How to Get Rid of Yeast Infection for Good
In order to get rid of yeast infection, the sufferer must first understand why the condition is occurring and what symptoms they should be looking out for. Once understanding this it becomes much easier to figure out the best way(s) to get rid of the infection.
The standard symptom is annoying, sometimes chronic, itching in the genital area. Other symptoms that you should look out for include soreness and burning when using the restroom, inflammation, redness, and swelling. There is also a discharge that is usually thick and white in color.
It is important to note that not all women who have a yeast infection will experience these symptoms and others who have these symptoms may, in fact, be suffering from another ailment altogether, which is why getting a proper diagnosis from your physician is very important.
A fungus known as Candida Albicans is the main cause of the symptoms of yeast infection. Candida fungi occur naturally in the body but, under normal circumstances, are kept under control and prevented from overgrowing by your body's beneficial bacteria. But when the numbers of good bacteria fall sufficiently, then the Candida fungus can overgrow causing a yeast infection.
There are many reasons why the Candida fungus can overcome your friendly bacteria. The most important are: immune deficiency, antibiotics overuse, too high blood sugar levels, some medications, and hormonal imbalance. These either reduce your good bacteria numbers and / or help to 'feed' the fungus...
For example, antibiotics can kill the good bacteria as well as the bad. Candida fungus feeds on sugar as its main food source.
And when a woman is on her monthly cycle, she is most likely to get this condition due to the hormonal changes during this period.
Other causes that are attributed to triggering the conditions that cause yeast infections include pregnancy, poor nutrition and the use of family planning contraceptives.
Although intercourse cannot cause yeast infection, if one partner does have such an infection then it can be transferred to the other partner. And although many people say to use a condom to prevent this, you need to be aware that some spermicides can actually encourage fungal growth.
Yeast infection is more commonly found in women than in men. However, one of the problems with yeast infection in men is that symptoms may not show for a considerable period of time. This can worsen the condition without them knowing, so that by the time they go to treat it the infection is much deeper and harder to eradicate. This is another reason for seeking medical help as soon as the symptoms appear.
The usual way to treat yeast infection is through prescription or over-the-counter medications. Once the doctor prescribes medicines, the patient has to follow the recommended dosage until all of it is finished. They should not stop taking the tablets once their symptoms disappear as there is a likelihood of the problem reappearing.
If left untreated, the infection can become deeper and spread even further. It can happen that the fungus can actually penetrate the gut wall releasing toxins into the blood stream causing very serious health problems.
This is why stopping recurring infections is so important.
Unfortunately, for some people, the usual drug-based medications tend to address the symptoms rather than the underlying causes. So that, even if the symptoms go away and you feel you have beaten the infection, there is no guarantee that the fungus won't overgrow again because the root cause has not been addressed.
In addition, as with all drugs, the fungus can become resistant to them over time when they are being used for repeated infections.
Another route that more and more victims are taking is to get rid of their yeast infection naturally, using home remedies and some important lifestyle adjustments...
One of the most important is diet. Since sugar feeds the fungus it must be avoided in all its different forms. This includes refined carbohydrates because these break down into sugar during the digestion process.
Avoid yeast-based products. You should also avoid fermented, malted, smoked and other cured products. And avoid dairy products too.
You can eat non-refined carbs and organic proteins. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. Soy based products as an alternative to dairy products are good too. Drink plenty of bottled spring water instead of tap water because much tap water today contains antibiotics.
You need to stay as healthy as you can so that your immune system is working at its most effective. There are many things that can lower your immune system. One of these is an unhealthy diet. Another is stress and anxiety.
If you follow a good healthy diet with plenty of daily exercise then this will help to build-up your immune system. And doing all that you can to reduce stress is so important too. This includes exercise, proper rest and sleep, being better organized, and don't be shy about trying relaxation and stress-reducing exercises.
You can see that by understanding what the root causes of your yeast infections are you can get a better grasp of how best to approach a cure. And women and men are increasingly turning to natural remedies to get rid of yeast infection...
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