The Major Causes Of A Bacterial Yeast Infection
There are many forms of a bacterial yeast infection but one of the most common forms of a candida infection effect up to 75% of the women in the United States. A yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis may be similar with their symptoms. However treatment of these two types of infections couldn't be more different.
A harmful bacterium named Gardnerella is usually the cause of bacterial vaginosis. Actually bacterial vaginosis used to be called Gardnerella vaginitis for that very reason.
Now a fungus is actually responsible for a bacterial yeast infection. A candida albicans infection is what we generally call a yeast infection in women and all candida infections are basically just a yeast overgrowth.
Candidas live naturally in the body and are usually kept in check by your immune system and the proper balance of "good" bacteria. However a infection can occur when your natural flora balance is disturbed for some reason.
This could be something like you having to take antibiotics or you've had new yeast introduced in some way. Anything that may upset the balance between "good" and "bad" bacteria can cause you to get either one of these infections. Antibiotics are the number one reason for getting many types of candida infections and bacterial vaginosis.
Now a yeast infection is not considered a STD but it can be transmitted back and forth between partners, my husband and I found that one out the hard way. However bacterial vaginosis is not considered a STD and cannot be transmitted between partners.
Men are lucky they usually experience no or very little symptoms of a mild bacterial yeast infection. However they are still capable of giving an infection back to you.
A vaginal white discharge is a symptom of a yeast infection in women. This discharge could be like crumbly blue cheese or cottage cheese anywhere from light to very thick.
Other symptoms would be a little yeasty odor to no odor at all. You should have extreme itchiness and soreness around the vagina. Painful urination and pain during intercourse may also be symptoms.
Candida infections are common everything from thrush, athlete's foot, skin or a more serious infection like intestinal, digestive or even a systemic yeast infection. If left untreated candida infections can cause you many problems.
A systemic candida infection is rare but you don't want to take that chance. A systemic condition is where candida have entered the blood stream and will start to wreak havoc on your organs, possibly start shutting them down.
Treating your symptoms and not addressing the root of the infection is what a lot of the over the counter yeast infection treatments will give you. But the only way to be sure you won't be dealing with another infection in the future is to kill all the candida in your entire body. It's easy and it's the only permanent solution.