Infection with Candida

Candida is also incorrectly called an STD. Officially, Candida is not an STD, but is a yeast infection. Candida can be very annoying and show disturbing symptoms, but it is also easy to treat and certainly preventable. In this article you can read the symptoms and treatments of Candida and tips to prevent infection. This article also provides information about the infection itself.

Candida

Candida is not very popularly known and many people will never have heard of it. However, it can have very unpleasant consequences if you become infected with this infection. Some authorities include Candida on a list of common STDs in the Netherlands, because the infection is often located in the genitals. The infection can be transmitted through sexual contact, but it is almost never caused by sexual contact. Officially, Candida is not an STD, but an infection.
Candida is a yeast infection, also called a fungal infection. It concerns a seemingly harmless yeast, which many people unconsciously carry. You absolutely don’t have to worry about it. Under certain circumstances the amount of yeast can increase, which may cause you to experience various complaints and symptoms. Women generally suffer from this more and more often than men. An increase in the amount of yeast can occur, for example, in diabetes, when using antibiotics or certain medications such as Prednisone. Candida can overgrow to the mouth, the mucous membranes of genital organs, the rectum, the skin and especially the skin folds all over the body. Although Candida is not serious, it is strongly recommended that it be treated.

Symptoms of infection

Men usually have no complaints when they become infected with the Candida infection. Women do experience symptoms, especially after overgrowth. For example, the vaginal discharge may be thick and grainy and more than normal. The vagina may turn red and an annoying itch occurs. Men can also suffer from a red and flaky glans, which can cause itching. If you suffer from these symptoms, it is wise to make an appointment with the doctor to be sure of the infection. The GP will take a smear or culture. In most cases, the vaginal discharge can be examined immediately and you will immediately be told whether you have indeed become infected with Candida. The infection is very easy to demonstrate by looking at the discharge under a microscope. If you have a culture or a smear test, you will have to wait a few days (in most cases) for the results.

Treating the infection

In most cases, Candida can be treated quickly and easily. Unfortunately, this is not the case in all cases. The infection can be very persistent and return again and again. This mainly happens in people with poor resistance. If you do not suffer from complaints, treatment is not necessary. In case of complaints and after diagnosis, you will usually be prescribed a cream, which you must apply to the penis or vagina. Women are also given tablets that they have to insert into the vagina. In some cases you may also be given tablets/capsules to take orally. It is better not to have sexual intercourse during treatment. Your body needs some time to recover from the infection. There is also a chance that your partner (if you have a steady partner) has also become infected. It is advisable to also have your partner treated, but this is only necessary if he/she also suffers from complaints.

Tips to prevent contamination

It is not wise to wash your genitals with soap. It is better to use only water for this. In women, soap can adversely affect the acidity of the vagina and thus cause Candida overgrowth. It is actually always good to clean your genitals extra well. Women can use Lactacyd or, for example, Intimate. This can be purchased at the drugstore and comes in different forms. Lactacyd is liquid and is injected into the vagina using an enclosed “spray bottle”. This also cleans the inside of the vagina thoroughly. Intimate is also available in wipes for the outside of the vagina. Proper cleaning of your genitals prevents a Candida infection and reduces an incipient infection.

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