Yeast infections are not STIs. But it is possible to pass yeast infections to your partner during vaginal, oral, or anal sex. If your partner is a man, the risk of infection is low. About 15% of men get an itchy rash on the penis if they have unprotected sex with a woman who has a yeast infection .
Yeast infections are mainly caused by yeast -like fungus named Candida or Monilia. This fungus is a normal resident of your body. Usually, your body’s immunity keeps this fungus under control. It causes infection if you are sick or taking any antibiotics.
There are many kinds of yeasts . You use one type to make bread , another to brew beer. One called candida lives inside your body. If it grows out of control, you can get an infection .
White flour and other glutenous grains. Anything fermented with yeast , such as alcoholic drinks . Some dairy products, including whole milk.
Vaginal yeast infections aren’t considered a sexually transmitted infection , but they can develop after vaginal intercourse.
Vaginal Sex But sometimes sexual activity can lead to vaginitis. Your partner’s natural genital chemistry can change the balance of yeast and bacteria in your vagina. In rare cases, you can have an allergic reaction to your partner’s semen .
As a rule, showers are better than baths when you’re in the process of treating a yeast infection . If you do take a sitz bath with Epsom salt, apple cider vinegar, boric acid, or any other home remedy while you’re treating your yeast infection , don’t soak for more than 10 minutes at a time.
Yeast infections often cause thick, white, clumpy vaginal discharge that usually doesn’t smell (or only smells slightly different than normal). You might also have a creamy, whitish coating in and around your vagina. Most yeast infections lead to itching, burning, and/or redness in or around the vagina.
Complications of untreated yeast infections If left untreated , vaginal candidiasis will most likely get worse, causing itching, redness, and inflammation in the area surrounding your vagina. This may lead to a skin infection if the inflamed area becomes cracked, or if continual scratching creates open or raw areas.
Do not scratch. Relieve itching with a cold pack or a cool bath. Do not wash your vaginal area more than once a day. Use plain water or a mild, unscented soap.
Drink plenty of water : Drinking plenty of water ensures that your urine gets diluted, and that you urinate more frequently. This will help flush out the unwanted bacteria from the body.
The fungus candida albicans is responsible for most vaginal yeast infections . Your vagina naturally contains a balanced mix of yeast , including candida, and bacteria. Certain bacteria (lactobacillus) act to prevent an overgrowth of yeast .
Cranberry juice may help cure yeast infections . When consumed regularly, it’s said to prevent recurrent yeast infections . The high levels of vitamin C in cranberry juice may aid in upper respiratory infections . It may reduce the frequency and severity of these infections .
Here are 5 diet tips to fight Candida infections. Coconut oil . Candida yeasts are microscopic fungi found around the skin, mouth, or gut ( 2 ). Probiotics. Several factors may make some people more prone to Candida infections, including diabetes and a weakened or suppressed immune system. A low- sugar diet. Garlic. Curcumin .
Treatment Short-course vaginal therapy. Taking an antifungal medication for three to seven days will usually clear a yeast infection . Single-dose oral medication. Your doctor might prescribe a one-time, single oral dose of fluconazole (Diflucan).