There are several symptoms that usually occur when an individual develops a yeast infection. Some symptoms are better indicators of a yeast infection than other symptoms, as some symptoms can have more than one health malady as a cause. Trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis (the most common vaginal infection in women of reproductive age), and yeast infections can cause vaginal itching. Bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections can both cause burning sensations during urination. As a result of the similarity in symptoms, women can sometimes misdiagnose the cause of their problems.
There are more symptoms that a yeast infection can cause besides vaginal itching and burning during urination. One of the most clear indicators of having a yeast infection is a white vaginal discharge with the consistency of cottage cheese.
Some symptoms that can show you that you have a yeast infection include the following symptoms:
- A vaginal discharge that is white in color and has a consistency like cottage cheese
- Feeling like your entire body is sick
- Having sensitivities to tobacco smoke and other chemical odors
- having cravings for sugar rich foods
- Feeling excessively tired when you normally would not
- Feeling pain or soreness in the vagina
- Women may experience burning sensations while urinating or during intercourse
- Experiencing vaginal itching and irritation in the vagina and at the vulva
- Experiencing headaches
- Feeling abdominal pain
- Having cramps and menstrual irregularities
Yeast Infection Risk Factors
Yeast infections are quite common, up to 75% of all women will experience a yeast infection in the course of their lives. Despite the ubiquity of yeast infections, there are a few things that will put you at more risk of having a yeast infection.
- Taking any type of broad spectrum antibiotic or tetracyclines
- Having elevated estrogen levels; this can be caused by pregnancy, estrogen birth control pills, or by estrogen hormone therapy
- Having excessive sugar in the blood due to uncontrolled diabetes
- Taking steroids by injection, orally, or by inhalation
- Having an impaired immune system due to HIV, undergoing chemotherapy, or undergoing radiation treatment for cancer
If you are unsure if you have a yeast infection, you may wish to consult a licensed physician for advice. Other vaginal infections are occasionally misdiagnosed by women as yeast infections.
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- Crook, William G. M.D., The Yeast Connection and the Women
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