A Fungal Yeast Infection and How to Combat It

A fungal yeast infection comes under a variety of different names. Yeast intolerance, candida infection, candidiasis and probably a few more that are just as difficult to spell. Calling a yeast infection ‘fungal’ is near to true as the bacteria involved do have fungus type attributes where they put down roots and releases spores. Also calling it yeast is valid because of the way it multiplies. It thrives on sugar and releases a variety of gases to make life uncomfortable for you.

A yeast infection can come about for a number of reasons. The main reason is usually due to antibiotics. Unfortunately, while antibiotics are bred to kill a certain bacteria, the body also sees them as enemies and will attempt to kill them as well. This weakens the immune system allowing the yeast room to expand.

Yeast bacteria can also be transferred into areas after invasive surgery. This makes it particularly difficult to target the infected area because of its location and that it will be feeding on sugar available in the bloodstream.

Stress is another major cause. In a stressful situation the body releases all sorts of chemicals which the beneficial bacteria have to deal with. This leaves another opportunity for the yeast to grow.

A yeast infection is not confined to the stomach. It can appear just about anywhere on the body but does prefer warm moist places, the most common places being the mouth and vagina. These infections are generally known as thrush and are usually quite easy to deal with.

Apart from all the other variables with a yeast infection there are also a number of different ways to deal with it. Everyone has their own ideas, most of which are valid, and will be their own special quick and painless remedy. The treatment will come down to where and how far advanced the infection is.

The first thing with any suspected yeast infection is to get it diagnosed correctly. Because the symptoms of a yeast infection mimic those of many other diseases and illnesses you need to make sure that you are using the right treatment. Tests are fairly easy and quick and are usually done in house by the doctor. There are a few home tests as well although these should not be taken verbatim but merely as a guide.

Most medical and home remedies are very effective at clearing up a yeast infection. Anti fungal creams, antibiotics, sprays and other drugs all have their own merits. Probiotics and vinegar amongst the home remedies are effective as well. The underlying problem with all these treatments is that they are treatment and not prevention. The long term objective of any treatment should be the prevention of an infection reappearing.

The widely considered best treatment and prevention is a yeast free diet. A yeast free diet is designed to stop the yeast overgrowth and bring it back down to a manageable level. This will generally mean removing foods that feed the yeast fungi, and also foods that are difficult to digest, from the diet. It is extremely effective at treating and preventing future yeast infections anywhere in the body.