By: Krystle Crossman
Yeast infections are a common occurrence for women. They can be treated with over-the-counter treatments or in more severe cases, medicine prescribed by a doctor. They can cause an uncomfortable itch as well as discharge and odor. The infection can be unpleasant but is generally easily treated. The Center for Disease Control is now warning about a new strain of yeast infections called Candida auris. This particular strain is resistant to antibiotics. It is responsible for the death of over 60% of the people who have been diagnosed with it.
This new strain of yeast infections has not yet come to the United States but the CDC believes that it could come here very soon. It is unclear at this time as to whether the people who have died while diagnosed with the yeast infection had other illnesses or if it was strictly caused by the yeast. The biggest problem that CDC researchers are noticing is that it is resistant to all of the normal anti-fungal treatments that are currently used for yeast infections.
Yeast infections generally come from the yeast Candida 1 which is always present in the [email protected] When there is too much yeast built up or when the pH levels in the [email protected] are imbalanced a yeast infection will occur. Symptoms will appear such as discharge and an itchy or uncomfortable feeling. An over-the-counter anti-fungal can cure the infection but sometimes prescriptions are needed. The Candida auris strain is resistant to these treatments. It is spread from person to person. It is also spread through contaminated surfaces, especially in hospitals.
The infection first appeared in 2009 in Japan but has since been seen in other countries such as Pakistan, India, South Korea, Venezuela, and the UK. The researchers with the CDC feel that there are more countries where the yeast infection is present but they do not have the tools to diagnose it and therefore are not reporting it.
It is recommended that you wash your hands regularly, change your underwear often, and make sure that if you have a yeast infection that doesn’t go away with normal treatment, see a doctor immediately. The CDC is also recommending that hospitals and doctor’s offices report any unusual yeast infections to minimize the spread of the infection.