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Find Out the REAL Causes of Yeast Infection

May 26, 2008
The cause of yeast infection or Candiasis as it is know, is one of the Candida species. There are over 100 naturally occurring species, but only a quarter of them are considered recognized causes of yeast infection in humans. The most prolific one is Candida albicans, followed by Candida glabrata, Candida krusei, Candida tropicalis, and Candida parapsilosis.

For healthy individuals, the intestines are protected from the multiplication of Candida by the beneficial gastrointestinal bacterial flora. Candida is usually kept in check when the natural equilibrium between Candida and the gastrointestinal bacterial flora is maintained. Strangely enough, the main cause of yeast infection is not simply yeast organisms, although these are usually present in small amounts in most areas of the body. When this usual balance is upset, Candida species can reproduce rapidly and provoke multiple symptoms of yeast infection.

Several internal considerations, several external items and their interacting relationship create a candidiasis environment. Yeast infection, like many other health diseases that recur, is the product of multiple factors.

Candida overgrowth is favored by contributions from internal factors that provoke yeast multiplication, such as inherited traits (which we do not control) and lifestyle and psychological factors. Internal causes of yeast infection include: poor choices in diet (i. e. sugar rich products, white flour products, refined carbohydrates, caffeine, alcohol and other yeast fostering foods), fragile immune system and reduction in friendly probiotic bacteria.

Several more external factors and situations also lead to candida multiplication with infection. The yeast infection environment comes about because of these factors and associated co-factors internally.

The main external agents of vaginal yeast infection are: (1) douching or using female hygiene sprays to the intimate area; (2) the use of toilet paper that is colored or perfumed, deodorant sanitary towels, tampons or bubble bath; (3) wiping "the wrong way" after using the toilet from rectum to vagina, which spurs the spreading of bacteria; (4) wearing tight garments or clothes manufactured from synthetic fibers.

The main external agents of oral yeast infection (thrush) are: (1) wearing orthodontic appliances or dentures with a poor fit; (2) treatment by badly disinfected medical equipment catering for multiuse; (3) introducing dirty objects into one's mouth (especially for babies).

The main external agents of baby yeast infection (diaper rash) are: (1) lipid-eliminating soaps that increase the permeability of the skin, putting it more at risk for diaper dermatitis; (2) folds in the skin from obesity, with added moisture and friction due to insufficient air circulation; (3) skin in excessive contact with urine and feces because of diapers are kept on for too long; (4) allergy reactions coming from the dye in training pants and disposable diapers, as well as the effects of wipes, lotions and creams, etc.

The external vectors of candida balanitis ar: (1) intimate relations with a partner already subject to a yeast infection; (2) using glycerin based lubricants or colored or perfumed soaps; (3) not observing basic male personal hygiene.

The external agents of paronychia (nail bed infections) are: (1) use of clothing and shoes that restrict the circulation of air; (2) soaking hands in water for a long time. In this case, the nail plate can be lifted up off the nail bed, allowing bacteria and yeasts to easily invade and multiply in the space under the nail.

Although the external agents of yeast infection are well documented, the fundamental contributing factors are less so. With medicine in developed countries focused on dealing with the manifestation of candida in the parts that are infected, conventional yeast infection treatments are for the short term. The alternative is holistic medicine which looks at the body as a whole and aims to establish an internal balance, reinforcing the immune system and improving mental stability. The holistic program, based on specific supplements of herbs and vitamins, follows a full group of dietary principles and protocols to control Candida and thus addresses the internal as well as the external contributing aspects, to eliminate the basic causes of yeast infection, the multitude of handicapping symptoms and its recurrence.
About the Author
Linda Allen is a health consultant and author of the #1 best-selling e-book Yeast Infection No More . To Learn More About Linda Allen's Unique Holistic Yeast Infection Cure System Visit: Vaginal Yeast Infection
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