Yeast growing on your skin is not as uncommon as you may think! According to Skinsite.com, nearly 80% of people have a small amount of yeast on their skin. Some people; however, produce an excess of yeast. For these people, lives can be frustrating, embarrassing and uncomfortable.
Signs you may have a yeast infection
Both men and women can get a yeast infection, though the symptoms may present themselves differently in each sex. Common signs of an infection in women can include: an irritated and itchy genital area, more frequent urination and possibly even pain during urination.
If the infection is serious enough, the vulva will become enlarged, and vaginal secretion will become much thicker. Yeast infections cause skin to become irritated to the touch, and can make intercourse nearly impossible.
Yeast infections are transmitted sexually, and can spread even after one encounter with an infected individual. Having a yeast infection is not only unpleasant, but painful too.
Prescription Drugs and Their Side Effects
Candida yeast infections are commonly treated with a type of fungicide. There is a wide variety of prescription drugs designed to fight yeast infections. Unfortunately, all of these drugs have possibilities of harmful side effects. Here is a list of some of these drugs and their known side effects:
- Fluconozole: commonly used against Candida yeast infections. One known side effect of this drug is hepatotoxicity.
- Voriconazole: similar to Fluconozole. The side effects of this drug include blurry vision, light sensitivity, and color changes. These side effects occur in almost one third of all patients.
- Ketaconazole: Side effects include: vomiting, nausea, and hepatotoxicity. This drug can also decrease Cortisol and testosterone levels, resulting in menstrual problems in women, and low sperm count and breast development in males
- Clotrimazole: side effects including: anemia and thrombocytosis.
- Miconazole: This drug has been known to interact poorly with other drugs such as blood thinners, and drugs used by diabetics, possibly causing bleeding or bruising.
- Flucytosine: There is a long list of side effects for this drug including; anemia, leucopenia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, drowsiness, and hallucinations.
- Amphotericin-B: This drug is the most toxic of them all, and is very dangerous to the liver.
- Nystatin: This drug, which is used for Candida of the mouth, is also highly toxic and can cause severe damage to the liver.
- Terbinafine: This drug has been known to cause both gastrointestinal and skin conditions.
Alternatives to Prescription Drugs
With all of the symptoms listed above, it makes you wonder if the treatment is worse than the infection! Fortunately, there are alternatives to prescription drugs and the side effects that accompany them. Natural supplements have been found to be safe and effective.