What are yeast infection symptoms? We know a little yeast is normal, but a lot can become quite a problem.
The existence and growth of yeast in a woman’s more sensitive areas is quite common. At least 20% of women have yeast naturally occurring in their systems. There is only a problem when the fungal growth gets out of control and becomes an infection. This is a very common occurrence with approximately 75% of women experiencing a yeast infection at some point in their lives.
A yeast infection is not an STD, but some of the symptoms like the burning, itching, pain during intercourse, burning urination and vaginal discharge are similar to symptoms of several STD’s. The discharge associated with yeast infection is usually odorless an opaque yellowish color about the consistency of cottage cheese.
There are several factors that can cause a yeast infection. Most of them occur when the natural balance in the woman’s system is disrupted. Anti-biotic, for example, can cause a yeast infection when they wipe out the good bacteria in the vagina that usually manages things down there. Immune-suppressant medication can have similar effects.
Other factors that can elevate the likelihood of yeast infections include: pregnancy, diabetes, irregular immune systems, use douche or feminine sprays and vaginal injury.
The itching and burning can be quite uncomfortable, but relief is fairly easy to come by. There are many over the counter options, and for women who experience frequent yeast infections these anti-fungal creams are second nature. It is always important however to consult with your doctor. It is true that yeast infections alone are not a big deal, but some times they are just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Yeast infections can be a symptom indicating a bigger problem. The most common being an STD like Chlamydia, bacterial vaginosis or gonorrhea.
Treatments for yeast infections include topical creams, and oral medication. If it is discovered that the yeast infection was result of other medical concerns then further treatment for those conditions may be necessary.
Some women find certain life style changes like eating more yogurts or wearing clothing that allows that area to breathe a little help to prevent reoccurrence of yeast infections. If you have yeast infection symptoms, prompt treatment is important in keeping things from getting worse.