Yeast infections are a common medical problem for many women. The statistics say that about 75 percent, or three out of every four women, will develop a yeast infection at some point during their life. Pregnant women and women who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, are more likely to contract it than others. Gestational diabetes, which can occur during a woman’s pregnancy, can increase the risk of contracting a yeast infection.
Though very common and easily treated in most cases, a chronic case of yeast infections can cause significant problems for a woman, including the possibility of high fevers. This usually occurs when Candida invades the major organs of the body. Rarely are Candida infections fatal, but if not properly treated they can require treatment by an infectious disease specialist or other medical professional.
Many times the problem is with the attitude of the infected person. It is a mistake to believe that the infection will take care of itself or requires only minimal care. What the woman may not know is that they can have a genetic predisposition to yeast infections, leading to a series of connected problems that do not seem to have any relation to the Candida. Yet like any other infection, the symptoms must be properly diagnosed and treated.
The other side of the coin is that because Candida can also be sexually transmitted, men who are left untreated can cause the infection to continually recur. Because there are not many cases where the symptoms of a yeast infection are present in men, they either ignore the problem thinking it is “a woman’s problem” or lack the knowledge to understand the effects it has on their partner. This is one of those situations where education is essential to deal with the source of the problem.
Ignoring the dangers of underestimating Candida can range from unnecessary doctor visits to a life threatening condition in certain groups of women. Your body is designed to function in a specific way, and one of those functions is to have a number of bacteria that work with the rest of your body to promote digestion and other basic bodily functions. When an imbalance is created, your body will not function normally and that is the time to address the problem immediately.