Saturday, June 6, 2009

Yeast Infection Symptoms - Get to Know Your Body

By Emery Jordyn

It is important that we learn to observe our bodies in order to be able to tell when something is "off". Yeast infection symptoms may differ depending on where the infection is located. Yeast infections are very widespread, yet tend to be one of the most mis-diagnosed and difficult of health problems.

It's very normal for yeast or fungi organisms to exist on nearly every part of our body. The most common form of these organisms is Candida albicans. A yeast infection or Candidiasis arises when certain conditions are met that allow for an imbalance of the good and bad bacteria in our bodies which usually keeps this yeast "in check". A yeast overgrowth or yeast infection is the adverse result of this imbalance.

Yeast infections show up in many forms such as a vaginal yeast infection a baby's diaper rash or an oral yeast infection thrush.

Vaginal yeast infection symptoms very often consist of a discharge that is thick and has a cottage cheese texture-however not everyone experiences this symptom. There is usually itching, burning and irritation around the vaginal area and surrounding tissue. There may also be discomfort during sex and a burning sensation while urinating.

Yeast infection symptoms in children and adults may manifest as an oral yeast infection or thrush. Thrush symptoms include white, thick, curd-like patches that appear on or under the tongue and palate of the mouth with redness and irritation of surrounding tissue. These patches may look like they could be wiped away easily; however, if upon scraping or other attempt to remove them, bleeding occurs-you can be assured that you have thrush. Thrush can make it difficult to take foodor swallow normally-and severe thrush may lead to dehydration due to difficulty with swallowing food and liquids. Babies may also experience skin yeast infections that look like a diaper rash, but have a distinct jagged edge, as well as "satellite" patches of rash in other areas.

Individuals with weakened immune systems because of serious illness that may include cancer of AIDS may be more prone to yeast infection symptoms that affect internal organs and cause organ dysfunction and severe pain. AIDS patients may experience yeast infections of the esophagus (esophagitis) and upper gastrointestinal area. While such infections have similarities to thrush, they are more serious and usually extend down the throat, esophagus and stomach. Resulting ulcers may affect the throat, esophagus and gastrointestinal system causing painful and difficult swallowing.

While these are a few of the most common yeast infection symptoms, an ongoing or chronic yeast infection could end up causing a long list of long term symptoms including fatigue, brain fog, stress or anxiety, bloating, migraines, sugar cravings and irritability, among others.

If you've never had a yeast infection before, it is most always best to talk with your doctor to confirm the diagnosis prior to self treating. The presence of severe symptoms such as fever or pelvic pain may indicate a more serious problem.

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