There are many forms of a bacterial yeast infection but one of the most common forms of a candida infection effect up to 75% of the women in the United States. A yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis may be similar with their symptoms. However treatment of these two types of infections couldn't be more different.
A harmful bacterium named Gardnerella is usually the cause of bacterial vaginosis. Actually bacterial vaginosis used to be called Gardnerella vaginitis for that very reason.
Now a yeast infection is exactly what it sounds like an overgrowth of yeast. It is actually a fungal infection caused by candida. There are different types of candida infections, candida albicans is variety that causes problems for women.
An infection can occur when your natural flora gets disturbed for some reason. You see candida live naturally in your body and are usually kept in check by your immune system and "good" bacteria.
You might get new yeast introduced into your body in some way or you could be taking antibiotics. Antibiotics are probably the number one cause for getting either one of these infections. Even though antibiotics kill the "bad" bacteria in your body they accidentally kill the "good" bacteria as well, leaving you unable to fight off an infection.
A candida infection or yeast infection can be sexually transmitted between partners, I found that out with my husband the hard way. However bacterial vaginosis cannot be transmitted back and forth.
Men can have a mild yeast infection and pass it on to you if left untreated. It is not uncommon for men to experience little to no symptoms of a yeast infection and just be a carrier.
A vaginal white discharge is a symptom of a yeast infection in women. This discharge could be like crumbly blue cheese or cottage cheese anywhere from light to very thick.
You should experience soreness around the vagina with quite a lot of itchiness. Other symptoms may include painful urination and pain during intercourse.
Thrush, athlete’s foot, or skin candida infections if left untreated can escalate to more serious candida infections like digestive track, intestinal all the way to a systemic yeast infection. Candida can really cause you problems if you continue to ignore an infection.
A systemic yeast infection is where candida has entered the blood stream and can really play havoc on all of your major organs. Now a systemic candida infection is rare but it can happen if you continue to ignore the signs.
You could try an over the counter treatment from your local pharmacy but it will only cure the symptoms and will not address the root of the problem. The best way to permanently cure any candida infection is to kill all of the candida in the whole body. It’s the only way to be sure you won’t be dealing with another infection in the near future.