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Yes, you can have a yeast infection without discharge. Having vaginal itching without discharge is one of the best indicators you’ve got a yeast infection; however, although it’s one of the best, only about 40% of the time will these symptoms actually be caused by Candida. As we will discuss later, if you have had experience with a vaginal Candida outbreak in the past, you are going to be pretty decent at telling if you’ve got another yeast infection. Some of the predisposing factors to getting a yeast infection include past use of strong antibiotics, uncontrolled diabetes, and immune system weakness (such as brought about by cancer therapies, or the human immunodeficiency virus).
If you’ve tried something to get rid of your vaginal soreness and itching that was specifically an antifungal, and it didn’t seem to help, you may not have a yeast infection at all. That is why it is important to get a better understanding of your predisposition to Candida. Candida Hub has a test, based on one developed by the late Dr. William Crook, that can help shed some light on this area. There is a short test and a long test; you can decide which one you want to take. However, the longer test should produce more accurate results. If you’d like to check these tests out, you can do so here: Home Yeast Infection Test.
If you’re pretty sure you’ve got a yeast infection, you can find out a lot about natural therapies to treat this problem at Candida Hub. You can use the search bar towards the top of this page to look around for different natural remedies. Candida, especially when it thoroughly invades the digestive system, can cause more problems than vaginal Candidiasis. Feeling terrible all the time, generally spaced out, craving sugary food, getting sick often, and a host of other somewhat unspecific symptoms can be caused by Candida invading your body. Sometimes, a vaginal infection is just merely a hint that you have a more systemic problem with this yeast. By getting rid of the Candida in your body, you will be surprised how much better you feel. Many people with this problem have had their lives totally transformed for the better by curing their Candida problem. Also, we will discuss a natural, 12 hour cure for yeast infections at the end of this article.
The first study, utilizing 151 Kenyan women, explains the likelihood of a yeast infection to occur without discharge. The women in the study returned frequently to be examined and diagnosed for various vaginal infections. The study was published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases [199.12 (2009): 1883-1890]. Of the 151 women, 16 of them were found to have vaginal Candidiasis; these women were diagnosed in 26 visits. Of these 26 separate visits the symptoms the women were having were as follows: vulvar inflammation alone was noted in 3 visits, vulvar inflammation and vaginal itching alone in 3 visits, vaginal itching alone in 3 visits, unusual vaginal discharge alone in 6 visits, vaginal itching and vaginal discharge alone in 3 visits. Thus, 9 of the 26 visits had women with yeast infections without vaginal discharge. Thus, it is very possible to have vaginal Candidiasis and no discharge. Also, the study noted that women who had a vaginal yeast infection in the last 60 days were more at risk for developing a recurrent infection.
Another study also relates that a vaginal yeast infection can occur without causing discharge to result. The study was published in The Female Patient [22 (1997): 39-56]. The study states, as many others do, that self diagnosis is difficult; and, many women misdiagnose themselves frequently. According to the study, only about 66% of patients correctly diagnose themselves for a vaginal yeast infection. Of those women who get it wrong, 30% will have trichomoniasis, 52% will have no infection at all, and 18% will have another type of vaginal infection. But, it does state that yeast infection can occur and cause no discharge. Infact, vaginal itching without discharge is one of the highest indicators of Candida. In women who have itching without discharge, about 40% of these cases will be a result of Candida. Other symptoms that Candida can cause besides discharge include: vaginal redness, bumps with and without pus, vulvar swelling and inflammation, vaginal soreness, painful sexual intercourse, and painful urination.
Another study relates the probability of having a yeast infection without discharge. The study was published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections [75.6 (1999): 417-419]. The study was conducted on 234 women who were found, via vaginal culture, to have vaginal Candidiasis. Of these culture positive women, 68% were found to be symptomatic. The most common symptoms included vaginal irritation alone (in 27% of the cases), and vaginal discharge with vaginal irritation (in 25% of the cases). The study states that what other research has shown, vulvar irritation and vaginal discharge are the most common symptoms of vaginal Candidiasis. The study also presented a chart showing the frequency of symptoms in the culture positive women. Below is the chart taken from the study which relates the presence of a confirmed yeast infection without discharge as a symptom:
Another study also relates that a yeast infection without discharge is entirely possible; and, that many women without Candida can have similar symptoms to this vaginal malady. The study was published in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology [144.1 (2009): 68-71]. The study used 1050 different women; and, among this group, 215 women were found to be positive for Candida. Of these Candida positive women, 80% complained of vagina itching and this occured with or without discharge. 20% of the Candida positive women had only vaginal discharge; and, the discharge ranged in consistency to watery to homogeneously thick with little or no smell. Vaginal redness was also somewhat of an indicator of Candida overgrowth. However, it is interesting to note, many women with a negative Candida culture also related having vaginal itching with or without discharge.
