Thursday, December 1, 2011

Yeast Infection Facts Regarding Treatments

By Cory Taylor

Oral thrush requires treatment via a doctor's prescription; however, only a few drugs have been approved for oral consumption. The reason these oral drugs need so much scrutiny is the similarity of the cell membrane in humans to the cell membrane of the fungal cells. So there is an obvious concern, and rightly so, that a medication will not cause harm to human cells while trying to kill the fungus (yeast) cells. This leaves the general public with only ten or so Candidiasis medications that can be taken orally.

These drugs are mainly used if you have an internal yeast infection - such as a yeast overgrowth - not the common surface yeast infections that can be treated topically.

One class of serious drugs is the polyene anti-micotics. They bind to the ergosterol in the fungal cell membrane, which leads to the death of the cells. Two medications that are polyene antibiotics are Amphotericin B and Nystatin. Amphotericin B is available to treat oral thrush, but is also used to treat the critically ill or people who are immunocompromised and have chronic yeast infections. It should be obvious that these chronic and systemic yeast infections are very serious and can put your health in peril. Nystatin is relatively safe to use orally and topically due to its low absorption through the skin and mucous membranes. Azoles inhibit the 14-alpha demethylase, which produces ergosterol, thus resulting in the death of the fungal cell. Polyene anti-micotics are also ergosterol inhibitors and have a similar effect on the fungal cells.

In America, an astonishing one-third of the adult woman population will experience recurring Candidiasis infections. A woman who is subject to recurring yeast infections can count on having about one every three months. Any person, and especially women, who experiences multiple yeast infections should see their doctor for evaluation.

You may have no problem eliminating each infection as it shows up, but you need to get to the root of the problem and stop just treating the symptoms. It's very important to find out if there is another health issue that is responsible for the recurring infections.

You may have no problem eliminating each infection as it shows up, but you need to get to the root of the problem and stop just treating the symptoms. There are other medical conditions that could be causing the recurring infections, and that is one thing that needs to be determined. Almost all yeast infection treatments are safe, effective, and easy to use. Pregnancy, of course, is a major concern if any form of vaginitis occurs. However, if you have, or have infected someone, who has a weakened immune system, that is also a major concern. If you see your doctor about a possible yeast infection, then you will be much more knowledgeable if the symptoms ever arise again.

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