What is a vaginal yeast infection?
Bacteria and yeast naturally grow in your vagina. However, due to certain factors, yeast (Candida) overgrowth might occur, resulting in a vaginal yeast infection or vulvovaginal candidiasis.
Signs and symptoms
The signs to know if you have yeast infection vary depending on the severity of the infection.
A vaginal yeast infection may start as mild to moderate, then become moderate to complicated.
Signs and symptoms of a mild to moderate vaginal yeast infection include:
- Intense itchiness and irritation around and inside the vulva and vagina.
- Inflammation and redness of the vulva and vagina.
- A burning sensation that is worse during intercourse or while urinating.
- Soreness, redness, and the appearance of rashes in the vagina.
- Watery or thick, white, and odorless vaginal discharge that resembles cottage cheese.
You might have a complicated yeast infection if you have the following symptoms:
- The usual symptoms of a complicated yeast infection are more severe, like extreme itching, irritation, and swelling of the vagina. Itching might lead to cuts, tears, and painful sores.
- You have recurrent vaginal yeast infections in a year, most likely about 4 to 5 times.
When to visit your doctor
Even though vaginal yeast infection is a common infection experienced by girls and women at least once in their lifetime, it still needs to be addressed.
That is why it is very important to undergo an OB-Gyne checkup regularly, even if it’s just a simple itch.