The Major Causes Of A Bacterial Yeast Infection
By Angela L White Submitted On December 01, 2010
Sometimes referred to as a bacterial yeast infection a candida infection is one of the most common infections in women. Although the symptoms of a bacterial infection or bacterial vaginosis and a or candida infection can mimic each other, they are completely different.
A harmful bacteria named Gardnerella is usually the cause of bacterial vaginosis. Actually bacterial vaginosis used to be called Gardnerella vaginitis for that very reason.
Now a candida infection is exactly what it sounds like an overgrowth of yeast. It is actually a fungal infection caused by candida. There are different types of candida infections, candida albicans is variety that causes problems for women.
Candidas live naturally in the body and are usually kept in check by your immune system and the proper balance of “good” bacteria. However a infection can occur when your natural flora balance is disturbed for some reason.
This could be something like you having to take antibiotics or you’ve had new yeast introduced in some way. Anything that may upset the balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria can cause you to get either one of these infections. Antibiotics are the number one reason for getting many types of candida infections and bacterial vaginosis.
A candida infection can be sexually transmitted between partners, I found that out with my husband the hard way. However bacterial vaginosis cannot be transmitted back and forth.
Men can have little to no signs of a mild yeast infection. And yet they are still capable of transmitting it, they can just carry it for a long time if left untreated.
Symptoms of a yeast infection are a vaginal white discharge that could be light to heavy with the consistency of cottage cheese. So women have described it like crumbly blue cheese.
Painful urination and pain during intercourse are some more symptoms of a yeast infection. Along with soreness around the vagina and itchiness, there should be a slight yeasty smell with the discharge.
Thrush, athlete’s foot, or skin candida infections if left untreated can escalate to more serious candida infections like digestive track, intestinal all the way to a systemic yeast infection. Candida can really cause you problems if you continue to ignore an infection.
A systemic yeast infection is where candida has entered the blood stream and can really play havoc on all of your major organs. Now a systemic candida infection is rare but it can happen if you continue to ignore the signs.
You could try an over the counter treatment from your local pharmacy but it will only cure the symptoms and will not address the root of the problem. The best way to permanently cure any candida infection is to kill all of the candida in the whole body. It’s the only way to be sure you won’t be dealing with another infection in the near future.
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