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 bacteria named Gardnerella is usually the cause of bacterial vaginosis. Actually bacterial vaginosis used to be called Gardnerella vaginitis for that very reason.
Now a fungus is actually responsible for a bacterial yeast infection. A candida albicans infection is what we generally call a yeast infection in women and all candida infections are basically just a yeast overgrowth.
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.
This could be something like you having to take antibiotics or you’ve had new yeast introduced in some way. Anything that may upset the balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria can cause you to get either one of these infections. Antibiotics are the number one reason for getting many types of candida infections and bacterial vaginosis.
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 bacterial 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.
Other symptoms would be a little yeasty odor to no odor at all. You should have extreme itchiness and soreness around the vagina. Painful urination and pain during intercourse may also be symptoms.
Candida infections are common everything from thrush, athlete’s foot, skin or a more serious infection like intestinal, digestive or even a systemic yeast infection. If left untreated candida infections can cause you many problems.
If candida enters your blood stream it is considered a systemic yeast infection, this is bad. Now a systemic yeast infection is rare but it can happen if you continue to ignore a infection. A systemic candida infection will wreak havoc on you internal organs maybe even start shutting them down.
You want to kill all the candida in your entire body for any type of yeast infection. This is the only way to be sure you have performed a permanent cure and won’t be dealing with another infection soon. Over the counter yeast infection treatments only cure your symptoms and do not fix the root of the problem.