Why An Untreated Yeast Infection Can Be Dangerous

Treating a Yeast Infection

A yeast infection left untreated can cause a few problems with one’s health.  Some researchers and caregivers believe that a yeast infection will go away on its own without treatment; however, if a yeast infection is left untreated, the symptoms will get drastically worse.  It is important to keep in mind that every human body is different, so if you have an already weakened immune system or are prone to other infections, an untreated yeast infection can exacerbate illnesses.  The itching can become unbearable and people have actually cut themselves by scratching the area too much, causing more pain, burning, and even scarring.

Other problems that could arise from not treating a yeast infection include major impairment of your immune system, headaches, mood swings, oral thrush, gastrointestinal problems, and fatigue.  Yeast infection symptoms can often resemble early signs of more serious bacterial infections, so if home treatment does not alleviate yeast symptoms, it’s important to seek medical help immediately.

Symptoms of Yeast Infection

These symptoms can be present in both men and women:

  • Thick, white liquid discharge from the genital area that can be foul smelling
  • Itching, soreness, and redness in the area
  • White spots or lesions in the genital area
  • Painful or uncomfortable intercourse.

Treatments for Yeast Infection

You will want to treat the yeast infection right at the onset of symptoms.  There are some easy ways to treat a yeast infection at home, and even to prevent them in order to avoid these potential issues.  Home treatments include over-the-counter antifungal creams such as Monistat.  Men can use this as well, but men should add a drop or two of white vinegar to each application.  Try bathing in warm water up to the hips with about 2 cups of apple cider vinegar.  Women can dip a clean tampon in probiotic plain yogurt and insert into the vagina for about an hour.  For both sexes, abstaining from intercourse during the infection is important so as not to pass the infection back and forth.

Prevention of Yeast Infections

It is safe to assume that prevention is the best way to treat any condition.  Yeast infections can be incredibly uncomfortable and embarrassing to deal with.  Yeast is a fungus that thrives in moist, warm environments, so be sure to keep yourself dry and frequently aired out.  That means going without underwear for some portion of the day such as overnight, for example.

Drink more water and eat more probiotic yogurts and leafy green vegetables.  These simple changes in diet will go a long way in keeping your system clean of fungus and toxins.  The body is supposed to carry good bacteria, such as those found in probiotics, but infections occur when their bacteria growth gets out of control, so be sure not to “feed” the fungus and bacteria with high-sugar and processed foods.

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