What is a yeast infection?
A yeast infection happens when a fungus called Candida Albicans is allowed by your body to grow and multiply. Usually your immune system and good bacteria stop this from happening but if these have been adversely affected by illness, antibiotics or hormonal changes then the over growth can occur.
What do I do if I think I have an infection?
The key is to act quickly. If you think you have a yeast infection you need to decide which medication is best for your body and your lifestyle. Treat it as soon as you can as the quicker you treat it, the easier it is to get rid of. Plus you avoid conditions worsening and other health complications. Ideally you should treat it within 72 hours of diagnosis. There are also diet considerations and you need to find out what foods to avoid and what foods to eat more of.
Do men get yeast infection?
Yeast infections are not just a female problem. Men can get them too usually through unprotected sex with a partner who is infected. Some diabetic men are more prone to them and taking antibiotics for a long time opens you to them too.
How do I know which medication to use?
The treatment you choose depends on the type of infection you have and its severity. Children as well as women and men can get them so obviously the strength of medication for a child is less than for an adult. If it is a vaginal infection there are many creams to choose from, if it is Thrush (oral yeast infection) there are sprays.
Why do people chose natural over medicated?
Natural remedies are safe, they do not come with side effects like medicated treatments do. It does not matter whether you are male or female, they work for both. Creams can be messy and some people report that the medicated options have only partly treated symptoms and their infection keeps returning. Since they are more expensive this then gets to be a lot of money for what becomes a returning infection. Natural remedies are easy and work just as quickly.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms vary slightly depending on person and type of infection but include itching, burning, pain during sex and while urinating, swelling, redness, white thick discharge, odor, headaches, tiredness, stomach problems, depression and aching joints.