So, can a yeast infection cause swelling? For vaginal and penile yeast infections, yes, swelling of the genitals can be caused by these conditions. More specifically for women, if your labia is swollen, this also can indicate a yeast infection (as can swelling of the general pubic and anal areas). But, edema (the fancy term for unusual swelling) does not guarantee a yeast infection. To get a better idea if Candida is what is causing the unusual swelling, you may want to consider the other symptoms this pathogen can bring about.
For women, symptoms include: a cottage cheese like vaginal discharge, sores, small tears in the skin, inflammation of the vaginal area, intense itching, intense burning, pain during sex, pain during intercourse, and small bumps around the infected area with or without pus.
For men, the typical case of Candida balanitis (a yeast infection of the glans—which is the rounded tip of the penis) symptoms are often having pain in this area, reddening of the glans, and feeling a burning sensation while you urinate. Other symptoms that can occur, include: a discharge from under the foreskin, swelling of the penis, and varying tightness of the foreskin to the point where it cannot be pulled back.
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If you do have a yeast infection, there are a wide array of natural remedies that can get rid of your infection in around a week’s time. Apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, herbal treatments, and essential oils can all be used to clear up a fungal infection. These natural remedies are a safe, inexpensive alternative to prescription antifungals; and, are often much more efficacious than costly, dangerous drugs. If you have some time, consider checking out the extensive information on these natural items here on Candida Hub.
Research Regarding Candida & Swelling
One interesting study, listed swelling as a key sign of vaginal Candidiasis. The study was published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases [35.9 (2002): 1066-1070]. The researchers used the following signs and symptoms to diagnose women for yeast infections: open sores, swelling of the vagina, vaginal redness, burning sensations, vaginal soreness, the presence of intense itch, and vaginal discharge. The final diagnosis of a yeast infection took place when women with such symptoms had a positive laboratory culture for Candida species. Although the study’s focus, was on women with Candida krusie overgrowth, the researchers state that the chronic signs and symptoms of a vaginal Candidiasis were indistinguishable from an infection due to other species of yeast. Thus, their diagnosis criteria, and inclusion of vaginal swelling, is very relevant for infections due to any species of Candida.
Another study was done that indicates vaginal swelling as a key symptom of a yeast infection in that area. The study focused on recurrent yeast infections, and was published in Nursing for Women's Health [12.3 (2008): 216-223]. The study related, that often other vaginal maladies—such as bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, or sexually transmitted diseases—can masquerade as a yeast infection. The study cites research that found women who diagnosed themselves with a yeast infection, only 28% of them actually had mycologic evidence (positive laboratory cultures) of an actual yeast infection. Yet, concerning vaginal swelling, the research states that edema (edema, as mentioned, is swelling of a body part) is a symptom of a yeast infection. The study also suggests some alternative methods for getting rid of vaginal Candida; such as yogurt containing live lactobacillus bacteria, tea tree oil, and douching with a mixture of vinegar and water. The following chart was taken from the study and shows the various signs and symptoms of vaginal yeast infections.
A study, discussing common causes of vaginitis, among which Candida induced vaginal infections were discussed, also talked about vaginal swelling. The study was published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing [30.3 (2001): 306-315]. The study stated that vaginal yeast infections are the second most common cause of vaginal infections; accounting for about 20% to 25% of all infections. The study states that Candida normally lives in the vagina without causing problems; but, when conditions are right, it can overgrow and induce infection. The common symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection, according to the study, include: swelling of the vulva or vagina, reddened or inflamed vagina / vulva, open sores, a cottage cheese like discharge that sticks to the walls of the vagina, vaginal itching, vaginal burning, and pain during urination. The following chart was taken from the study and shows the various things to look for with common vaginal infections (such as bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis).
Another study, also discussed the symptoms and signs a vaginal yeast infection can demonstrate. The study was published in the journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica [81.11 (2002): 1047-1052]. The researchers used 83 different women with a history of vaginal yeast infections. Of these women, 43 of them had a positive laboratory culture for Candida; and, the remaining 40 women had a negative culture. Concerning the sign of swelling due to Candida, the study found that several women with Candida had swelling in various areas; and, those without Candida had no signs of swelling in the pubic area. Out of the 43 Candida positive women, 3 (7%) had perianal (the area around the anus) swelling, 3 (7%) had swelling of the vulva, and 7 (16%) had vaginal swelling. Thus, if you have some swelling of your genitals; or, the area around the genitals; this is something that can happen due to yeast colonizing that area.
Another study also sighted swelling as an indicator of a yeast infection. The study was published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology [92.5 (1998): 757-765]. The study used 774 randomly chosen females, from a sexually transmitted disease clinic. The study looked at signs, symptoms, and risk factors for yeast infections; and, confirmed the presence of Candida via laboratory cultures. Of the women, 545 had the symptoms of vulvar itching, vulvar burning, or increased vaginal discharge. But, of these 545 women, only 155 (28%) had positive cultures for Candida albicans. However, bacterial vaginosis, or a type of sexually transmitted disease, was present in 288 (53%).
Concerning the study’s use of a physical exam, the following indicators of a yeast infection were looked for during the exam: vaginal or vulvar redness, the presence of discharge, swelling of the vulva, fissures (small cuts on the skin around the vagina), sores where the skin had eroded away, and pus filled bumps. Swelling of the labia indicated vulvar edema; and, labia swelling was characterized by the labia minora having a taut, round surface and appearing swollen. When signs such as a cottage cheese vaginal discharge, vaginal redness, sores, fissures, or vulva swelling were present, these signs were strongly associated with a positive culture for yeast. Thus, vulvar swelling, according to this research, is a strong indicator that you do have a vaginal Candida problem.
