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January 7, 2009 at 10:25 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Candida Yeast Infection: What Is It?

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The Basics

A yeast infection is a form of a pathogenic fungus that is all around us. It can be found on any mucus membrane, such as your mouth, skin, and even in your stomach. You can also get a Candida yeast infection from antibiotics and other factors. Thankfully, the infection doesn't spread throughout the entire body, as it can only grow in infected areas.

When a yeast infection  is properly treated, it isn't dangerous. However, if left untreated, or if treated poorly, it could lead to several sever complications. It can affect your eyes, kidneys, heart, and lungs. If it enters the brain, this can cause acute changes in behavior, mental function, and can even lead to seizures. In extreme cases, Candida yeast has made its way to the esophagus, which causes Candia oesophagitis. In very rare cases, when left untreated, you may end up with holes in your throat.

Immunity

More and more cases of Candida Yeast infection are reported every year. A Candida yeast infection can live normally in your body, and you may never have any negative effects from it. Only when your body's chemistry changes do complications occur. But people who have an unhealthy immune system because of damage from other diseases can get Candida yeast in their blood stream and internal organs. Having the infection in your blood stream or internal organs can be very difficult to cure and can even cause death. Thanks to modern medical advancements, we are living longer, and, the older you are, the more your immune system can be compromised - leaving older individuals at a greater risk for Candida. Also, the increased use of antibiotics can add to this problem.

Additional Forms, Causes, and Treatments

Other forms of a Candida yeast infection include Intertrigo (which is found in the folds of your skin), Balanitis (which can inflame the head of a man's penis), and Vulvovaginal Candidiasis (which is yeast that infects the vagina).

A yeast infection can be caused by the simplest of things, such as detergents or scented products for personal use. Products that cause you to have a skin rash by destroying skin miroflora may also cause a yeast infection. Using a low pH product may help prevent this.

Remember, it's important to treat a yeast infection as soon as the first symptoms arise. If you're lucky, you can get rid of this nasty infection, and it won't come back. Using an all-natural treatment to deal with Candida could be you safest bet since most people can develop Candida from prescription antibiotics.

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