Yeast infection symptoms are not something that is a cookie cutter and only relevant to yeast infections. Yeast infection symptoms are broad enough to fit a host of other infections, disorders, and sexually transmitted infections.
Yeast infections are often a nightmare for both men and women. Contrary to common misconception, men are not exempt from acquiring yeast infections. In fact, there are many cases in which men experience penile and oral yeast infections that are comparable in discomfort to what many women experience. For the most part, yeast infections are extremely difficult to control in occurrence and symptoms.
Unlike other sexually transmitted infection, a vaginal yeast infection is not bacterial based. Yeast infections are derived from a fungus. While popular belief suggests that that yeast infections only occur in the genital regions of men and women, yeast infections are not limited to these areas. Yeast infections also affect the oral cavity. Vaginal yeast infections are the most familiar types of yeast infections in women and are caused by a specific type of fungus called Candida Albicans. The vagina already contains small amount of yeast.
However, when the vaginal PH is disrupted, the amount of yeast run ramped, creating more yeast cells than needed. When this happens, symptoms begin to occur. In men, yeast infections of the oral cavity and genitals do not occur in the same manner as that of women. For men, yeast infections are not produced but are acquired from women with the infection. Yeast infections are easily passed from female to a male during sexual activity including intercourse and oral sex.
Yeast Infection Symptoms In Women on the Skin
Other forms of yeast infection are also found on the skin. This occurs in both men and women. This can happen from contact with someone with a yeast infection or it can also occur naturally especially in men who have overloads of yeast in the body.
Another misconception is that yeast infections are wholly related to sex or sexual activity. This is simply not true. While yeast infections can be passed during sexual acts, many young girls and women who are not sexually active or have never had sex before can also acquire yeast infections. Acquiring a yeast infection is based upon how your body reacts to certain substances and activities.
Preventing the frequency of yeast infections is extremely easy to do. Many women are blissfully unaware that their own actions are partially responsible for yeast infections. For example wearing tight fighting clothing increases the chances of developing a yeast infection. Yeast flourish in damp warm places. When the vaginal area is not able to breathe so to speak, the conditions are perfect for breeding yeast cells.
Inserting things like soap, douches and perfumes into the vagina also increase the chance of acquiring a yeast infection. Consuming beer in excess also contributes to yeast infections. Believe it or not, but antibiotics also contribute to yeast infections. Yeast, in healthy amounts, co-exists with the vagina’s healthy bacteria. However, the role of antibiotics is to remove bacteria from the body. Unfortunately, antibiotics not only remove the bad bacteria but it also removes the body’s good bacteria as well.
Without the help of the vagina’s good bacteria to help keep the vaginal PH in sync, yeast flourishes more than it should, resulting in a yeast infection. There are little things that can be done to stop this besides taking probiotic yogurt or pills, and even this is not 100% fool proof.
Yeast Infection Symptoms in Women Vary From Person to Person.
Yeast infection symptoms vary from person to person. Many people, both men and women may be asymptomatic. Asymptomatic means that the person does not exude any physical symptoms. However, in women, the most easily recognizable symptom is the cottage cheese effect. The cottage cheese effect is the vaginal discharge that is thick, white, and similar to cottage cheese. The discharge does not have an odor, but it is extremely uncomfortable to handle and may cause soiling of undergarments.
There is also extreme itching to the vulva and surrounding areas. Inflammation of the inner and outer vaginal region is also a common symptom. This itching, inflammation and irritation can also be seen in men on the tip of the penis and also around the shaft of the penis. Men may experience irritation and inflammation in any area that has come in contact with a vaginal yeast infection, including the mouth.
In either event, diagnosing a yeast infection can be done either by a medical professional like a gynecologist or a qualified nurse practitioner since many of the symptoms are also mimicked in sexually transmitted infections.
Now, you are also able to test yourself for a yeast infection at home, with yeast infection PH strips. The strips measure the vagina’s PH to diagnose a yeast infection or to point to another type of sexual infection. These strips are not applicable in the testing of men for yeast infections. Nonetheless, the test kits are available at most pharmacies and retail stores.
Before you attempt to diagnose yourself or come to a conclusive result regarding a yeast infection, you must examine all available information behind why yeast infections occur, treatment options and methods for prevention.