Symptoms Of A Yeast Infection
A moist environment is optimum for yeast to grow. Anywhere where skin folds or is naturally moist can be susceptible to yeast infections. Areas more prone are the mouth, arm pits, and in the genital area. Obesity can breed infections where skin folds occur. Under breasts is another area where yeast infection can happen.
Symptoms of a yeast infection can include the following: reddening in the area infected, soreness, discomfort, a white almost cottage cheese-like substance, and in some cases blistering. Often symptoms are not noticed or just slightly uncomfortable.
Canidida albicans, or yeast, is the most common single-celled fungus that is found in humans. Generally yeast is not a problem and is found in the mouth, the genital area, and the GI or gastrointestinal tract. Bacteria normally keep yeast under control, however, if a disruption in a healthy system occurs an infection may happen.
Increased yeast and infection are due to common causes that spur increased growth which often have to do with decreased health conditions such as having diabetes, heavy stress that lowers immunity, obesity, and having human immunodeficiency virus. Being on antibiotics also increases the risk for a yeast infection as the drugs decrease the necessary bacteria that keeps normal yeast levels in check.
In both older adults and younger children yeast in the mouth can occur. Oral yeast infection or Thrush symptoms show up as a reddish base topped with a white curd-like spot. These can be found on anywhere on the fleshy parts of the mouth. Adults can have yeast around their dentures.
Immune systems that have been compromised can have internal yeast infections. Symptoms may include pain, ulcers, and could eventually cause organ malfunction. People who have HIV-AIDS often contract a yeast infection of the esophagus, which is much like thrush, but it spreads down the esophagus to the stomach. If the infection gets to the gastrointestinal tract the pain from ulceration can deter a person from drinking water or eating food. If Canidida infection goes further into the small intestine, nutrients of food will not be properly absorbed. Symptoms then become dehydration and malnourishment. Anyone with an immune system that is depressed needs to take any yeast infection seriously.
While women are generally associated with genital yeast infections, men too can experience the effects. Transmitted through sex men’s symptoms are redness at the glan area of the penis and soreness, with discharge and blistering. Women also have a white discharge often compared to a cottage cheese-like consistency, itching, redness and pain in both urination and during sex. The infection can spread to the vulva causing redness and swelling.
It is important to note that dogs and cats can also get yeast infections in their nose, mouth, ears, and genitals and in their GI (gastrointestinal) tract. Symptoms that can tip off an owner are if it is in the mouth the animal will drool a lot. If it is in the ears, scratching and shaking of the head will occur. Infection on the skin will be red and may have sores. A fever may be present or an odor may be detected. If the infection is internal the animal may bloat and/or have other GI problems. If the animal is more tired, or doesn’t have the same energy as usual, all could be a sign of internal yeast infection.
Yeast is naturally occurring in mammals and its balance is maintained by bacteria. But small changes can upset this delicate balance. If the yeast infection is caught early it is relatively easy cure. However, internal infections will require more intense treatments and could be life threatening if not addressed.