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Doctor insights on: Yeast Infection Spread

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Dr. William Singer
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Infection (Definition)

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


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Can a yeast infection spread throughout your body? If so what are the symptoms?

Yeast: There are some individuals who may get systemic candidiasis, but most commonly they are profoundly immunosuppressed or have been receiving antibiotics for other serious infections, and so on. You do not say why you suspect this, but if you have symptoms of fever, chills, malaise, etc., see a doctor and get evaluated. ...Read more

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Can a yeast infection spread outside the vagina to the inner thighs?

Yes: In the groin (more common in males) it is called jock itch. Yeast can become a dermatitis (skin related) and be red with even little red dots outside that are called satellite lesions. It is not that common in females but can happen. If lotrimin, tinactin, (tolnaftate) micatin help then it is definitely yeast. ...Read more

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Can vaginal yeast infection spread to anus?

Can vaginal yeast infection spread to anus?

YES IT CAN: Yes it is possible as yeast can spread anywhere it is moist and dark including anus, but not that common. ...Read more

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Does vaginal yeast infection spread through clothes/towels or other utensils? Will it spread to any other part of the body by direct/indirect contact?

Does vaginal yeast infection spread through clothes/towels or other utensils? Will it spread to any other part of the body by direct/indirect contact?

No: Vaginal yeast is usually candida, which is already everywhere (we all have candida on our bodies). The problem is one of overgrowth of candida in the vagina. A very small amount of candida is ok. ...Read more

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How are yeast infections spread through oral sex?

How are yeast infections spread through oral sex?

yeasts: I don't think that yeast infections are spread by oral sex. Yeasts are everywhere in the environment around us. A yeast infection of the female reproductive tract normally occurs when the normal flora balance is disturbed, usually after a round of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can vaginal yeast infections spread to the anus easily?

Can vaginal yeast infections spread to the anus easily?

Yes,if conditions rt: The yeast that causes the vaginal yeast infection is also normally in the stool. The close proximity of the areas allows cross contamination of the site & a possibility of a diaper rash like change around the anus. This is not likely to occur if the skin of the anus is healthy & dry but increases if raw & wet.Inflammation from scratching or bacterial infections can also lead to yeast overgrowth. ...Read more

Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable ...Read more


Candida (Definition)

Is a type of fungus which normally lives in small amounts on mucus membranes. An overgrowth of candida in the mouth produces a condition called 'thrush'. This is often triggered ...Read more