Yeast Infection

image_yeastcellsYeast infections are generally caused by an organism called Candida albicans or Candidiasis and there is no direct evidence that it is passed through sexual intercourse.Candida or yeast infections most commonly occur after taking antibiotics which kill off the good bacteria and allow the yeast to overgrow. A stressed and tired immune system will also allow yeast to flourish and the symptoms may be sore throat, sinus infections, bloating, a white coated tongue and fatigue.

Almost half of all healthy, sexually active women, and one-third of all pregnant women tested had Candida albicans which may indicate that sexual activity itself may contribute to the growth of Candida albicans.

Certain types of yeast may be present in harmless amounts in the: bowels, digestive tract, mouth, skin and vagina.

  • Under certain conditions, an overgrowth of yeast can occur as we discussed above...especially after the use of antibiotics or when you are under a heavy stress load which depresses the immune system.

Other yeast or fungal infections are:

  • Balanitis
  • Intertrigo
  • Moniliasis
  • Thrush
  • Vulva-vaginal candidiasis

Yeast infections or fungal growths that are observable usually develop in a moist environment, such as:

  • finger and toe nails
  • folds of skin
  • genitals
  • webs of fingers and toes
  • The skin may develop a rash or bumps
  • Intestinal yeast infections cannot be seen but are experienced as GI upset with constipation or loose stools and indigestion. Also look for a white coated tongue.
  • 98% of chronic sinus problems are a fungal/yeast infection and are not caused by bacteria except perhaps as a secondary infection. You must change your diet and take natural sources of anti yeast formulas like NFA-Candida.

 

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