Yeast infection or vaginal yeast infection is experienced by women and refers to the overgrowth of yeast cells in ones vagina. Yeast is a kind of fungus generally present in small quantities in the vagina. The causes of yeast infection are very common place like stress, lack of sleep, illness, lack of hygiene, bad eating habits, consumption of drugs such as birth control pills, diseases, hormonal changes or even having your period.
This kind of an infection is easy to detect and easy to treat. Itchiness in the vaginal region and discomfiture while urinating are the most common of its symptoms. However, sometimes its symptoms may be caused by other more severe diseases. Your doctor will guide you through the steps you need to take to treat your present condition and also to prevent any further such infections.
Top Symptoms For Yeast Infection
Itching Or Soreness
Yeast infection causes severe itching in your vagina and the region around it. It may also cause swelling in and around your vagina which leads to soreness and cracks on your skin. The major cause of this itching is inflammation caused due to overgrowth of the yeast cells in the vaginal area.
Cottage Cheese Like Vaginal Discharge
Yeast infection sometimes leads to white lumpy discharge from the vagina. This kind of discharge has no odour, looks like cottage cheese and generally occurs a week before your menstrual cycle. This caused due to the overgrowth of fungus in the vagina.Yeast infection is one of the most common infections experienced by women. Many women even have recurring yeast infection, that is, as many as four infections within the span of a single year.
Recurring yeast infections must not be ignored.You must consult your doctor immediately for advice as to how to avoid these infections and also to detect their underlying cause. If you have yeast infection and are pregnant, or under twelve years old or if you have diabetes or any other condition that makes your immune system weak, you must visit your doctor. Even though this infection seems trivial it can lead to some very serious problems.
Experiencing Pain While Urinating
You may also experience a burning sensation while urinating. Pain may also be experienced during sex. The scale of the pain varies from person to person. This pain is mostly due to the rashes and inflammation that occurs in the vaginal region.
Rash in the vagina and vulva region is another common symptom of yeast infection. Rashes such as these cause redness and burning in the vaginal area. These are caused due to bacterial infections.
However, these symptoms are sometimes confused with symptoms caused by other serious diseases like contact irritant or an inflammatory condition or even a sexually transmitted infection (STI) like Chlamydia or gonorrhea. Personal hygiene goes a long way in preventing this disease. But for a proper list of dos and don’ts you must consult your doctor.
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