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Untreated Yeast Infections

Untreated yeast infections are a topic that often comes up on the internet. Some women assume that their yeast infection will clear on its own if they leave their infection untreated, and just forget about it. This will not only not happen, but could be dangerous. I’ll explain below.

Information on yeast infections

A yeast infection is caused by a mutation of a usually harmless organism that lives inside all of us. The Candida Albicans yeast makes it’s way into almost everyone at birth. When something in your body is compromised in some way that’s when the Candida mutates and you start feeling your symptoms of an itchy, burning vagina along with your other symptoms.

The itching and burning ( most common yeast infection symptoms ) are caused by the mutated Candida yeast feeding on the skin cells on the inside of your vagina. If the Candida is left untreated it will just burrow its way deeper into your skin in search of fresh skin cells to feed on. When the yeast gets too deep OTC anti fungal creams may no longer work on curing the yeast infection. Sometimes OTC anti fungal creams can’t penetrate the skin deep enough to kill all of the yeast.

The untreated yeast infection will then become resistant

The once untreated yeast infection could now turn into a resistant Candida infection because the surviving yeast that hasn’t been killed by the anti fungal cream can mutate so the cream will no longer do anything. This means a trip back to your doctor for a stronger cream, or worse still, an oral anti fungal drug. Some women are lucky in the fact that the next more powerful treatment works, but for some, this is a slow journey into trying every treatment possible especially if their doctor doesn’t understand anything about yeast infections.

It might not be a yeast infection

Some women leave their infection untreated, and then find out that they don’t have a yeast infection. They have something far worse such as bacterial vaginosis or gonorrhea. When you have vaginal bacterial infections like these, and they’re left untreated you risk permanent damage being caused to your reproductive organs.

See your doctor

If you suspect you’re suffering from any type of vaginal infection it’s imperative that you go and see your doctor for a correct diagnosis as soon as possible. You can then get the correct treatment straight away, and you could be cured in days rather than weeks or months.

Untreated yeast infections are not a good idea as fungus only spreads if it’s not treated in any way. And if it isn’t fungus it will be another type of bacteria.

Posted January 5th, 2012 in yeast infections.

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