What Is The Difference Between A Yeast Infection And An STD
Good day, Eric Bakker, naturopath, authorof Candida Crusher with another frequently asked question. What is the difference between a yeast infectionand an STD? An STD is a sexually transmitted disease.Well, there are quite a few differences between both of these problems. An STD is generallya disease transmitted between two people through sexual contact: oral sex, anal sex, straightsex, whatever sex you want to call it. Sometimes in rare cases, STDs can be transferred throughneedle sharing, although in more rare situations. Yeast infections can be sexually transmitted.Don't ever doubt that. But everybody will
contain in their bodies, in the digestivesystem, females in the vaginal area they will have yeast to some degree. And it's when theseyeast get out of hand that you're going to get an infection. Particularly, when theyproliferate or if they're exacerbated through antibiotic use, which is a very common causeof yeast infections, is taking antibiotics. So there is a difference between a yeast infectionand an STD, but STDs are not yeast infections, generally, in terms of only being transmittedsexually, where sexually transmitted diseases are transmitted sexually like Chlamydia andGonorrhea and Syphilis. These diseases are transmitted through the sexual route.
You can read a lot more about the differenttypes of STDs in my book. In fact, I've drawn you a big diagram showing you all the differentsexually transmitted diseases, the discharge, the irritation, whether they itch, what odorsthey have, and I've compared those with a yeast infection to give you a good comparison. A very common thing that many women have isbacterial vaginosis, which they confuse for a yeast infection. So it's good for you toknow the difference between a yeast infection and Chlamydia, for example, or Gonorrhea becausethese diseases do resurface from time and time again.
Is there a difference? Yes, there is a differencebetween them both. But a yeast infection can be transmitted sexually, but is not a sexuallytransmitted disease per se. So I hope that answers your question. Thankyou.
What Are The Symptoms Of Severe Vaginal Yeast Infection
I've got a question here from somebody inAustralia, in Sydney, Australia. What are the symptoms of severe vaginal yeast infection? The symptoms of severe vaginal yeast infectioncan be sometimes mistaken for bacterial vaginosis. Symptoms generally include itching and sometimessevere itching. Itching can be bad and really uncomfortable. I've had some patients thatcan't work anymore because of the itching. Itching, redness, discharge is quite common.Discharge can be clear, a white finished discharge up to a thick, almost like cottage cheesewhite discharge, but the two characteristic symptoms would be itching and discharge.
BV or bacterial vaginosis is that fishy odoror the foulsmelling vaginal area. Generally, there's not a really bad foul smell with avaginal yeast infection. It can be a musky sort of odor, but not generally a really fishystrong sort of smell. We get that more with bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis willalso have more of a whitish or a gray waterish discharge. Itching can be there, but nowherenear as intense as the vaginal yeast infection, which can be really bad. I've also found manywomen complain about a lot of pain after intercourse with a Candida yeast infection as well. Theyalso get them with bacterial vaginosis, but even more so with the vaginal infection. Thekey symptoms are those two things. Think about
the itching. Think about the discharge. Now some women with Candida yeast infectionsalso get pelvic pain to different degrees. Many of them can even have a lowgrade endometriosiswithout even knowing about it. I discovered years ago that many cases of severe endometriosisare, in fact, caused by a yeast infection. It makes sense because if you've got a vaginalinfection and you're going to treat it with applicators or creams from the andyou're going to take diflucan or fluconazole recurrently to cure this problem. You're notgoing to cure it with drugs. You're not going to cure it with creams. All you're doing isyou're driving it further up the vaginal area,
in through the cervix, into the endometrium,and then eventually you get endometriosis. So you get basically an inflammation in thewall of the womb. Yeast actually can get through there and start creating an immune reaction.Cysts will develop; small cysts develop around that area and that becomes endometriosis. Endometriosis has skyrocketed since tamponuse with many women. I've got a female friend who said that she found years ago amassive connection between endometriosis and chronic vaginal yeast infection, so you needto bear that in mind, too. You could have a lowgrade pelvic pain.
If in doubt, make sure that you get checkedout and have a swab and have that cultured for Candida to see whether you've got a bacterialproblem in the vaginal area or a yeast infection. Be sure to check out my other tutorials on howto get rid of a woman's yeast infection by doing the quot;kill and build phase.quot; This isa bulletproof way; 99 percent guaranteed to get rid of this vaginal infection. Thanks for tuning in.