Yeast infection is the fungal disease triggered by the fungus named as Candida albicans. It is also called as candidiasis, thrush and fungal infection. This yeast is found in the body naturally, especially in the genital areas and mouth. It is not harmful as long as its growth is under control. However, there are certain aspects that lead to the growth of candida, which ultimately results to yeast infection.
Among these aspects, extensive use of antibiotics is one of the most common causes of yeast infection. Antibiotics used to treat vaginal infections or urinary tract infections can trigger uncontrolled growth of fungus. Besides this, it can also be caused due to chemotherapy, taking birth control medicines or by consuming excess amounts of sugar. Though this infection is found mostly in women, but even men suffer from this infuriating condition.
Well, to known if you have yeast infection, it is important to identify its signs and symptoms before diagnosing.
Indications of Yeast infection is classified in two types, viz.-
1. Oral Yeast Infection (oral thrush)
Signs of Oral Yeast Infection
Oral yeast or fungal infection can hit both men and women. The symptoms of this infection can be seen easily inside the mouth because of its apparent signs.
- White creamy lesions inside the mouth, gums and on tongue
- At times slight bleeding from lesions
- Minute cracks in the corner of mouth
- Loss of taste
- Feeling on uneasiness inside the mouth
- Difficulty in swallowing
2. Genital yeast infection (vaginal fungal infection in females and penile fungal infection in males)
Signs of Vaginal Yeast infection
Vaginal yeast infection also called as vulvovaginal candidiasis in the common problem seen in women. This problem however is often ignored by most women and thus are not diagnosed quickly. However, the symptoms of vaginal yeast infection can be observed few days before the monthly periods. Below mentioned are its symptoms.
- Irritation, burning and itching sensation in vagina
- Throbbing pain during sexual intercourse
- Cheesy like vaginal discharge
Signs of Penile Yeast infection
The warning indications of penile yeast infection can be seen a couple of days before the encounter of this problem. however, the symptoms seems to appear almost similar to penile yeast infection. The symptoms of penile yeast infection include the following.
- Cracked skin
- Pain, itching and irritation around the penile organ
- White discharge
Both, men as well as women experience pain during the sexual encounter when suffering from genital yeast infection. This is one of its sign, which indicates that you might be suffering from fungal infection. one must remember that genital yeast infection can be passed on from one person to the other during sexual act and thus it is extremely important to recognize and treat it as early as possible.
As there are chances of fungal infection to occur more than once, so, it is always better to consult your concerning doctor and get better treatment done after identifying the symptoms.