There are a wide variety of yeast infection symptoms that can occur and cause your quality of life to be diminished. The agony of the effects of yeast overgrowth are well known to some individuals who experience recurrent yeast infections. The type of symptoms that yeast causes is largely dependent upon what area of the body the yeast decides to inhabit. If you have yeast affecting your mouth, you can expect to see symptoms of oral thrush. If yeast has invaded your vagina, you will likely have the symptoms that are common with vaginal yeast infections.
Some of the symptoms of yeast infections include:
- Feeling itchy sensations and general irritation in the vagina and at the opening of the vagina.
- Having a swollen, red vulva.
- Having a vaginal discharge that has the consistency of cottage cheese.
- Being overly sensitive to various chemical odors and tobacco smoke.
- Feeling excessively tired and attacked by fatigue for no apparent reason.
- Developing headaches.
- Feeling various muscle aches.
- Having gastrointestinal problems like bloating, intestinal gas, constipation, and diarrhea.
- Having shaking occur when you are hungry or being irritable when you are hungry.
- Feeling a burning sensation while you are having intercourse or while you are urinating.
- Suffering from bouts of dizziness and not being able to keep your balance well.
If you are not sure if you have a yeast infection, it may be prudent to consult a licensed doctor before you attempt to treat yourself. If you are familiar with the symptoms of yeast infections, and have been diagnosed with one before, you may be capable of correctly diagnosing yourself with a yeast infection.
Being More Likely to Develop a Yeast Infection
Yeast infections are a very ubiquitous health malady and approximately 3 out of 4 women will develop a yeast infection during the course of their lives. There are some things that predispose you to having a yeast infection; knowing what predisposes you to having a yeast infection may help you take action to reduce your likelihood of having a yeast infection.
Some factors that can predispose you to having yeast invade your body include the following factors:
- Using broad-spectrum antibiotics
- Using estrogen birth control pills
- Taking steroids
- Undergoing radiation treatment
- Going through chemotherapy treatments
- Having the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)