How Do You Get A Yeast Infection – Causes and Symptoms
Yeast Infections : How Do You Get It?
Yeast infection is caused by Candida albicans. It is a type of fungus. Other fungi may also worsen the outbreak. Anyone can have a yeast infection, regardless of age, gender and ethnicity or genetics. Some people may be naturally immune but most are not.
Women are more vulnerable to yeast infection. Men are much less likely to have a yeast infection. Children can have yeast infection upon contracting the fungus from parents. There are three kinds of yeast infection. These are genital yeast infection, oral thrush and outbreaks in other parts of the body. Anal yeast infection is rare but not unheard of.
How Do You Get A Yeast Infection?
There are many ways to get a yeast infection. Children usually get it from their mothers. It could be during childbirth, later while breastfeeding or subsequently through physical contact. Kissing, cuddling and sharing fabrics can increase the chances of children contracting a yeast infection but only if the mother, father or both already have an outbreak. Children can also contract the fungus from other members in the family.
Men usually contract the Candida albicans virus from women. The most common medium of transmission is sexual intercourse and oral sex. Close physical contact and intimacy may also cause the transmission. Women can contract the fungus and subsequently get infected but Candida albicans is naturally found in the vaginal tract. Yeast infection is primarily an overgrowth of this fungus in the vagina.
How Long Does A Yeast Infection Last?
Yeast infection can last anywhere from two or three days to fourteen days. The fungus takes a while to grow and thrive. This leads to an outbreak. Like other microorganisms, especially bacteria and viruses, fungi or especially yeast does not need as much time to incubate. This is also why the duration of the infection is not as long as some bacterial and viral infections.
However, this does not imply that all yeast infections get cured naturally or with some remedies in a few days. Men usually get relief in a few days. Children may take a little longer as their immunity is still developing. Some children can get cured faster than men, especially if the males are much older when their immunity is already weakened. Women take the longest time to get cured.
It may take longer than a day for a woman to have a full outbreak. The infection can expand and worsen over several days. It is not uncommon for vaginal yeast infection to last over a fortnight. Severe infections can last three weeks or longer. How a woman responds with the treatment determines the course. Those who take prompt remedial action will get relief sooner. It is possible to limit the outbreak and neutralize some of the fungi.
A prompt response can reduce the course of the infection from three or four weeks down to a fortnight. Full recovery also depends on the immunity of a woman, lifestyle and diet, overall health and personal hygiene. History of yeast infection also influences the recovery period. The first ever outbreak may be the most severe for many women and take longer to cure.
How Do You Know If You Have a Yeast Infection?
How to know if you have a yeast infection is an important issue. Many women presume that they have a yeast infection when they feel itchiness and irritation in their vagina. Discomfort and pain, especially during sex and urination, can convince a woman or a man that one has yeast infection.
Men can be more or less certain that they have yeast infection if they see sores on their penile foreskin, if the skin turns red and there is some swelling accompanied by itchiness and irritation. Experiencing pain and discomfort during urination and sexual intercourse are also common symptoms. However, one must rule out other conditions such as urinary tract infection.
Women must observe the symptoms because they can be similar to the signs of bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is not as common as vaginal yeast infection but the similar symptoms complicate the diagnosis. The best way to find out if it is indeed yeast infection is to observe the vaginal discharge. If the discharge is white and odorless, then the infection has been caused by fungi. If the discharge is not odorless and has a foul smell then it is probably bacterial vaginosis.
The discharge while having a yeast infection can have some odor but it should smell like bread or beer. That is the odor of yeast. Bacteria have a different smell and hence the discharge will not be identical. Other symptoms cannot be relied upon to differential vaginal yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis.
Oral thrush is easy to detect. There will be white patches or spots inside the mouth. There may be sores. These could be limited to the tongue or inner cheeks, on the gums and sometimes on the lips as well. The sores can extend to the tonsils and swallowing will be hard or painful in some cases.
Yeast infection on other parts of the body can also be detected similarly. There will be sores, often red and swollen. They may be some pus inside the bumps. The skin may appear cracked or broken in parts. Such types of yeast infection are rare so the complication exists mostly in cases of vaginal and penile yeast infection.
Complicated Yeast Infections in Women, Men and Children
Yeast infections in women, men and children are not fatal. The symptoms do subside in due course of time. Remedial measures can speed up recovery. If there are any complications then one must consult a doctor. Complicated yeast infections in women, men and children are anal yeast infection, chronic yeast infection and recurring yeast infections.
If you are having frequent outbreaks, perhaps three times or more in a year, then you need a thorough health checkup. An underlying medical or health condition may be triggering the outbreak. Chronic yeast infection or recurring yeast infections should not be taken lightly. Anal yeast infection is not very common but calls for medical intervention.
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Note: This Page was last updated on Saturday 4th of April 2020