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Can You Die From A Yeast Infection
Wrong place ; time: An infection in the wrong place in an individual not able to w/stand the illness will cause death. Topical yeast infections rarely cause death. Yeast blood stream infections, especially in someone w/a weakened immune system, can be deadly. >30% of blood stream infections w/yeast result in death. Endemic moulds (histoplasma, cryptococcus blastomycosis, coccidiodomycosis) can be serious as well.
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Unlikely.: It's unlikely if you are healthy. However, some immune system severely compromised persons might run into trouble.
I'm scared to death that I'll have a vaginal yeast infection forever one day due to a resistant yeast. Should I be worried?
Symptoms include..: Vaginal itching and a cottage cheese-like discharge could be signs of a vaginal yeast infection. You can try using over the counter yeast infection medication if you have these symptoms. Pain is not typically a symptom of a yeast infection, and should be evaluated by a doctor since it could mean a different diagnosis.See 2 more doctor answers
Yeast infection: If it’s your 1st possible yeast infection or you aren’t sure if it’s yeast – see your dr. Some tx options include vaginal cream, ointment or suppository for sev. Days (7 to 14 days sometimes). Otc meds include Monistat (miconzole), vagistat-1 (tioconazole), femstat (buoconazole), Gyne-Lotrimin or mycelex (clotrimazole). Otc meds don’t work? See your dr. S/he may order Diflucan (fluconazole) (oral antifungal).
Fungus: Yeasts are microscopic organisms that are a type of fungus. Abnormal overgrowth of these fungi happen in a "yeast infection". This can be triggered by changes in ph (acidity) of the environment / anatomic location or by other factors such as taking antibiotics (which cause altered flora). Decreased immune system function may also be related to yeast infections. Hope that this helps.
More than natural: Having more yeast than there naturally should be in a particular part of the body... is what causes a yeast infection. Yeast and fungi are part of our lives on Earth. They are always with us, but when they end up in places or in numbers that are not natural, we call it an infection. Sometimes we call it an overgrowth, if the location is normal but the yeast numbers are too high.
Medication: You can get a yeast infection in many places in the body such as your scalp, toenails, skin, vagina, etc. Each has a different treatment. Assuming you have a vaginal yeast infection, there are very effective over-the-counter medications you can get at a pharmacy such as Monostat. Or you can see a doctor and get a prescription pill or cream. A short treatment will usually get rid of it.
Yeast infection: A yeast infection results from an overgrowth of yeast anywhere in the body. The growth of yeast is normally limited by our immune system and normal body bacteria. If there is a compromise in our immune system or when taking medications such as antibiotics or steroids, yeast can become so numerous that they cause infections, particularly in warm and moist areas of our body.
Many factors:: Warmth and moisture content of the skin surface. Remember, we all have "yeast" on our skin. A yeast infection represents an overgrowth of certain yeast species because of the above factors. But others include anti-microbial drugs, diabetes, weakened immune system. If prone to yeast infections, wear undergarments made of cotton, rather than artificial fibers, since cotton can be bleached!
Easy: We are all colonized with yeast, usually candida albicans. If your immunity is profoundly reduced, or if the acidity and other factors in the vaginal barrel are right you may get it. Babies frequently get thrush which is yeast infection in the mouth, and people may get secondary yeast infections after treatment with antibiotics reduces the bacteria which previously inhibited the yeast growth.See 1 more doctor answer
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