There are a few things that can go wrong ‘down there’ and when a woman begins to feel dryness, burning or itching, the sensations are bound to raise the question of what’s causing them rather quickly. Since three out of four women will experience yeast infections in their lifetime, and since it’s one of the most common occurrences in vaginal irritations, chances are that the itching and burning are yeast infection symptoms.
But there are other things that can mimic yeast infection symptoms closely and you should know the difference to try and tell when you’re experiencing something easy to treat or a problem that may be a little more serious.
Standard yeast infection symptoms include itching, redness, burning, or swelling of the vaginal area, a white discharge that may resemble cottage cheese, dryness, irritation or pain during sexual intercourse, and a burning sensation when urinating. Some women experience most or all of these yeast infection symptoms, while some women only have one or two. There are also varying degrees – yeast infection symptoms can be very painful and extremely uncomfortable or they can be quite mild.
The causes of yeast infection symptoms can be related to birth control pills, antibiotics, sensitivity to soaps or douches, sexual transmission, pregnancy and diabetes. Any of these can upset the imbalance of the pH levels in the vagina, leaving you with the discomfort of itching and redness.
Pharmacies carry over-the-counter antifungal medications that are easy and quick to use and that will clear up yeast infection symptoms within three to seven days.
Be Sure You Have A Yeast Infection
While other vaginal problems can resemble yeast infection symptoms, there are some differences that can help you tell the difference. A bacterial infection will have greyish discharge that has a fishy odour, and over-the-counter medication for a yeast infection will not cure symptoms. Greenish-yellow discharge points to trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted disease.
Vaginitis resembles yeast infection symptoms in that there is burning, itching and redness but the causes are related to irritations from perfumed soaps, douches and bubble baths. Discontinuing use usually eases the symptoms of vaginitis rather quickly.
If this is your first time experiencing the discomfort of yeast infection symptoms, you do need to get a firm doctor’s diagnosis to out-rule anything else that could be the culprit. If you’re pregnant, you have even more reason to consult with your doctor before using over-the-counter medication for your yeast infection symptoms, as not all products are recommended or considered safe for pregnant women.