What is the Cause of Yeast Infection (Candidiasis)?

cause of yeast infection - candidiasisIt's good to know the cause of yeast infection since you may be able to prevent it from reoccurring. If you have ever had a yeast infection (also known as candidiasis), you know you don't want it to come back.

If you know what is causing your yeast infection, you may be able to nip it in the bud and avoid having to fight it for a prolonged period.

There are some common yeast infection causes - some of which may surprise you.

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Common Yeast Infection Causes

  • Antibiotics - You are taking antibiotics for some other illness, and what happens? It can cause candidiasis. The antibiotics can alter the balance in your body. While the antibiotics you are taking are doing their job and getting rid of the bad bacteria in your body, they can also rid your system of some good bacteria.

This good bacteria was keeping the fungus that causes candidiasis at bay but with a decreased amount of good bacteria to fight it, the fungus can now multiply and grow, causing a yeast infection (for more information see our explanation of what is a yeast infection).

  • Weakened Immune System - When you have a weakened immune system the body may not be able to successfully ward off infections. In this case, the fungus that causes a yeast infection can multiply. People with HIV/Aids are especially susceptible to having yeast infections since it affects the immune system.

A weakened immune system can also result from common everyday factors such as sickness, stress, lack of sleep, etc. Just one more reason to take care of yourself.

  • Oral Contraceptives/Hormones - Birth control pills can be a cause of yeast infection as it causes the hormone level in the body to fluctuate. Similarly, a women can be more prone to a yeast infection around the time of their period due to changing hormone levels.
  • Pregnancy - Similar to oral contraceptives, pregnant women often experience yeast infections as their hormone levels change. During pregnancy there is more sugar in the vagina which the yeast can feed off of, causing the fungus to multiply.
  • Diabetes - Since people with diabetes have higher amounts of glucose (sugar) in their blood, it provides a ripe environment for the yeast cells to multiply and lead to candidiasis. A yeast infection in a person with diabetes can be a warning sign that their diabetes is not under control - a doctor should be consulted.
  • Feminine Products - Douches, hygiene sprays, bubble bath, toilet paper that has perfume, colored toilet paper and scented tampons or pads have also been labeled as a cause of yeast infection.
  • Clothing - Tight, non-breathable clothing has sometimes been cited as a cause of yeast infection. This is due to the fact that this type of clothing will give the fungus a dark, moist place to grow. Breathable fabrics that are washed frequently is your best bet if you suffer from candidiasis.

These are the most commonly cited answer to what causes a yeast infection. Hopefully this information will help you ward off any cause of yeast infection.

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