The most common female yeast infection of the symptoms include: itching, irritation and/or burning, the skin around the vagina may be red or sore, and a thick, white "cheesy" discharge.
A female yeast infection is a type of vaginitis usually caused by the overgrowth of Candida Albicans yeast (actually a fungus), which is normally present in all human bodies, but sometimes grows to abnormal proportions due to conditions such as a weakened immune system, taking antibiotics, or taking birth control pills, to name a few.
Men can also get infected, and will present the same sort of localized symptoms.
Infants can present with candida overgrowth as well, called thrush, usually showing up in the moutth and on the tongue as a whitish film or patches.
Babies can also get a genital yeast infection which shows up as a deep red patchy diaper rash that frequently displays "satellite" patches (smaller patches of the rash showing up a little way away from the main rash).
Women (or men) with diabetes also run a higher risk of developing candida infections since yeasts like sugary environments.
Pregnancy can cause an alteration in the amount of sugars and acidity in vaginal secretions, creating a more favorable environment for candida yeast to overgrow.
Using chemical laden body products to clean the genital areas can disrupt the balance of healthy bacteria in these regions making the body more prone to a yeast infection.
Candida can be transmitted sexually as well, so it's better to abstain until it's cleared up.
Douching too often can actually promote yeast infections. It is not recommended to douche on any sort of regular basis, proper hygeine is enough. That said, an apple cider vinegar douche can help provide relief. 2 tablespoons of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a quart of water is a good dose.
Chronic Yeast Infections?
More about Candida Albicans Yeast and the symptoms it can cause when it overgrows in the body
Thrush is another form of Candida Yeast Infection
Apple Cider Vinegar for Yeast Infections
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