Antibiotics and Yeast Infections

Yeast infections are becoming more and more common nowadays and part of the reason for that is antibiotics. There are tow types of antibiotics, narrow spectrum that target one type of bacteria and broad spectrum that target a range. The latter type of antibiotics cause yeast infections and this article will explain how that happens.

A yeast infection occurs in anyone, men and women. It happens as the result of a fungus on the body overgrowing. This fungus is part of the Candida family and is called Candida Albicans. It lives harmlessly in low numbers in places that are warm and moist such as is internally in the mouth, intestinal tract and externally under folds of skin, and the genitals. If the good bacteria re killed or the immune system cannot do its job, the fungus is able to rapidly grow and that leads to a yeast infection. Sufferers recognize it because of the symptoms such as itching, redness, swelling, discharge, rash, some pain and discomfort.

Antibiotics are one of the things that can kill those good bacteria which enables the overgrowth to occur. Antibiotics cause yeast infections because when taken, especially if a person takes them often or is on a prolonged course, they kill all bacteria. Great because you are presumably ill caused by bad bacteria, which you want killed. But antibiotics are not clever drugs! They do not know how to tell the difference between the bad bacteria you want to get rid of, and the good bacteria you really want to keep! So antibiotics cause yeast infections by killing all bacteria. Without those good bacteria there to control the growth of the Candida Albicans a yeast infection will happen.

Therefore as a society we need to stop taking antibiotics unless we really need them. Not only is the overuse of antibiotics causing a rise in yeast infections it is also allowing infections to build up a tolerance for them. Doctors are having to prescribe stronger doses than they used to and the last thing we want is to get to a point where antibiotics are not effective anymore. People also need to follow the instructions when on a course of antibiotics. Take the full course even if your illness seems to have cleared up a day or 2 before. Never self teat yourself with antibiotics you have left over from a previous illness.

Though antibiotics cause yeast infections there are things you can do to help minimize the risk if you are taking them. Cut down on how much sugar you are eating and drinking as this will feed the yeast and help the process of a yeast infection. Eat more live probiotic yogurt as this will help replenish the good bacteria. Drink lots of water to flush out toxins and make sure you eat a healthy diet that is balanced and has lots of green vegetables.

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