Having a yeast infection doesn’t mean you are a dirty person. It can definitely make a person feel unclean to have the infection, which can occur in the mouth, breasts, fatty foods, or in the lower regions of the body, as well as on the skin.
Yeast is present in everyone and can be useful cells. It’s only when they grow uncontrollably that they become unwanted inhabitants of our bodies. If the normal bacteria help control the yeast, everything functions exactly and it isn’t even noticeable. Yeast that isn’t controlled will quickly grow and cause infection. Anything that damages the immune system can create an environment for yeast to grow antibiotics; tight clothing, wet clothing, diabetes, and obesity are all contributors to yeast infection.
Some women are more prone than others to vaginal yeast infection. It seems women are more apt to get them than men. Men just don’t make them known as readily as women. Not knowing what a yeast infection is can be scary for someone who has never had one. It may be most embarrassing to accept the first time. Some women feel embarrassed every time one occurs, and it is possible to get more than one.
There’s nothing to be ashamed of when one gets a yeast infection, be it men or women who suffers. Education can help calm the nerves, as can knowing you aren’t the only person who has ever suffered the indignity. The problem lies in misdiagnosing a yeast infection when there is a bigger problem that needs to be addressed. Trichomonas, gardnerella, Chlamydia, and gonorrhoea can mimic the symptoms of a yeast infection. A pap smear at the doctor’s office can rule out a mistake. If your doctor isn’t sure, he would most likely recommend a culture be taken for further examination.
If your infection is caused by yeast that is resistant to some anti-fungal medications, you’ll need a doctor’s care as well to point you in the right direction for the most effective treatment.
Trying to prevent infections is always recommended no matter what type of infection. Prevention is better than treatment because it can help you avoid becoming resistant to treatments. Knowing the steps you can take to lessen your chances of acquiring a return infection is always recommended. If you can take control of your wellness, you will be a stronger person mentally as well as physically. Precautions are not always going to prevent infections, of course. There may be things that are beyond your control. This does not mean you are a failure or should be blamed.
Sometimes, it is easy to feel like you have done something wrong or that you may not have done enough. But a yeast infection is something that happens to someone every day. It may not be the subject of general conversation, but you can rest assured you are not the only one who has had to endure one, and you won’t be the last!
Learning is power. Take control of your body by learning what is normal for you. Some people have yeast infections more often than others. Some seem to “outgrow” the tendency to get them. Whatever the case, the more you learn about the infection and about your own body, the better off you’ll be!