Untreated Yeast Infection
An Untreated Yeast Infection Can Be Dangerous
No one likes to get a yeast infection. But aside from the uncomfortable symptoms you experience, there are more serious dangers that may arise from an untreated yeast infection. So while most yeast infections usually clear up on their own, it may be wise to err on the side of caution and seek proper diagnosis and treatment.
While yeast infections are far more prevalent in women, men can also develop the condition, although they are less likely to have symptoms. Regardless of gender, the most commonly prescribed treatment is a topical anti-fungal cream. They are available over-the-counter and are generally marketed towards women but can also safely be used by men.
Prescription antibiotics may also be used, particularly for asymptomatic men or women who do not respond to other treatment. In addition, a plethora of natural remedies can be found on the internet, ranging from consumption of pH-balancing foods like yogurt, to the use of boric acid suppositories. Be sure to do your research before following these approaches, however, as not all natural remedies may be safe.
That being said, you should begin treatment right away and continue until the infection is completely gone. If left untreated for too long, your symptoms may worsen and you may experience more pain and discomfort as the fungus continues to grow. Your discomfort, however, may be the least of your worries in light of the more serious potential consequences.
If nothing else, the infection gets harder to treat the longer you let it spread. A fungus will multiply and spread to different parts of the body, which means that you will then have to treat a higher quantity of bacteria. Ointments and creams become less effective and antibiotics may be the only option at that point.
Beyond the areas directly affected by the infection, there are other parts of your body that may suffer when the condition is left untreated. Your body expends a lot of energy trying to fight the infection. This often leads to poor absorption of nutrients, which affects your overall health and often makes you more susceptible to further infection.
Your intestines may also be affected by the persistently high levels of yeast in the body. If irritation to the intestines is severe enough, you may develop “leaky gut syndrome, ” a condition where particles of food are leaked from the intestine into the bloodstream. In turn, having these foreign bodies floating around in your blood will require your liver to work harder, and over time this could lead or contribute to liver disease. In rare cases, this could even lead to sepsis, a life-threatening condition in which blood clots cause various body parts to swell severely.
So if you have a persistent yeast infection or if they are a frequent occurrence, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. If getting rid of the annoying symptoms isn’t motivation enough, knowing the risk of complications should do it. Don’t gamble on an untreated yeast infection.