Yeast Infection, The Silent Epidemic

Many experts have estimated that yeast infection and other fungi are present in up to 85% of the population and go largely undiagnosed, especially in men and children. These yeast infections are mostly intestinal but can cause other diseases and not many doctors will consider yeast as a cause. Women with chronic vaginal yeast are often told that "some women just have more yeast than others, there is nothing we can do".

Vaginal yeast in American women alone prompts them to spend over a billion dollars a year on over the counter creams and prescription medications. Many times these medications only provide a temporary solution and after a few weeks the infection returns. Eventually the yeast becomes resistant to these prescription medications and they do nothing at all.

The return of vaginal yeast can be caused by the fact that the woman also has intestinal yeast and is simply re-infecting herself, because of the close proximity of the anus to the vagina. If you have anal itching this is your clue that this is what is more than likely happening. However, anal itching can be a symptom of parasite infestation.

In other cases her partner can have skin yeast on his penis and is infecting her during intercourse. Now they say that yeast cannot be transferred by sex, but if that is true, why do some men tell me that every time they have sex with a woman, she gets a yeast infection?

In the case of hyphael producing yeast’s, vaginal yeast infections will produce a white cottage cheesy discharge along with itching and quite often burning. Non hyphael producing yeasts will not produce a cottage cheesy discharge but will itch and sometimes burn. Neither one of these infections smells so if it does smell, it is bacterial vaginosis or both. If allowed to go on long enough, the tissues can become raw and inflamed.

If these women's infections become chronic and won't go away no matter how many or what kinds of prescription drugs you take, you have to address the cause of the infection before you can get rid of it.

Men usually suffer from intestinal yeast and in many cases yeast infections on the skin of the penis. This is a much larger problem in uncircumcised males because the foreskin covers the glans and does not allow it to dry out. Yeast needs heat and moisture to grow and this is a very good environment for it to do so.

If you want to see what a vaginal yeast infection or penile yeast looks like, click here and scroll down to almost the bottom.

Children’s yeast is no different from men and women's yeast infections. Little girls will get vaginal infections sometimes as a result of taking antibiotics. Little boys tend to exhibit more intestinal problems but can get skin yeast also. Babies can get oral infections known as thrush if the nursing mother has breast yeast. Treatment is more or less the same but you do have to watch what you give them because some herbs are not suitable for children.

Both men and women can suffer from digestive problems from intestinal infections such as bloating, indigestion, constipation, loose stools and diarrhea. However, many of these symptoms can be caused by bad bacterial over growth, especially loose stools and diarrhea, in the intestine and not yeast. I have seen both occur on many stool test results as well.

Systemic intestinal infections have been known to cause irritable bowel syndrome, crohns disease, gout, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. But IBS and Crohns can also be caused by the foods you eat, mainly gluten containing grains and especially wheat.

Skin yeast infections include tinea, ringworm, athlete’s foot, jock itch, dandruff, unexplained rashes and skin yeast from yeast itself. Anywhere there is moisture and heat yeast can grow on the skin. Major skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis and unexplained skin rashes appear to be a result of a toxic colon caused by the 79 toxins that intestinal yeast releases into the body. The body's detoxification system becomes over whelmed and the skin tries to dump the poisons out the pores and these unexplained skin conditions are the result. There are a few skin yeast pictures here if you care to look.

Oral yeast infections can cause a white-coated tongue or lesions on the tongue and sides of the mouth. Scrapping these spots off will leave an open sore that quite often bleeds. Sometimes the infection is also in the intestine and both will have to be treated to recover completely. These infections don't typically smell unless bad bacteria have also over grown in the mouth. There are pictures of oral infections here.

Systemic yeast is considered to be a yeast infection in two or more places although most people consider a systemic infection to be yeast in the blood stream. Yeast in the blood is very rare but is on the rise in patients with life threatening illnesses such as cancer. If not caught early and treated with the right medications it usually results in death.

Different species of yeast respond to different medications. Diflucan is the most common prescription drug prescribed for yeast infections because it is fairly safe, but it does not work for every species of yeast. Candida glabrata for instance is so resistant to Diflucan that it is thought to be a genetic mutation to the drug. It also does not work well for intestinal yeast because it is so well absorbed into the blood stream.

You can get tested to find out what species of yeast that is infecting you if you choose to. Then once you know the species you can get the right drug to kill the yeast. Sometimes though, if the species of yeast you have is not the more common types, it is hard to determine what exactly it is. In these cases, the doctor would have to experiment with different prescription drugs to see what was effective. Many of these drugs are hard on the liver and kidneys so you should be monitored while taking them.

In most cases you are better off to treat the infection naturally. Everything I recommend on this website has been medically proven to either kill yeast or force it out. If I can't find a study proving the effectiveness of the particular product, I will not recommend it... ever!

I do have to be honest and admit that I don't know everything and am still learning about this illness. But after working with hundreds of people since 2003, I think I have a pretty good understanding of yeast infections. At least these people seem to think so.

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