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Yeast Infections – What Women and Men Need to Know

Provided by Microsoft
Provided by Microsoft

Yeast infections are fairly common.  They are defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a type of vaginitis — inflammation of the vagina — characterized by vaginal irritation, intense itchiness and vaginal discharge. A vaginal yeast infection affects your vagina and the tissues at the opening to your vagina (vulva).”  Scientists say that during our lifetime as women we may have a least one.  For some, however, the occurrence is more often.  This may be due to the listed reasons below.

You may experience an increase in yeast infections if:

You are on a high dose of estrogen birth control pills
You are taking an estrogen hormone therapy
You are taking a long course of antibiotics
You are diabetic
Or you have an impaired immune system

Hold on guys, you are not excluded.  Men can get yeast infections just like women do and for some of the same reasons as stated above such as taking a long course of antibiotics, diabetes, or having an impaired immune system.  And yes, you can get a yeast infection from your female significant other if she currently has one and you are having unprotected sex.  Please note, however, that a yeast infection is not considered a sexually transmitted disease.

So how do you treat a yeast infection?  First of all, a visit to the doctor is best to make sure that what you have is a yeast infection.  Then, your doctor will suggest an antifungal cream – most times this kind of over-the-counter medicine will suffice.  We women can just follow the directions on the package, but for men, it’s a little different for obvious reasons.  Guys, simply apply the medication directly to the affected skin – yeast infections in men usually manifest itself as a rash with itching and/or burning at the tip of the penis – for twice a day for a full week.  If this doesn’t clear it up, see you’re doctor again.

Best in health!




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