Yeasts can go from being a normal part of your body to becoming what’s known as pathogenic. That is, becoming a serial pest, causing an infection with uncomfortable symptoms.
Symptoms of a yeast infection
- Vulvovaginal itching
- Discharge – thick, white, sometimes cottage cheese-like, doesn’t smell bad
- Often occurs after taking antibiotics
If you have a vaginal yeast infection, your intestines are probably also overgrown with yeast. The effect is throughout your body, which results in your vagina having a yeast bloom, causing these uncomfortable, sometimes painful, vulvovaginal symptoms.
There are several types of yeast, with the most common cause of yeast infections being Candida albicans. Candida albicans tends to result in the cottage-cheesey discharge – it can be quite copious and chunky, though it never smells bad. The yeast with fewer symptoms like this next in line is Candida glabrata. Less common yeasts that can cause vulvovaginal symptoms are Candida tropicalis, Candida parapsilosis, and Candida krusei.
To treat a yeast infection, you treat both the vagina and the gut. You may also need to dissolve yeast biofilms in your intestines using special biofilm-busting enzymes.