In order to find out what causes yeast infection we must have a look at what exactly yeast is. Yeasts are unicellular fungi. There are some 1500 different species of yeast; some of them can be called multicellular as well because of their budding cells connected by a string. Yeast develops in moist and warm areas. Human skin has yeast in limited quantities, but moist areas like armpit, vagina, rectum etc are more vulnerable to yeast infection.
Yeast infection is caused by the imbalance in the no. of yeast. The infected area somehow starts developing more yeast than is required for healthy body. As the no. of bad bacteria exceeds the no. of good bacteria we start feeling the itchy sensation. It is followed by irritation and redness. As vagina provides a full fledged breeding ground for yeast to develop very fast, it is often considered to be a women’s disease. It is not true, even men can develop yeast infection.
- Anti biotic plays a major role in creating imbalance in the no. of yeast. Women tend to eat various kinds of antibiotics therefore they are more susceptible to yeast infection. Not only should you reduce the intake of excess anti biotic but also try to avoid them at all if possible.
- Warmth provides good environment for yeast infection. Vagina being a very warm place creates perfect condition for it to develop. Nylon and synthetic underwear just aggravate the situation.
- Perfumed soaps and detergents that are meant for good hygiene are known to cause imbalance of flora in vagina.Make sure that you do not use perfumed toiletries especially if you already have yeast infection.
- Too much douching is also known to cause yeast infection. Once in while it is okay but do not overdo it.
If somehow you develop yeast infection, go for natural ingredients based products rather than any over the counter cream. Natural supplements restore the ph balance in body while creams are good for curing symptoms.