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Can You Get A Yeast Infection From Inhalers?

Jul 18, 2008
Did you know that you can get a yeast infection from inhalers? In fact, the fungus responsible for the yeast infection is present almost anywhere in a healthy body and is in a delicate balance with bacteria.

Sometimes, after certain illnesses, such as a cold or after taking antibiotics, this balance may be affected. Other causes for a yeast infection to appear may be a hormonal or chemical imbalance that makes the yeast levels go crazy. Areas more prone to yeast infection are moist, warm areas such as the vagina, penile area, skin, mouth cavity and even inner organs, for instance the lungs.

The mouth and lungs may get contracted due to contact with inhalers. The abnormal colonies of yeast from an affected person's mouth can be transmitted to another person or simply retransmitted to the same person. In this article, we're going to tell you how this happens and what to do to avoid getting a yeast infection from inhalers either if you are a frequent user or not.

To see how you can get a yeast infection from inhalers you first need to know what mechanisms are to blame for a yeast infection. There is a delicate, normal balance between the yeast fungus and the bacteria present in our body. Usually, when bacteria attack our body we use antibiotics to fight it. But antibiotics kill the bacteria that caused the illness and the good bacteria already in our body. Thus, yeast grows uncontrollably and the infection appears. But it's not only antibiotics that kill the good bacteria that keep yeast fungus at bay, but also steroid medication can produce an imbalance in the healthy ratio of bacteria-yeast fungus. Steroids are commonly used for pulmonary disorders such as asthma. This type of medication is present in inhalers and they produce an anti-inflammatory effect on lungs thus relieving the pain when breathing.

But at the same time, the steroids are causing a chemical imbalance between the bacteria and the yeast fungus, which may lead to a yeast infection, either in the mouth cavity and gums or even in the lungs. The yeast infection in the mouth cavity is also known as thrust.

To avoid a yeast infection from inhalers you should always wash your mouth with clean, warm water after using the inhaler as well as rinsing the inhaler's mouthpiece, too, in order to remove any trace of steroids that may affect the normal bacteria level in your mouth.
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