Yeast Infections: Symptoms, Causes, and Home Remedies

Some fungi can be found in the human body, certain conditions can trigger it and cause problems, but it generally serves its purpose. [what it was designed to do] without ever making a person sick or causing them discomfort.

The most common yeast infections.

* ringworm – an infection in the shape of a round ring that is very infectious [can cross infect from person to person], usually found on all skin surfaces, but can also infect nails [as tinea]. It starts slowly, but if left untreated it can infect the entire surface of the body and cause a lot of itching and discomfort.

* Athlete’s foot / foot: mainly infects between the toes, but can also be found on the sides of the feet or in and around the toenails.

Candida: mainly infects moist areas of the body [groin and upper thighs] but it is also known to infect toenails. This fungus is also known as thrush and can cause diaper rash. [on babies] and vaginal infections [in women]

Jock itch: the upper thighs and groin area are the main areas that are infected with this fungus

Some symptoms

flushing

itch

dryness

cracked skin

inflamed skin

raised bumps

burning sensation

foul-smelling discharge

Hair loss

Symptoms depend on the area infected by the fungus. [you will not lose your hair if you have athletes feet for example], infection care should be started as soon as possible to prevent further infection and cross-infection [ringworm, athletes foot etc].

Causes

* Athlete’s foot – with dirty socks [or sharing with an infected person], using public showers or swimming pools, not drying between the toes and having very sweaty and wet feet that are not cared for.

* Jock Itch – Poor personal hygiene in that area could cause this [as well as thrush]. Wearing dirty underwear and a very sweaty groin area also contribute to this problem.

Candida – a form of yeast infection that infects damp and damp areas, poor personal hygiene, and the use of dirty underwear. [diapers in the case of babies with nappy rash] they are also a trigger for this problem.

* ringworm [also know as tinea] – it is generally transmitted from one infected animal or person to another by physical contact. This fungus is very contagious and it is very important to have good personal hygiene and avoid infected animals or people.

Antibiotics, poor diet, diabetes, cancer, and some other serious illnesses can also make people susceptible to a yeast infection; This is because the sick person already has a weakened immune system.

Home remedies

* yogurt: applied as a topical treatment to the infected area [must be fungal] or taken as food for an internal infection [vaginal infection]

* apple cider vinegar – applied as a topical ointment for skin infections [must be fungal]

* aloe – applied as an ointment alone or mixed with olive oil on the fungal infected area

* vitamin E oil – mixed with baby oil and aloe, topically for yeast infection

* tea tree oil: applied topically to fungal infected areas

* garlic: apply raw garlic to the area, avoid sensitive areas for this treatment, it may smell but it sure works

Remember to eat right and drink plenty of fluids at this time, this will help the immune system fight the yeast infection.

Over-the-counter medications will also help clear the infection. If there has been no noticeable change after a few days, see your doctor for a diagnosis and prescribed medication or treatment for the condition.