Are the symptoms of Candida yeast infection symptoms really that important to know? The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has weighed in on the matter concerning the prevalence of this condition. At least once in their lifetime, three quarter of all adult American women have suffered from the condition of an intimate yeast infection. Then, out of that number roughly forty-five percent will have a repeat occurrence two or more times. Around fifteen percent of American men will have yeast infection symptoms after intimate involvement with a partner who has yeast infection. These numbers are very unfortunate and should cause everyone some degree of concern.

When yeast infection is suspected, many people try to treat it themselves. This can possibly be ill-advised as certain categories of people, such as pregnant women, should only receive treatment from their doctor. Self-treatment may be the way to go, and it may yield positive results, but still should only be done for those not in high risk categories, like healthy adults or children. It will be time to talk to your doctor when your symptoms are still there, even after the OTC medication. Women should take note that other medical conditions cause discharges which are unrelated to menstruation. 

A compromised immune system is one category that makes you a big risk for yeast infects.

When a body is in a weakened condition, Candida over-growth is only one of many problems that the body could contract. People in this group, among whom are HIV patients, are at risk for internal yeast spread that could disrupt the normal functions of certain organs. Esophagitis is an infection of yeast that looks like thrush and it is suffered by many AIDS patients. This infection passes through the body producing ulcers, starting in the mouth and working its way down the throat to the intestinal tract.

Being generalized in the whole body is what can happen in some instances as the yeast spreads. This is considered to be quite rare, as it doesn't happen very often. In almost 75% of the cases of systemic yeast infection, the person does not survive. Persistent and reoccurring yeast infections are always a cause for concern as it could be due to more serious medical conditions. You may have put off talking to a doctor, but if your yeast infections won't go away, then maybe it is time. Yeast infections are not something to ignore and hope they will go away on their own, because they can result in serious complications. 

Yeast infections can affect anyone and as you get older the chances of oral yeast infections becomes greater. If dentures are worn, then that is a common site for the appearance of infection. Under the breasts, in skin folds, and nail-beds are the most likely locations to find a yeast infection. Warm, moist places that have a proper pH is where you will find yeast cells growing. A yeast infection can make you miserable, so make sure that you get it treated, because it can be cleared up quite easily.