Yeast infections are a fungal infection caused by Candida Albicans and appear in warm, damp and dark areas of the body such as the mouth, vagina, intestines and navel. They are not life threatening normally, unless it is an extreme case but they should not be ignored and left too long untreated. If that happens they can get worse and other health complications can arise. So for that reason it is important to be able to recognise whether you have a yeast infection or not.
The fungus Candida Albicans is on the body normally in small numbers and you do not notice it because at those numbers it is not a problem. But conditions can change which causes it to grow and then a yeast infection happens. This can be from hormonal changes, prolonged use of antibiotics, illnesses like HIV or Diabetes.
Symptoms depend on where on the body the infection is and can vary from person to person. Vaginal infections come with itching especially near the vulva, a thick white or yellow discharge almost like cottage cheese, a starchy or yeast smell, swelling, redness of the vulva and pain during sex and urinating.
Sometimes particularly because of the pain when peeing symptom, women think thay have a urinary tract infection and so the wrong treatment is taken. But you can tell the difference if you know what to look for. If the burning pain is when the urine touches the vulva then it is a yeast infection. If the pain is as the urine comes down the tube then that is more likely a urinary tract infection.
If you find your yeast infection symptoms also come with pelvic pains and a temperature then you really must seek out medical help straight away as this means the problem is becoming serious. It is also good to ask a doctor in case you are not sure about your symptoms because incorrect self treating can cause other health problems.