Symptoms of yeast infection will differ depending on the individual. Both men and women can be affected by yeast infection, to differing degrees of severity. However, it is much more common in women, and the most common site for infection is in the vagina, so this article will concentrate on the symptoms for vaginal yeast infection.
By far the most common symptoms of yeast infection would be itching in the vaginal area, along with one or more of the following:
- General soreness in the vagina
- Swelling and redness
- Pain during sex
- Pain while peeing
- Burning sensation
- Thick vaginal discharge with no smell
In addition to the above symptoms, a yeast infection can also cause a generalised pain around the genital region (medical name for this is vulvodynia.) Not all sufferers will experience all of these symptoms – you don’t need to tick all the boxes to know that you’ve got a yeast infection.
Should I Go To The Doctor?
If you haven’t experienced the symptoms of yeast infection before, you should really see your doctor to check whether it is definitely a yeast infection or something else. There are some underlying conditions which could cause similar symptoms, so you need to make sure it isn’t anything else.
You should also see your doctor in the event that you:
- Are not sure whether you have a yeast infection or not
- Have tried using OTC remedies for yeast infection without making any difference
- You are experiencing other symptoms or severe pain
Vaginal Yeast Infection Diagnosis
When you see your doctor with a suspected yeast infection, your doctor will probably take a specimen to be sent for lab tests. The specimen will be analysed to check whether it is candida (yeast) or something else.
many women find that they experience recurrent yeast infections, and they will find it easier to recognise the symptoms of yeast infection. However if you’re not sure, it’s always best to see a doctor. If you’ve been suffering for many years with recurring infections, it may be time to consider alternative treatments for yeast infection.