Yeast infections are caused by the Candida Albicans strain of fungus in the human body. Their growth is limited by the immune system and other microorganisms like bacteria that are found in the same areas of the human body where the fungus resides.
These infections can either be superficial, affecting the skin and mucosal membranes or slightly more serious causing diseases like oral thrush and vaginitis. They could also lead to systemic and potentially life-threatening diseases.
The most common yeast infection occurs during the time when a patient is taking antibiotics to cure other diseases. The drug destroys both the bad and the good bacteria in the digestive system, thereby letting the yeasts develop within the digestive tract.
The good bacteria that are usually found alongside the tract in large colonies get destroyed by the antibiotics. This results in the yeast population mushrooming within the digestive tract and causing major infections that manifest within and outside the body.
The general perception over the years has been that women are more prone to vaginal yeast infections after they complete an antibiotic dosage. However, recent studies have revealed that Candida infection could also impact men in a large way.
Studies have revealed that due to misconception about yeast infection in males, it often gets mixed up with other ailments like sexually transmitted diseases. Most such infections can be treated at home with the help of natural remedies based on vinegar, baby oil and garlic. Women can take some preventive steps before starting a course of antibiotics.
These steps will help restrict the growth of yeast infection and even prevent it. Probiotic supplements, yogurt consumption and staying away from sugary items and not wearing tight fitting clothes that can trap moisture are some of the steps that can prevent Candida infections. In addition, avoid wearing wet bathing clothes as well as under garments made of nylon as they tend to hold moisture.
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