Yeast Infection- Is it Contagious?
Yes, yeast infection, can, indeed, be considered contagious. Therefore, you have to be very careful if you know you are experiencing the symptoms of yeast infection. The level of contagiousness depends on the severity of the infection, the level of immunity of the recipient, and the level of contact.
Here are some examples.
Jenny is suffering from a considerably high level of yeast infection. She uses the toilet and her friend Rina comes inside. She uses the same toilet that Jenny used. Do you think that the infection will be passed on to Jenny? Remember that for yeast to grow more, warm environment is needed.
Another example is about a patient named Chris. He has an infection on the penis. His penis’ temperature plays around 77 degrees. Therefore, it is dormant. He then decided to have sex with his wife Sheila. Of course, Sheila gets the infection as well. Even with oral sex, yeast infection can easily be transmitted.
There are many ways in that you can acquire yeast infection. Some of them are the most unexpected and most unusual ways of infection transmission.
Put it this way, “risk vs. rewards.” You can find sex as very rewarding, especially with the pleasure you get. However, you have the big risk of getting yeast infection. It’s not really that good.
Therefore, you should be wise in making your decisions. If you already know that one of you is having sex with other people, then you should be more cautious. You should have everything organized and clean. Always wash hands, wear clean clothing, and for protection purposes, use a condom.
It is better to be careful than to spend a lot of money for treatment if you don’t have your yeast infection treated at once. You cannot rely on hearsays. It is always better to ask your doctor for more reliable recommendations.
For now, you better remember that yeast are almost everywhere in our environment and because we are also living organisms and larger than them they can always land on us and stay on us. Actually we all have yeasts in our bodies and we use them in our digestion, help in the absorption of enzymes in our stomach and intestines and also help in maintaining the pH level of our bodies.
However, once certain factors have changed in our system particularly the pH level in our blood, this will warn them that it is time to invade their living environment thus causing us yeast infections. In this case, they can be contagious if the other person who comes in contact with them have the same acid conditions in their bodies or have low immunity protection against yeast invasion. They can also transfer to other person but will remain dormant until the time they have the chance to create infection.
Another thing you must know about the yeast’s opportunistic nature is that they can live in our bodies along with other organisms like the good bacteria. They cause no harm in small numbers because the bacteria are holding them in controlled condition. But when we do something to our system such as when we take antibiotics or other immunosuppressant drugs, these good bacteria can eventually be wiped out of our system along with the bad bacteria that the antibiotics is intended to destroy. This will give the chance again for the Candida to show their infectious side and can put the carrier in health hazard.
Vaginal yeast infections and thrush in men and children are always caused by the fungus, Candida and most of the time people get these infections not only through their lifestyle and practices but from getting contaminated by other people. A mother may pass the infection to her breastfeeding child while an infected woman can infect her partner especially if he performed oral sex to her. In this case he may contract oral thrush or intestinal yeast infections. Moreover, some of the yeast infections we contracted do not come from transmission because infections happen more due to the fact that we do many things to our bodies that change the conditions of our system.