What is a Yeast Infection?
A fungal disease which affects many parts of the body, but is particularly likely to affect warm, damp areas.
What are the Symptoms of a Yeast Infection?
Symptoms include severe itching, burning, and soreness, irritation of the vagina and/or vulva, and a whitish or whitish-gray discharge, often with a curd-like appearance. Many women mistake the symptoms of the more common bacterial vaginosis for a yeast infection. In men, symptoms include red patchy sores near the head of the penis or on the foreskin, severe itching and/or a burning sensation. Candidiasis of the penis can also have a white discharge, although uncommon. However, having no symptoms at all is common and usually, a more severe form of the symptoms may emerge later.
What are the Causes of a Yeast Infection?
Yeast Infections are caused by the Candida bacteria which is an organism which is often on the skin or in the gut of most people. If the patient starts to get symptoms, it is because that another problem has caused the bacteria to flourish more than usual.
Traditional Medical Treatments for Yeast Infection
In the case of vaginal infection, pessaries and creams are available and usually help to control the problem. Mouth infections are usually treated orally. If systematic infection has been diagnosed, it is essential to use treatment which can get to the bloodstream.
Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Yeast Infection
This condition is usually kept in check by other “friendly” bacteria, but if a person is ill, run-down, or being treated with antibiotics, the fungus can grow. The virus does not live in acid environments. Echinacea, comfrey or golden seal, barberry, thyme and rosemary are very useful herbs for this condition. You will need professional help on these herbs and the required doses.