So much information about yeast infection is available online that quite often we tend to forget the difference between yeast infection myths and truth. Though most of the information we get online are true there are a few myths about yeast infection that need to be dispelled.
Only women can have yeast infection: False; yeast infection is common in women because of several factors like hormones and presence of yeast in vaginal area. Still it is not true that only women can have yeast infection. We also have male yeast infection. Symptoms of male yeast infection are also just like that of vaginal yeast infection. Yes, the incidence of male yeast infection is much lower than vaginal yeast infection.
By symptoms you can judge if it is yeast infection: false; not at all, in fact more than 50% of vaginal infections are not yeast infection though symptoms are somewhat similar. What actually aggravates the problem is self medication. We start treating yeast infection while there is none. It gives rise to more serious complications. Yeast infection is usually painless. If you feel pains take medical guidance and do not start self medication.
Eating food that contains yeast will cause yeast infection: false; yeast infection is caused due to sudden growth in no. of bad bacteria. It does not mean that we do not need good bacteria. Probiotics food contains a lot of yeast. It is because of this reason probiotics food have become so popular. In absence of good bacteria the whole flora of the affected area will be disrupted. That is exactly what happens when we take too much antibiotics. They kill good bacteria also along with the bad bacteria.
Moreover it is a common belief that yeast infection will heal by itself. It is not possible at all. It usually happens because unknowingly you eat some food that contains probiotics that heals yeast infection. Under normal circumstances medication is required and must be taken.