Candida is a fairly innocent yeast, many people carry it without noticing it. Under certain circumstances, due to an increase in the amount of yeast, complaints can suddenly arise. Women in particular suffer from this. Overgrowth of the yeast can occur, for example, if resistance decreases, for example in stress, diabetes or use of certain antibiotics and medicines. Candida infection is often called 'fungal infection' and almost never occurs through sexual contact. You can pass on the yeast from sexual contact. The infection is not serious and is usually easy to treat. It can be annoying and often repeats. This condition can occur in the genitals, in the mouth and in the rectum.
Fungal infection during childbirth
If you have a fungal infection at the end of your pregnancy be extra vigilant that baby does not get it in his mouth. Because your baby comes out through the vagina (during a normal delivery) it will often pick up the fungus.
In case of a candida infection you may not notice any symptoms. This is especially true for men. As a woman you can have more secretion than normal. This secretion may look like thick cottage cheese. Usually the area around the vagina becomes red and a severe itching can occur. The man may also have itching, but it is more common that the penis will look red and scaly. Pain when urinating may also indicate a candida infection.
To demonstrate a candida infection, the doctor will view the vagina and labia. He can also make a smear, which is usually examined directly under the microscope. In a few cases the doctor may want to make a culture in the lab.
Fortunately, a candida infection can be treated easily. In some cases the infection is persistent and keeps coming back. Treatment is only necessary when there are symptoms.
What you can do to protect yourself:
During the treatment it is better not to have sexual intercourse.