Symptoms of Yeast Infection

A yeast infection, also known as candidiasis, results from an overgrowth of yeast cells on various surfaces of the body. It can affect men, women and children. In this write up, you’ll discover the main symptoms of yeast infection and how to deal with these symptoms.

But first, it is important that you know this: While yeast infections are more common in women, not all itchiness in the vagina are as a result of a yeast infection. There are other conditions that may manifest similar symptoms to those of a yeast infection, for example bacterial vaginosis. Studies indicate that 33% of women who medicate themselves for yeast infection are actually mistreating themselves (they don’t have it). Therefore it is of paramount importance to understand the symptoms of yeast infection properly before taking any measures.

Depending on the type of part of the body which they affect, symptoms of yeast infection can be classified into the following groups:

1. Symptoms of Oral candidiasis

An oral yeast infection is brought about due to infection of tissues in the oral cavity or around dentures (artificial teeth). Adults become more susceptible to oral yeast infections as they grow older, due to their weakening immune system.
Thrush is commonly seen in infants. It is not considered abnormal in infants unless it lasts longer than a couple of weeks.
Children, mostly between the ages of three and nine years of age, can be affected by chronic mouth yeast infections.

Symptoms
• White patches around the mouth.
• Bad breath.
• Thick, white lacy patches on top of a red base can form on the tongue, palate, or elsewhere inside the mouth.
• A reddish tongue without the white coating

2. Symptoms of Candidiasis of the skin

Yeast cells usually thrive in the warm and moist surfaces of the skin under arms, skin folds, diaper areas and the skin beneath the nails (nail beds). The skin is naturally able to counteract the yeast but certain chemicals and conditions may render the skin defenceless and hence the symptoms of candidiasis become manifest.

Symptoms
• Diaper rash in children.
• Itchiness and soreness in the affected areas.

3. Symptoms of Penile candidiasis

On rare occasions, a man may contract candidiasis after having sex with an infected partner.

Symptoms

• Red patchy sores near the head of the penis or on the foreskin.
• Severe itching.
• Burning sensation during urination.
• Production of a white discharge from the penis, though this is uncommon.

4. Symptoms of Vaginal Yeast Infection

Yeast cells can be normally found in the vaginal area of a healthy woman without bringing forth any signs and symptoms. This is because of the natural balance that is found in that area between the yeast cells and bacteria. However, when this balance becomes disrupted, the yeast cells multiply rapidly and the symptoms become apparent. It is important to note that most of these symptoms can also be brought about by other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Symptoms
• Dreadful Itching, soreness, redness and swelling of vulva.
• Vaginal itching
• Production of a thick, whitish, odourless, curd-like, cottage cheese-like discharge. This is the surest way to identify vaginal candidiasis.
• Obnoxious yeasty odour.
• Vaginal dryness and rashes.
• Pain during intercourse.
• Redness on or around the infected area.
• Burning sensation during urination.
• Vulva puffiness.
• Candidiasis may cause inflammation of the vagina, a condition referred to as vaginitis.

A yeast infection can be easily treated and is not harmful under normal conditions, but when it gets severe it may prove to be lethal for the patient. Rarely, the yeast infection may spread throughout the body, for example through the blood stream. It is then referred to as a systemic yeast infection. About 45% of patients with this complication die. The fungus overruns the bloodstream, urinary tract and liver of the patient. Therefore, it is imperative to know the symptoms before the yeast infection spreads to deeper parts of body.

Symptoms of Systemic Yeast Infection

• White coated tongue.
• Irritation in genital area.
• Depression and anxiety.
• Eye pain.
• Dizziness.
• Sleepiness or lack of sleep at night.
• Sore throat.
• Frequent and painful urination
• Painful joints
• Skin rashes, acne and dandruffs
• Anaemia and irregular heartbeat

It cannot be over emphasized that most of these symptoms may be similar to those caused by other infections like bacterial vaginosis. Therefore it is imperative to see a doctor or physician for the proper diagnosis and treatment.

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