Based on some new studies, a yeast infection, also called Candida albicans, is responsible for the majority of urinary tract infection (UTI). The yeast infections have increased dramatically over the last few decades because of excessive use of broad-spectrum antibiotics. It also has become common for bladder infection due to yeast because of increase in indwelling vascular and urinary catheters, and corticosteroid and immunosuppressant therapies. So what is the exact link between a yeast infection and an UTI?
A yeast infection is often associated with an UTI, because they are two conditions that often occur in women. They are also both located in the vaginal area. Urinary tract infections and yeast infections have several areas in similarities.
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First is the location. The vulva is where the urethra is located and it is also the site of a yeast infections.
Secondly, the antibiotic treatment for the UTI can increase the yeast infection. Broad-range antibiotics can account for large number of yeast infection cases, because they can kill off the good bacteria that normally inhabit the vagina and lead to rise in the yeast population. Thus, antibiotics are not recommended as the treatment for UTI. Now, more and more people turn to herbal therapies like Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill because they are more natural and will not cause any side effects.
Thirdly, in some cases, people can mistake UTI and yeast infection since these two conditions have some similar symptoms, such as pain or irritation in the pelvic area and a burning sensation during urination.
However, they can differ widely in other symptoms and causes. Yeast infections are usually caused by the deterioration of good bacteria within the vagina area, which allows an increase in the production of yeast. On the contrary, an UTI is caused by bad bacteria entering the urinary tract. Yeast infections may cause a burning or itching sensation in the inner and outer vagina, soreness, and unusually colored or strong-scented discharge, while a UTI may cause cloudy or foul-smelling urine, tenderness in the lower abdomen, and an increased urge to urinate.
It is common for some women to confuse a yeast infection and a urinary tract infection sometimes, because a urinary and yeast infection cycle can sometimes coincide. A UTI is typically treated with antibiotics, which can cause a yeast infection, so the similar symptoms can sometimes cause confusion. When UTIs become frequent, which may happen when the immune system is weakened, the cycle will continue.
With all the similarities between a yeast infection and a urinary tract infection, they can be prevented by similar means. Start by practicing good hygiene. Try to keep your genitals clean and dry. Wash them at least once a day with mild soap and water. Stay away from soaps with dyes or fragrances as they can cause irritation to the urethra or disrupt the pH balance of the vagina. You should also maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine to boost your immunity and prevent infection.