Symptoms Of Yeast Infection In Women

Detail of vaginal wet mount in candidal vulvovaginitis

Detail of vaginal wet mount in candidal vulvovaginitis, showing slings of pseudohyphae of Candida albicans. A chlamydospore is visible at left. By Mikael Häggström (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Some medical practitioners and specialists think that three out of four women will get a yeast infection at some time in their life.  This is not unusual, because yeast lives on the skin around the vagina. It can grow out of proportion if there is an unhealthy balance of the natural bacteria that grow around this area of a woman’s body.

Detecting vaginal yeast infection symptoms can be confusing for some women. In fact, studies indicate that only 11 percent of women who have never suffered from this infection can identify yeast infection symptoms. Only 1/3 of those who thought they had a yeast infection actually had contracted an infection. This confusion results from the fact that yeast infection symptoms can be similar to the symptoms of other forms of infections.

What are the yeast infection symptoms in women to watch for?

The symptoms of yeast infections are obvious because they are uncomfortable. Some of the common symptoms are itchiness around and inside the vagina, pain during sex and while urinating, swelling of the vulva and the vagina which leaves a burning sensation, and a white cheese-like vaginal discharge. These symptoms can point to other infections and diseases as well, so you should contact your doctor for advice if you are experiencing them.

Note that yeast infections are not sexually transmitted. However, sex can create an imbalance in the growth of healthy bacteria, increasing the risk for yeast overgrowth. Studies also show that yeast thrives in wet, warm environments, and specialists advise that those with regular episodes of yeast infection should avoid hanging out on wet suits. Yeast infection can happen easily when hormone levels are altered. So, women who constantly change their birth control pills are very prone to this infection. Antibiotics that kill healthy bacteria in the body can also increase the risk of yeast infection as well. Type 2 diabetes patients, with uncontrolled sugar levels, are also susceptible to yeast infections. Women with weak immune systems, such as HIV patients,can easily get the infection as well,

Some medical specialists advise that women should avoid douches. Yes, the vagina is a “self-cleaning oven” and doesn’t need perfumes, douches, and scented gels to stay healthy and clean. On the contrary, some cleaning products can kill the healthy bacteria around and in the vagina, exposing consumers to the risk of getting a vaginal yeast infection. Using natural products to clean one’s vagina and avoiding products that can cause hormonal imbalances, or kill healthy bacteria in the vagina, can reduce the risk of having a yeast infection.

If you or a loved one are suffering from yeast infection symptoms, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible and have yourself checked out. There are some products that can also relieve pain while waiting to start treatment such as Clotrimazole. Vagisil is a cream that can bring a lot of relief to women suffering from the infection. Air is also a great healing agent, and it will dry the vaginal moisture that fuels the growth of yeast.

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