Statistically it is reported that at least 75% of the population will get a yeast infection at some time in their lives. That is all people, both men and women, as despite the misconception of a yeast infection being a vaginal and therefore female problem, it can happen anywhere and on anyone. The skin, the penis, the mouth, breasts, are all other places a yeast infection can occur.
The key point about yeast infections is that they are not something you pick up from somewhere or someone. They are caused by a fungus that already lives on you in small numbers. When a trigger leads to imbalance and the fungus, called Candida, can overgrow, a yeast infection happens. There are several species of candida that can cause yeast infections but the main one is candida albicans. The symptoms that are caused can vary, how severe the infection is can vary, even how it responds to treatment varies from person to person.
Causes too can change and range from soaps and products you use on your skin, antibiotics or steroids you may be taking, a diet to high in sugar, wearing clothing that makes you too sweaty, even living in a humid climate.
Symptoms of a yeast infection are similar to several other infections so it is important to get a doctor to diagnose you even if you wish to choose a natural treatment. They can be a combination of any of the following, cottage cheese like discharge, itching, pain during sex, inflammation, redness, soreness, burning, either no odor at all or a yeasty smell. It can be passed on to the man during sex so use a condom, or even better, wait until you have treated it.
Treatment could be from your doctor, over the counter or natural. Natural is increasingly popular because it is effective, affordable and free of side effects. Plus there is no problem of your yeast infection developing a resistance to treatment as can happen with medicated options. As well as treating yeast infection take time to identify and deal with the root cause too.