What is a “Yeast Infection”?

Yeast – it sounds like something having to do with baked goods, right? But thanks to TV and advertising in magazines, almost everyone has heard that women can get yeast infections and that these infections have unpleasant symptoms.  The assumption is often made that ONLY women can get yeast infections. While these infections are more common in women, men can most certainly get them too. A yeast male infection can even sometimes be transmitted from a woman who has a yeast infection.

Who Gets Yeast Infections?

Anyone and everyone can get a yeast infection. For the most part, skin keeps Candida yeast from causing a problem. But where the skin has broken down for any reason, Candida can take hold and cause infection. People who have poor immune systems and diabetics are more likely to get yeast infections than healthy people.  And antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria, even the bacteria that keep yeast from flourishing in our bodies.

The infection we hear about the most, the vaginal yeast infection, is often called vaginal Candidiasis. But both men and women can get yeast infections in skin folds such as under breasts, underarms, or on the abdomen. Another kind of common yeast infection is in fingernails and toenails.  Everyone knows about babies’ predisposition to diaper rash. Men, if uncircumcised, can get infections under the foreskin of the penis, and any man can get it on the tip of his penis.

Candida Yeast – We’ve all Got it

Everyone has Candida yeast, a fungus, in their bodies. Yeast does not discriminate according to age or sex – everyone has it. Candida is normally found on all parts of the human body and is nothing to worry about. Occasionally, when conditions are just right, the Candida Fungus can thrive and become a problem in warm, dark, moist parts of the body.