Yeast Infections and Obesity

Hormone changes are one of the major causes of yeast infections, and extra fat cells can change our hormone balance.

This is why so many overweight women suffer from chronic vaginal yeast infections.

Obesity can cause insulin resistance, which means that the body needs to produce more and more of this hormone to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. The hormone changes caused by obesity is a significant risk factor for the development of adult onset diabetes, and that’s why chronic yeast infections are often one of the first signs of diabetes. (more…)

Vaginal Yeast Infections Caused by Cuts and Scrapes

Small cuts or scrapes in the vagina or vulva can allow yeast to invade.

Tampons, especially the type with extremely high absorbency, can sometimes cause microscopic cuts. Women who get frequent yeast infections may want to use unscented pads for a while to see if it helps.

Sex and the use of sex toys without enough lubrication can also cause tiny abrasions of the vaginal wall. These small injuries can lead to yeast infections. (more…)

Yeast Infections Caused by Sharing Dirty Needles

The sharing of dirty needles by drug users can inject yeast into the bloodstream or muscles, right along with HIV viruses and hepatitis germs.

For a whole lot of reasons, sharing needles is not a good idea. This is especially true if the person using dirty needles is already immune compromised. Although yeast infections are not usually dangerous for most people, they can be deadly for people with AIDS or other illnesses that reduce the body’s ability to fight off infection. (more…)

Sugar and White Flour Can Cause Yeast Infections

Both oral and vaginal yeast infections are more common in people who eat a lot of refined sugar and other simple carbohydrates.

Eating lots of sugar and white flour (in bread, cakes, cookies and pasta) can upset the balance between good bacteria and Candida yeast, and this can allow the yeast population to grow out of control. It can also lead to insulin resistance and a pre-diabetic condition, and these hormone changes can also lead to yeast infections. (more…)

Steroids and Yeast Infections

Steroids that are used to combat illnesses such as asthma, arthritis and lupus have been known to bring on a yeast infection, because these medications lower your immune response.

Steroid medications are included in one of the four primary causes of yeast infections, because the immune system is so important in preventing infections. If you must take steroids for a medical condition, ask your doctor for advice about preventing candida yeast infections. (more…)

Some Personal Products Can Cause Yeast Infections

Some personal products contain irritating chemicals that can cause damage to delicate skin, and allow a yeast infection to take hold.

Some women have found that scented or colored toilet papers can damage the delicate membranes in the genital area or cause irritation, which then gives yeast a chance to invade. The same is true of scented laundry detergents and fabric softeners. Feminine deodorant sprays that contain scents or chemicals that cause irritation should also be avoided. Some personal products may also change the pH level in the genital level, triggering a yeast infection. (more…)

Sitting All Day and Moist Conditions Can Cause Yeast Infections

Sitting for long periods of time, especially if you are confined to a wheelchair, can create a nice environment for a vaginal yeast infection or male yeast infections.

Sitting all day can also cause a Candida skin rash in the warm, moist environment inside your clothing.

If you aren’t able to get up and move around, you’ll want to be especially careful to wear only cotton underwear that is changed often, even several times a day. (more…)