Yeast infections, also known as candidiasis, are usually not considered serious and can be easily treated with over-the-counter or prescription antifungal medications. However, if left untreated or if the infection recurs frequently, it can cause discomfort and may lead to complications.
In women, yeast infections can cause symptoms such as itching, burning, and a white, clumpy discharge. In men, yeast infections can cause itching and a rash on the penis. If the infection spreads to the bloodstream, it can cause serious complications, particularly in people with weakened immune systems.
It is important to seek medical attention if you experience recurring yeast infections or if you have symptoms that are severe or last for a long time. Your healthcare provider can help you determine the underlying cause of the infection and recommend appropriate treatment. Additionally, taking steps to prevent yeast infections, such as avoiding tight-fitting clothing and maintaining good hygiene, can help reduce your risk of developing them.