Know The Causes Of Yeast Infections - And Fight Them Better!
Yeast infection or Candidiasis, commonly attributed to overgrowth of Candida albicans (a yeast-like fungus) in the body is an embarrassing, irritating, and often a dangerous condition. Candida albicans is usually present in most human beings in acceptable quantities. It acts as a facilitator of digestion process and kills other pathogens. However, when the fungus count exceeds the tolerable limit by overgrowth or by transmission from an infected person during sexual intercourse, it acquires the invasive form and conquers the system.
What are the primary causes of yeast infections?
Low Immunity: Your immune system is like a protective wall against all infections, including Candidiasis. Lack of sleep, stressful life, malnutrition and under-nutrition cause your immunity to be lowered. A compromised immunity system means that the body is vulnerable to any kind of invasion. People with low immunity are highly susceptible to Candidiasis, especially oral thrush, yeast infection in throat, and yeast infection in the oesophagus. HIV and Lyme infected patients are inherently low in immunity.
Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations in the body can be a strong cue for yeast infections to set in. In women this is more prevalent as the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause are highly associated hormonal changes. Consumption of oral contraceptives also affects the hormone levels in the body to a substantial extent. Steroids used for treating arthritis, asthma and lupus can also cause yeast infections.
Sex Practices: Candida infections are generally not considered to be sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) but the infected person can definitely transmit the fungus to his/her partner via sexual contact, hand-touching of sexual parts, oral sex and sexual intercourse via mixing of fluids. Washing hands before touching yourself and after touching your partner, washing the genitals after sexual activity, changing bed-sheets frequently, and practising protected sex can check the spread of yeast infections from one person to another.
Taking Antibiotics: Antibiotics, which are actually meant to kill the harmful bacteria, also kill the ‘good’ bacteria in the gut, thus setting the ground for invasive yeasts to take over. Prolonged intake of antibiotics due to any illness often leads to Candidiasis. Some people are also unreceptive to certain antibiotics and infections occur immediately on the consumption of such antibiotic, whether for prolonged period or not.
Diabetes Mellitus: Unchecked diabetes mellitus can cause elevated sugar levels in the blood, creating an environment conducive to the growth of the Candida.
Clothes: Yeasts flourish in places that are laden with moisture. Clothes that are non-cotton, dirty, tight, damp and clumpy are often powerhouses of yeast breeding. Wearing loose, clean, cotton clothes, changing menstrual-napkins frequently, washing and drying all apparels, especially inner wears, can go a long way in fighting and preventing yeast infections.
Chemical agents: Deodorant soaps, scented toilet papers, fabric cleaners, fabric softeners, and detergents used to clean under-wears can encourage allergic reactions, thus fostering yeast growth.
Condoms: Spermicides and latex, if present in condoms, are known to instigate yeast infection in certain people, though not in all.
Dietary practices: Diets that disturb the pH balance, diets that are rich in sugar and in carbohydrate, and diets which do not contain adequate fibres and vitamins, create the ideal environment for Candida overpopulation. Lack of nutrition and incorrect timing of meals also affect the body balance.
Indirect causes of yeast infections
Exposure to sperm and semen in rapid succession.
Incorrect wiping (from rear to front) while cleaning the genitourinary tract.
Sweating, that causes dampness and affects the pH level.
Thus, yeast infections are multi-factorial in nature. This means that leaving out any one factor would make your treatment of Candidiasis a failure. Holistic treatment uses natural methods to address all the causes of yeast infections and it is the only method that cures the condition completely without any side-effects. It strengthens your system from inside and sets right the various imbalances of the body and the mind. Natural yeast infection treatments work in alignment with the natural working of the body, and hence, is the ideal way to treat Candidiasis.
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