is important to note that yeast infections do not occur exclusively in the genital area.

They can spread to the mouth and other areas where moisture allows the fungus to grow.

Common Yeast Infection Symptoms

  • Itching or irritation – in the genital area especially, since yeast infections disproportionally affect this area of the body
  • Burning sensation while urinating or during sexual intercourse
  • Thick white odorless vaginal discharge
  • Accumulation of a thick white substance in or near skin folds
  • Redness
  • Rashes
  • Swelling
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main cause of yeast infections?

Yeast infections are caused by bacterial imbalances that allow candida fungi – which are present in the female genital area, but also on skin in general – to overgrow. Bacteria keep the various types of candida fungus from overgrowing, which is why the use of antibiotics increases the chance of contracting a yeast infection.

Will a yeast infection go away on its own?

Mild yeast infections might go away on their own. Nevertheless, they are also likely to worsen. If you have any of the symptoms that are typical of a yeast infection, it is important to tackle the problem as soon as possible. Consult your physician and get the necessary treatment.

How do I get over a yeast infection?

Antifungal medication is the standard course of treatment for yeast infections. Depending on your doctor’s recommendation and the severity of the infection, you can use over the counter antifungal medication. Usually, doctors will prescribe 3 to 7 days of antifungal ointment or cream. In some cases, there are also tablets and suppositories. There is also a single oral tablet that patients can take once to treat a yeast infection.

The Candida fungus can also affect people who are immunosuppressed and infants. Candidiasis can even enter into your bloodstream. Here is how yeast infections can appear in other places such as the mouth, how infants and immunocompromised people can contract them, and how they can enter your bloodstream.

Yeast Infections in People Who Are Immunocompromised

People who suffer from suppressed immune systems for a variety of reasons, are more likely to get yeast infections. The main reason for this is straight forward: the body cannot fight the surging yeast infection.

An additional reason for greater risk of yeast infections in immunocompromised people may have to do with the use of antibiotics to fight other infections. Antibiotics decrease the amount of bacteria that keep the Candida fungus from overgrowing. So, when antibiotics kill those bacteria, the fungus can take over.


Elderly people who are immunosuppressed and infants, might suffer more from yeast infections in their mouths than in other parts in their bodies. When a yeast infection spreads to the mouth it is called Thrush.

You are at higher risk of suffering from Thrush – as well as other yeast infections – if you are:

  • Being treated for cancer – which suppresses your immune system
  • Diabetic
  • Getting an antibiotic treatment combined with corticosteroids
  • Using dentures

Yeast Infections in Babies and Infants

Of course, most infants do not fit the four risk categories of risk above, but they can still develop Thrush or other types of yeast infections. One of the most common types of Candidiasis you can see in babies or infants are related to diaper rash.

If you see diaper rash that does not go away, your baby might have a yeast infection. Logically, it makes sense that Candidiasis would develop in babies under such circumstances, since their diapers get wet and sometimes parents or caregivers might take a little longer than usual.

To avoid this, make sure you change diapers in a timely manner, and you take care of diaper rashes early on. It is also important to keep an eye on persistent diaper rashes and consult with a pediatrician when these do not go away.

Yeast Infections in your Bloodstream

While Thrash, genital Candidiasis, or diaper rash are all visible, yeast infections in your bloodstream are harder to detect because. Such an infection can also be life-threatening. Nevertheless, it is also a rarer kind of yeast infection because they enter your bloodstream through infected medical equipment.

Given that sanitary standards in the US are high, the risk for such an infection is low. In any case, to avoid it, make sure that all the needles that medical staff use on you are sterile, new, and properly disposed of after you are treated.

Keep an Eye on your Skin!

It is important to tackle all yeast infections quickly and effectively, which your doctor can help you with. If you suspect that you have a yeast infection, be it genital, Thrash, or in any other area of your skin or your baby’s skin, contact your doctor and get treatment as fast as you can.

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If you think or have any doubt that you are experiencing a medical emergency, you should immediately seek emergency care by calling 911, or any other emergency service.