Non-Vaginal Yeast Infection Swelling
One study also mentioned men with penile yeast infections can possibly experience swelling due to Candida balanitis. The study was published in the journal Critical Reviews in Microbiology [37.3 (2011): 237-244]. Men with Candida balanitis frequently complain of having irritation or general soreness of the tip of the penis (known as the glans). In fewer instances, men with this condition may also have some discharge from underneath the foreskin that covers the glans. Other symptoms of this condition include: glazed and excessively reddened skin, pus filled bumps forming around the infected area, pain during urination, itching, occasional ulceration of the glans, and bleeding. Swelling is not as common, but it can happen. Primarily, men who have an immune system dysfunction, or have diabetes; can see sudden and severe swelling. Thus, swelling may not be likely if these health concerns are not applicable to you.
A study also shows that Candida infections of the epiglottis (a small piece of cartilage that covers your windpipe) can cause swelling. The study was published in the American Journal of Otolaryngology [18.6 (1997): 428-430]. The research reports a case of a 6 year old boy who had a sore throat and was examined. The medical professionals diagnosed him with Candida epiglottitis; and, found that he had significant swelling of the epiglottis. Thus, Candida can cause swelling in such types of infection.
Another study also looked at Candida induced swelling; but this research focused on yeast infections of the tissue around the nails (known as Candida paronychia). The study was published in the International Journal of Dermatology [37.12 (1998): 904-907]. When Candida starts colonizing the skin around the nails, the study states that digits of the fingers can have a bulbous appearance, become increasingly reddened, and also become swollen. Thus, skin yeast infections around the nails can induce swelling.
As the research indicates, the various parts of the vagina and surrounding area can become swollen due to Candida. Women with swelling of their labia may also have this problem due to yeast. But, swelling alone is not a sure way to know you have a yeast infection. Consider other symptoms that you have along with swelling to see how accurately they line up with those of this malady. If you have had a history with vaginal Candidiasis, you are probably better suited to diagnose yourself. If your swelling hasn’t been going away, even after you used some form of antifungal treatment, you may not have a yeast infection at all. And, if you are a man, rarely swelling of the penis may occur due to a yeast infection in that area. Swelling may also be able to take place in a wide variety of body locations when Candida sufficiently invades these areas.
Linda Allen’s 12 Hour Yeast Infection Treatment
One woman, Linda Allen, was one of the many unfortunately women who are plagued by recurrent yeast infections. Linda’s bad health began in her late teen years when she developed a sinus infection. Shortly thereafter, Linda came down with a yeast infection; and, after this, the infections didn’t seem to stop. When Linda first found she had a vaginal infection, she quickly made an appointment with her physician. Linda’s doctor prescribed her a drug and, when she used it, her yeast infection cleared up relatively quickly. However, it wasn’t long after she got rid of the problem that she came down with another yeast infection. Again, Linda went to her doctor and got another prescription. But, like before, shortly after the drugs eliminated her Candida, she found that the infection came back yet again.
Linda found herself routinely visiting the doctor, and she had frequent health problems. Her doctor would keep prescribing her stronger and stronger antibiotics, and once allergy medicine, but nothing seemed to definitively work. The cycle of yeast infection recurrence and general bad health would last for over a decade in Linda’s life. Those who were close to Linda knew she was seeing the doctor frequently; they may have wondered if her health was really worse than she was admitting, or thought she was a hypochondriac.
Linda was mystified as to the cause of all her problems; until, she made an appointment with a naturopath to see if she could get some help. Fortunately, the naturopath knew exactly what was causing Linda’s horrible health issues. The naturopath informed Linda that she had a systemic Candida overgrowth problem; and, that was why she felt miserable and had repeat vaginal yeast infections. Although the naturopath couldn’t permanently cure Linda, she did get pointed in the right direction.
After this key information was given to her, Linda began to rigorously study natural medicine. Over the course of the next 12 years, Linda would read a host of medical texts regarding her personal situation. When a doctor or natural medicine professional would share some time with her, Linda would diligently question them and draw from their experience. Linda also tried a vast array of alternative therapies; yet, none fully worked. Despite her lack of a solution, her study and experience did start to give her key insights as to how to address the root causes of her problem.
Eventually, after working for years trying to understand Candidiasis, Linda began to put together a new approach that she hoped with permanently end her health problems. It took around a year of refining and modifying her new idea, but Linda eventually arrived at her final plan. When she did, Linda put her new therapy into practice to see how she would respond. Shortly after doing this, Linda found her yeast infections went away extremely fast. And, as the weeks went by, her yeast infections stayed gone. Additionally, Linda’s general health began to normalize and, for the first time in a long time, she felt great again. Eventually Linda concluded, due to her freedom from infections and amazing health, that she had cured herself!
Linda went on to let others try her therapy, and these people would all see the same powerful results. Given such success, Linda has written an extensive, comprehensive book which details her unique therapy and shows anyone how to get rid of their Candida problems for good. Linda guarantees her approach will totally wipe out any symptoms of a yeast infection in just 12 hours time. And, after a few weeks, systemic yeast infections will also be totally knocked out for good—giving you back the good health yeast had stolen from you.
Linda’s book is published by a large digital retailer; owned by the reputable U.S. based firm Keynetics Incorporated. Linda’s book is available as a digital ebook that can be downloaded instantly if you decide it's something you’d like to try out. Since Linda published her book in 2004, over 100,000 people from around the world have used it to see the same success Linda had. And, Linda also provides a 60 day, 100% money back guarantee on her book. So, if you decide to get it, and it didn’t deliver, you can quickly get all of your money back—and there is no need to return anything!
To discover more about Linda’s personal story and road to getting her health back, to find out more about others who used her book, or to see some of the bonus books she includes with her book, you can get more information at Linda Allen’s website.
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