Why You Shouldn’t Diagnose and Treat Your Yeast Infection

Oral thrush requires treatment via a doctor's prescription; however, only a few drugs have been approved for oral consumption. The main problem is the cell membrane of fungus (yeast is a fungus) is very similar to the cell membranes of humans and other animals. Therefore, the drugs, such as Nystatin, which can attack the fungal cell walls, must not be a threat to the cellular membranes in the human cell membrane. The strict criterion that must be applied to these drugs has resulted in approximately ten being approved for oral use.

These serious drugs are not for treating external yeast infections, but are reserved for the much more severe internal yeast infections.

If you want an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, you must be examined by your doctor and let him or her determine exactly which yeast infection you have. The symptoms may seem the same as you previously experienced, but there is no way of being 100% certain – you are just making an educated guess. Actually, there are three infections called "vaginitis" and only a yeast infection is caused by the Candida albicans fungus. The others are caused by intimate transmission of a protozoan or by bacteria. You need to refrain from treating your infection incorrectly and perhaps causing more serious symptoms. And what will happen then? You will have to visit your clinic or doctor or, you could try something like this website for more advice. 

A lot of women don't heed that advice and still insist on diagnosing themselves and deciding on their own method of treatment. However, there may be more to your story, and the best course of action includes getting educated and considering a visit to your doctor.

Still, the trend continues for women to successfully diagnosis and treat their infection with nonprescription drugs. However, it is possible to have nonspecific symptoms involving vulvitis or vaginitis for reasons unrelated to the common Candida yeast infection. You can easily see why it is imperative to get examined by your doctor so you can proceed with the correct treatment for your female infection. Your doctor can quickly determine what is causing your infection by scraping off a quick sample of the tissue involved.

Treating an internal yeast infection, or oral thrush, is more precarious than getting rid of an external yeast infection, even one in the genital area. If you have oral thrush, you will have to visit your clinic or health care practitioner in order to be treated. One class is the azole group of medicines, which are anti-fungal treatments that we discussed above. Ergosterol is a component of the yeast cell wall. Some of the azole drugs bind with the ergosterol causing a leakage of potassium and protons, which results in cell death. The compromised fungal cell, therefore, cannot survive or reproduce. Although some azoles can have severe side effects, they work well on fungal cells and do not affect human cells. 

So it should be pretty obvious that treating a yeast infection is no simple matter. Yeast infections range from simple to life threatening. An immune system that cannot do its job for whatever reason – cancer, chemotherapy, HIV/AIDS – is the cause of these more severe forms of Candidiasis. The immune system of someone who has had an organ transplant is suppressed on purpose so the person's immune system won't reject the new organ. Therefore, these people are specifically at risk to develop a yeast infection. Another group that falls into the at-risk classification is chemotherapy patients.

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