For most people, when they get a yeast infection, they just want to get rid of it, but knowledge is power. In addition to simply treating the condition then, it’s a good idea to learn as much about it as you can, in order to be better able to not only recognize it when you see it, but to understand how and why the various treatments work. To that end, let’s see what makes Candida tick.
Candidiasis is the infection caused by the Candida fungus itself. You may be surprised to know it, but there are actually more than twenty different yeast species that make up the Candida family. The most common of these is called Candida albicans. These yeasts generally live on the skin and in the soft, mucous membranes of human tissue, and most of the time, they do not cause any problems whatsoever. That is to say, you normally won’t see any symptoms of a yeast infection at all, even with the yeast present. It only becomes a problem when conditions are right for the yeast to multiply, causing an overgrowth. It is this overgrowth then, that leads to what we understand as a yeast infection.
Types Of Candida Infections
Because Candida yeast can live in a variety of places on your body (anywhere on your skin, and in any mucous membrane), yeast infections can occur in a variety of places. The two most common are, of course, are oral and vaginal. An oral yeast infection is known as Oropharyngeal or Esophageal Candidiasis (also called “Thrush”) while vaginal infections are called Genital/Vulvovaginal Candidiasis. Less common is Invasive Candidiasis. This is a particularly severe form of the condition that involves the Candida yeast invading the blood supply of the body. This type of infection is more threatening and potentially harmful to you, but can still be treated and ultimately cured.
In cases of oral or genital infection, home remedies may be applied to treat the infection. In cases where the infection hits your bloodstream, however, proper medical treatment is a must! The more you know about Candida, the better able you are to combat it, should you find yourself with an infection.