Another study also made it clear that a yeast infection can happen without causing discharge. The study was published in Genitourinary Medicine [64.5 (1988): 331-334]. The study looked at the correlation of the amount of yeast in the vagina to the presence of symptoms. The study found that as yeast counts rise, so do the occurrence of symptoms. The study found that the non-pregnant women who had Candida living in their vaginas, and complained of symptoms, their complaints would be of vulvar and vaginal itching, vaginal discharge. Sometimes they would also have vaginal redness. Discharge was not necessary however, as women could have various symptoms yet not have vaginal discharge. The study also stated that some women, who harbored no identifiable pathogen in their vaginas, also complained of similar symptoms. The following chart was taken from the study and shows the relationship between the number of colony forming units (CFUs) of yeast detected in the vagina and the prevalence of various symptoms.
Correctly Diagnosing a Yeast Infection
It is true, there has been a lot of research on diagnosing vaginal Candida; and, even experts can have a hard time, without the aid of laboratory findings, telling what exactly common vaginal symptoms mean. Many other vaginal infections can cause similar symptoms; so, just because your itchy down there doesn’t always mean it’s a yeast infection. One study, published in Annals of Emergency Medicine [25.5 (1995): 587-591], analyzed the efficacy of diagnosing a yeast infection based on symptoms alone. The study related that complaints of vaginal itching, burning, and discharge are quite common; however, Candida will only cause around 20 to 30% of the infections that give women symptoms like these. The clinical criteria for a yeast infection used in the study included patient self diagnosis, swelling and inflammation of the vaginal area, cheese like vaginal discharge, and vaginal itching. Although not so reliable, the study did conclude that a patient’s self diagnosis of “another yeast infection,” and the absence of a watery vaginal discharge, were the best indicators of a yeast infection found by the study. So, if this isn’t your first yeast infection, you are probably pretty good at determining if you’ve got another one or not.
Linda Allen’s 12 Hour Candida Cure
Some women who are attacked by Candida do not see it go away easily. One such woman, Linda Allen, was one such victim of this nasty bug. Her problem started in her late teen years; after she got a sinus infection cleared up she found she came down with a yeast infection. As time went on, Linda was generally in bad health; and, as a result, her doctor kept prescribing her antibiotics to clear up her health problems. Despite the drugs, her general bad health kept plaguing her; and, all the while the strong antibiotics were paving the way for Candida to invade her body.
It wasn’t long before Linda started getting repeat yeast infections. While she struggled with this vaginal problem, she also always seemed to have headaches, colds, or some other health problem. Those around her were unsure about Linda’s constant visits to the doctor; they wondered if she had worse health problems than she was telling them. Linda kept making appointments with all kinds of medical doctors; and, along with buying the prescription drugs, it was costing her a small fortune. As the years went by, and her money got spent, she found she still didn’t seem to feel good. Fortunately, she eventually turned to a naturopath who explained her problem was actually Candida overgrowth. Although she didn’t get a permanent solution from the naturopath, Linda did begin to understand the root causes of her bad health.
After being frustrated by not getting a solution for her health problems from experts, Linda decided to start doing research herself into Candida and how it can be healed. Linda put in many long hours reading medical information on Candida; and, she talked with many experts on this subject. All the while struggling with recurrent yeast infections.
After making some logical conclusions, and deciding to look for the root causes of her Candida problem, Linda did make a breakthrough. She developed a system to address the underlying issues of Candida overgrowth and a way to naturally eliminate surface level infections. After employing this new treatment, Linda found she was rapidly getting better. And, as time went on, Linda found she fully recovered from Candida and got her health and vitality back!
Linda Allen has since published a book detailing exactly how to repeat her success; and, get rid of a yeast infection in just 12 hours. So, even if you aren’t facing a life altering systemic Candida problem, Linda’s method is one of the fastest natural treatments for yeast infections out there. Linda Allen even guarantees you’re yeast infection will be gone in about 12 hours time using her methods; and, backs up her book with a 60 day money back guarantee. And, since her book is available digitally, you won’t have to return anything if you do get your money back.
Linda Allen’s book is published by a large online publisher; owned by the U.S. based firm Keynetics Incorporated. If you’d like to learn more about Linda’s personal story, see some of the other books she offers free with her book, or see testimonies from others who have successfully used her book, you can find out more information at Linda Allen’s website.
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