Yeast Infection Probiotic

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Yeast Infection Probiotic

  1. 1. By Probiotic Expert: Dr. Raga
  2. 2.    Also known as Candidiasis, is a fungal infection which is commonly caused by Candida Albicans. The infection caused by this specie ranges from superficial to systemic and may even be lifethreatening. Usually, areas such as the skin, mouth, throat, and genitals are mostly affected. The infection may also involve the blood which is responsible for its systemic spread.
  3. 3.     Oral Candidiasis: This is a kind of yeast infection which mainly affects the oral cavity. This is also known as oral thrush and oropharyngeal candidiasis. Cutaneous Candidiasis: Yeast infection which affects the skin. Genital yeast infection: This is a condition in which the genital area is infected with yeast overgrowth. In women, this is also termed as vulvovaginal yeast infection or vaginitis. Invasive candidiasis or Candidemia: A state in which the yeast infection becomes extensive and invades the bloodstream.
  4. 4. The symptoms associated with yeast infection actually depends on what body part is affected. 1. Oral Candidiasis  Redness and discomfort felt in the mouth area, white spots on tongue and oral cavity, difficulty in swallowing, sore throat, and cracking at the area where the lips meet. 2. Cutaneous Candidiasis  itching, discomfort and redness
  5. 5. 3. Genital yeast infection  In women, symptoms include vaginal itching, redness, soreness, cottage cheese-like discharge, and painful intercourse.  In men, yeast infection cause itching or burning feeling of the penis, as well as appearance of red rashes. 4. Invasive Yeast Infection  If the infection get through the bloodstream, this may cause its spread to the other parts of the body.  The symptoms associated with invasive yeast infection are vague and depends on which parts are affected. Most common symptoms are chills and fever that remain persistent even when given antibiotics.
  6. 6.     Candida is actually normally present on the human body, particularly on the skin. Its number is limited by the immune system , competition with other microorganisms in the body, as well as skin dryness since yeasts require moisture to grow and multiply. In women, yeast infections are commonly caused by use of feminine wash, douching, hormonal or physiological imbalances. Use of oral contraceptives and pregnancy increases the risk of having candidiasis. Diet which is rich in carbohydrates is also linked to having oral candidiasis. Undergoing antibiotic therapy, hormone replacement therapy. Infertility treatments, and having diabetes mellitus, also predisposes the condition.
  7. 7.    Wearing of wet swimsuits for a long period of time may also contribute to occurrence of yeast infection. Significant risk factors related to yeast infection are compromised immune system and metabolic diseases. These include the conditions such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, mononucleiosis, and nutrient deficiency. Undergoing cancer treatments as well as steroid therapy are also risk factors. In male, penile candidiasis is also believed to be from direct contact through sexual intercourse with a partner who has the condition as well as weakened immunity.
  8. 8.    Probiotics are a well-known alternative treatment for yeast infections. These contain live microorganisms which can be normally found present in the digestive tract and vagina. Also known as the “friendly bacteria”, these inhibit the growth of the harmful bacteria in the body just like Candida. One of the probiotic strains that are most widely studied for yeast infection is Lactobacillus. This involves Lactobacillus species such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR1, and Lactobacillus fermentum RC-14. There have been some studies which have shown that Lactobacillus can used in reducing or blocking the growth of Candida in the body.
  9. 9.      Include probiotic supplements to daily regimen. Choose the best probiotic that you can find. Incorporate food sources of probiotcs in the diet. Choose foods rich in beneficial bacteria such as yogurt, kefir, kombuchi, sauerkraut, buttermilk, cheese , and soymilk. Eat probiotic foods. Prebiotics are the nourishment needed by probiotics to help them survive and reach the intestines. Examples of prebiotic foods are garlic, legumes, wheat, honey, barley, and bananas. Taking probiotics in the powder form diluted to water may also be helpful in oral yeast infection. In vaginal yeast infections, application of probiotic capsule into the vagina may also clear up the infection.
  10. 10.      Include probiotic supplements to daily regimen. Choose the best probiotic that you can find. Incorporate food sources of probiotcs in the diet. Choose foods rich in beneficial bacteria such as yogurt, kefir, kombuchi, sauerkraut, buttermilk, che ese, and soymilk. Eat probiotic foods. Prebiotics are the nourishment needed by probiotics to help them survive and reach the intestines. Examples of prebiotic foods are garlic, legumes, wheat, honey, barley, and bananas. Taking probiotics in the powder form diluted to water may also be helpful in oral yeast infection. In vaginal yeast infections, application of probiotic capsule into the vagina may also clear up the infection.
  11. 11.  Yeast infections usually causes minimal problems. However, these may also cause lifethreatening conditions especially when it may potentially spread through the body via the bloodstream. Probiotics do their work in bringing back the body to its normal state by controlling growth of microorganisms such as yeasts (Candida). Prevention is important just as treatment. In order to prevent yeast infections, incorporation of probiotics in the daily diet may be very beneficial.

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