Yeast is a fungus. Fungus thrives and lives in moist, damn and warm areas like the mouth and vagina. We have yeast living on our body in small numbers. When this number outgrows, it causes infection. It causes rashes and irritation. Other places susceptible to yeast infection are the underarms and in between of toes.
Mouth infection can affect adults and babies. It is common in people who suffer from asthma. An asthmatic patient should rinse his or her mouth after using the inhaler. This condition cause white patchy sores on the mouth area. Pregnant and diabetic patients are also vulnerable.
Vaginal infection is the yeast infection in the vagina. The fungus is called 'Candida'. Low immunity or suppressed immunity can result in the multiplication of the fungus. The growth could be due to some medication which kills the good bacteria. The good bacteria present in out body keep a tab on the fungus present.
If the good bacteria are killed, there is no check, resulting in increase of the Candida. Other people prone to this are pregnant women, women taking oral contraceptives, women using sprays in and around the vaginal area and after menopause. Some antibiotics can cause this condition. Stress is also considered as a contributing factor.
In some people this may be due to a reaction to certain kinds of soaps, gels, perfumes or detergents used. Tight clothing, nylon clothing or scented sanitary products can also cause the infection. Tight and warm materials trap the heat and boost the increase of yeast.
The symptoms are burning sensation, itchiness, soreness, painful urination, painful intercourse and vaginal discharge. If this is recurrent, one needs to go through a treatment. There are many medicines available to treat this condition. Anti fungal ointments and creams are also available for topical applications.
There are some home remedies which can be followed to avoid and diminish the growth of yeast. These home remedies do not have harmful side effects. The home remedies are given here.
Curd: Curd is very effective. It is known to have the friendly bacteria. Include curd in your diet regularly or apply curd.
Buttermilk: Buttermilk too is very beneficial. Drink a glass of buttermilk every day reduces the chances of acquiring yeast infection.
Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil can be diluted and applied topically. It is important to dilute the oil before use.
Garlic: Garlic has anti-fungal properties and gives relief from yeast infection. Include garlic in your daily diet or put a clove of garlic on affected area.
Vinegar: Take a cup of vinegar and mix with your bath water. Soak yourself in this to get soothing effects. It is important to dilute because vagina is a sensitive area. Concentrated products can sting and harm it further.
Probiotics have live microbial organisms which are friendly and check the increase of fungus. One should avoid sugar and keep the blood sugar count in control. Use perfume free products and avoid harsh soaps and practice good hygiene. Wear light cotton undergarments and avoid tight clothing and nylon material. Try to stay stress free, relaxed and calm. Exercise to stay healthy and eat a well balanced diet.
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