As with most health issues, yeast infections do have potential complications a sufferer should be aware of. A yeast infection is caused by the overgrowth of a fungus called Candida Albicans that lives on most of us in small numbers all the time but remains harmless. It is just when an overgrowth is triggered that it can lead to a yeast infection. Women are more prone to them, as the vagina is such a perfect breeding ground, but anyone can get them, gender and age or irrelevant.
If you are a healthy person, eat well, exercise regularly and sleep well, you are less likely to need to worry about yeast infection complications. People with already compromised immune systems who are unable to fight off the infection need to be particularly wary of yeast infections, as it can actually be fatal to them. Patients that have this problem are HIV and AID sufferers and those undergoing cancer treatment in the form of chemotherapy.
Yeast infections should be treated as soon as they are correctly diagnosed. The longer they are ignored the more severe they become and the more potential there is for yeast infection complications. Systemic yeast infection is one such problem, where the yeast enters the blood stream and spreads around the body affecting your internal organs and causing a lot of damage. Three quarters of people who get a systemic yeast infection die from it.
Usually however yeast infections are not life threatening but should you observe symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, chills, vaginal discharge then you need to consult with your doctor straight away. If you have the oral form of a yeast infection, Thrush, and you are suffering from yeast infection complications that include being unable to drink or eat for a long period of time, then you need to go to a hospital where they can treat you while replenishing your body with the fluids it needs.
Other yeast infection complications to be aware of are secondary infections that you may get as a result of the prolonged scratching if it is a severe infection. The scratching can cause the area to become raw and cracked allowing infection to enter.