Yeast is a micro organism, a fungus that scientists call by the name Candida. Fungi, the plural of fungus, are the micro organisms that cause several infections in the human body.
By micro organisms, I mean tiny living things that live and feed on their host and cause various types of sickness, though there are some micro organisms whose activities are beneficial to the human body.
There are several types of Candida (yeast) that we can not start to name here, but the one we are interested in discussing in this write up is the one that is called Candida albicans. Candida albicans are the fungus that causes virginities in a woman.
On a normal human skin, it is common to find yeast there, particularly in areas where moisture is present; areas like the mouth and vagina in women. This is confirmed by an estimate that says that about twenty to fifty percent (20 to 50%) of women who are in good health have yeast in their vaginal area. Our discussion here will be focused on yeast infection in the vagina area.
If having yeast is normal, when does it now become an infection?
There is no need explaining the fact that yeast is that which is responsible for yeast infection, right? But it becomes an infection when new yeast is introduced into the vagina area or when the quantity of yeast in a woman’ vagina got increased more than the normal quantity of bacteria in there.
At any time when the normal and protective bacteria in the vagina of a woman become eradicated by an antibiotic that she had used to treat another infection, like urinary tract infection, respiratory tract infection or any other such, the yeast in such a woman’s vagina can become multiplied and result in an infection.
Also, when immunosuppressive drugs are taken, yeast gets multiplied and they invade the tissues thereby causing irritation of the vagina lining.
Other Causes Of Yeast Infection
Yeast infection in the vagina can also be the aftermath of an injury affecting the inner vagina, for example after having chemotherapy.
Suppressed immune systems can also result in having yeast infection; women who take cortisone-related medications like prednisone are often victims of vaginal yeast infection and they are more prone to have vaginal yeast infection than other women who has normal immunity.
The use of perfumed vaginal hygiene sprays, pregnancy, taking of oral contraceptives, the use of vagina douches and ailments like diabetes mellitus are other factors that can bring about yeast infection in a woman’s vagina.
Can Yeast Infection Qualify as A Sexually-transmitted Disease?
Yeast infection in the vagina area is not normally classified as a sexually-transmitted infection, because it is an infection that can be found in women that are celibate.
On the contrary, a man that partakes in a sexual relationship with a woman that has yeast infection is at risk of having an infection that affects his genitals with symptoms of irritation on his penis.