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Common Yeast Infection Symptoms

Basic Signs of a Yeast Infection

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The symptoms of a yeast infection are typically brought on by the fungi Candida, most frequently the species Candida albicans, which are opportunistic pathogens.  Candida albicans lives inside approximately 80% of people and usually does not cause any adverse health maladies.  Candida albicans is a normal constituent of the microbiota present in the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, and female genital tract.  Unless conditions become conducive to the overgrowth of Candida, it is unlikely that Candidiasis will occur.  Despite their typically benign presence, mycosis brought about by yeast is quite ubiquitous.  Approximately 3 out of 4 women will develop a yeast infection during their lifetime.

The symptoms of a yeast infection depend largely on where the yeast infection has occurred.  It logically follows that a yeast infection of the mouth will not exhibit the same symptoms as a yeast infection of the vagina; although there will be some similarities.

Symptoms of Vaginal Yeast Infection

  • Vaginal yeast infections commonly produce a white vaginal discharge that is thick and has the consistency of cottage cheese.
  • Experiencing irritation and itching inside the vagina and at the vulva.
  • Redness and inflammation of the vulva
  • Experiencing a burning feeling while you are urinating or while you are having intercourse.

Symptoms of Oral Yeast Infections (Thrush)

  • White lesions that have a creamy appearance may appear on the inside of the mouth.  These lesions can have a cottage cheese like appearance.
  • White lesions on the inside of the mouth may bleed if they are scrapped.
  • White lesions on the inside of the mouth may continue to increase in size and in number.
  • A loss of the ability to taste food.
  • Having a feeling in your mouth that could be described as “cottony.”

Other Symptoms that can be Caused by Yeast

  • Having digestive problems like bloating, flatulence, cramps, diarrhea, and constipation.
  • Feeling unusually tired and plagued by lethargy
  • Feeling “spacey” or suffering from bouts of vertigo
  • Not being able to remember or recall information efficiently
  • Not being able to sleep well
  • Being overly sensitive to various chemical odors and tobacco smoke
  • Having body odors, such as foot odor or body odor, not go away despite washing these parts of the body
  • Suffering from headaches
  • Feeling sick everywhere in your body


Symptoms Sources:
  • Jeanne Marie Martin.  Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook, Revised 2nd Edition. (p.21)
  • William G. Crook.  The Yeast Connection and the Women


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