Yeast infections can be bad enough as they are, but when you’ve got to deal with chronic yeast infections, that makes things even worse. What causes them? What makes chronic yeast infections different from your normal one-hit-wonder? And what can you do about it?
What Causes Them?
In most cases chronic yeast infections are caused when a person has a weakened immune system for one reason or another. This is the cause of any yeast infection, even the “normal” ones.
What usually makes things different is that, either the infection is never fully cured or you are re-exposed to Candida Albicans (the yeast infection fungus).
When many people start to see improvement in their yeast infection, they may stop whatever treatment they are using before the infection is entirely under control. In most cases, it is a good idea to continue treating the infection for several days after the symptoms are gone.
Also, it is possible that you may cure yourself of the infection only to have it return due to re-exposure to the fungus. It is not uncommon for romantic partners to re-infect each other through sexual activity, even if one partner does not show symptoms of an infection. Also other things such as poor diet can lead to chronic yeast infections.
What Can You Do About Them?
No matter exactly what the circumstances are behind your chronic yeast infections, the underlying cause is that your body’s natural defenses are not fighting off the yeast infection.
Typically, our body has “good” bacteria on it that keep the naturally-occurring yeast fungus from causing an infection. This balance can be thrown off if something is inadvertently killing off these helper bacteria, such as the use of antibiotics or washing yourself too often.
The key to ending chronic yeast infections, then is to help replenish your body’s levels of these helpful bacteria.
One simple way to do this is to use yogurt. Yogurt contains “live bacteria cultures,” which are the bacteria that you need to control your yeast infection. You can eat more yogurt in your day-to-day diet, or you can even directly apply the yogurt to the affected area of your body.
However, if you are going to use yogurt to help eliminate a yeast infection, it is important that you use sugar-free yogurt. Yeast feeds on sugars and using yogurt that contains sugar may actually make you worse.
Chronic yeast infections can be quite troublesome to deal with, but the important thing to keep in mind is treating the underlying cause of the infection. It doesn’t matter how many anti-fungal creams you use, the yeast infection will continue to return as long as your body’s defenses are out of balance.
Bring back order to your immune system and it will naturally clear up the yeast infection and keep it in check for good.
If you want to discover a simple holistic treatment for chronic yeast infections, I strongly recommend you check out Ryan Shea’s How to Cure Candida. In this book, you’ll see how a long-time sufferer of yeast infections finally found a simple way to put them behind him forever and reclaim his health.