Is it Harmful?
What are the Effects?
You have an untreated yeast infection and
you want to know if it is harmful if left untreated. Or
what are the risks of a yeast infection left untreated?
And, maybe most importantly, will it go away on its
We will discuss all of that below. But let's step back a bit
first and discuss the basics of a yeast infection.
If you are not aware of it, yeast infections are caused by
an overgrowth of Candida Albicans, a yeast that is naturally
present in and on many people's bodies.
In fact, 50% of people have the Candida yeast in their
mouths and it can also be found in the gastrointestinal tract,
on our skin, in a woman's vagina, on a man's penis and even in
Usually, this Candida yeast, or fungus, is completely
harmless and we never know it's there. However, the yeast can
grow rapidly and cause a yeast infection when there is an
imbalance in our bodies.
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Some reasons for this imbalance include a weakened immune
system, taking antibiotics, a change in the pH balance of our
body or if we provide it with a warm, moist, comfortable
(You can read more about the causes of a yeast infection
For the most part, yeast infections are not generally
serious and are irritating and itchy, rather than painful.
Depending on the area of the body, symptoms can include:
- Red, sore skin – A rash or blister can occur and skin
can even crack and weep.
- Curd-like vaginal discharge – It can also sometimes
- Soreness or burning
- Gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, gas and
- White spots or a tick white or yellow covering on the
tongue and mouth membranes.
These symptoms will generally stay the same in an untreated
Yeast infections can be treated relatively easy with over
the counter antifungal medication, including creams, drops,
tablets or pessaries/suppositories, or by stronger prescription
Some people also swear by using natural remedies such as
live yogurt, a vinegar or bicarbonate of soda solution, garlic
and essential oils or herbs. You can learn more about
What Happens if You Leave a
Yeast Infection Untreated?
So now you know that you have a yeast infection (also known
as candidiasis). What happens next?
I will tell you what you probably want to hear - untreated
yeast infections have been known to disappear of their own
accord. Infections can go away without any type of treatment
whatsoever as the body builds its own defenses and attacks the
In addition, vaginal yeast infections tend to disappear as a
woman menstruates and the blood washes the yeast away.
There aren't usually any serious health concerns or problems
associated with an untreated yeast infection.
But do you really want to have to avoid sexual
intercourse, have bad breath, suffer with horrible
gastrointestinal problems or have red raw skin?
In addition, if you leave a yeast infection untreated,
although it may naturally sort itself out it is likely to recur
or turn into a chronic yeast infection, causing much discomfort
Some physicians do believe that there can be more serious
side effects to a yeast infection left untreated. If the
Candida yeast is left to multiply even further, the body
balance of natural bacteria can be upset, the person's immune
system is affected, other parts of the body can become infected
and toxins can even enter the bloodstream.
While these are rare side effects to
an untreated yeast infection, they have been known to
A person with an untreated yeast infection which goes out of
control can also suffer with headaches, mood swings, fatigue,
depression, gastrointestinal problems, mouth sores, sore
throat, mouth blisters and blurred vision.
If you are trying to become pregnant, you should not have
leave a yeast infection untreated. Untreated yeast infections
can delay or prevent pregnancy.
While medical professionals are not exactly sure why this is
the case, one reason put forth is that the yeast infection will
affect the pH of the vagina. This change in pH can have an
adverse effect on the sperm, making it more difficult to get
Why go through the discomfort of an untreated yeast
infection? Because it may be a little embarrassing? Forget
about it and take care of that untreated yeast infection.
So while any serious side affects from a yeast infection
left untreated are rare, it is better to take steps to get rid
of it sooner rather than later.
At the first sign of a yeast infection, you should start
treating it. It is far better to treat it and get rid of it
before it gets any worse.
If you have never been diagnosed with candidiasis before,
you should consult your doctor to make sure that is what you
have. You do not want to be treating the wrong ailment. A yeast
infection can be mistaken for other diseases.
If you know you have a yeast infection, you can buy an over
the counter treatment or try some home remedies.
Over the counter medications contain active antifungal
agents and are very effective in treating yeast infections.
Natural home remedies include using live yogurt, a vinegar
solution, a bicarbonate of soda solution or a tea tree oil
solution to apply to the affected area.
There are also things you can do to prevent yeast infections
from coming back:
- Eat live yogurt or use probiotics – These products help
to restore the body's supply of friendly bacteria which
help to control the amount of Candida yeast in the
- Wear cotton underwear – Synthetic materials can make
you sweat, making a warm, moist environment which helps the
yeast to multiply.
- Wear cotton garments, avoid tight briefs and don't wear
overly tight jeans.
- Don't wear underwear to bed – Let air get to your
genitals to keep them cool and dry.
- Take off wet swim wear or damp clothes as soon as you
can and dry yourself properly.
- Make sure that you dry every part of the body after
showering or bathing – Bits that people often miss include
between the toes, under the arms, the genitals and in skin
- Consider following an anti-candida diet if you keep
getting yeast infections – This involves reducing sugar and
sweet foods, cutting out yeast foods, beer and mold foods
such as blue cheese.
- Treat both partners – In the case of a yeast infection
that affects the genitals, both partners should be treated
to prevent reinfection.
Look out for warning signs and symptoms and take action
straight away if you suspect that you have a yeast
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