A yeast infection is something nobody wants to deal with, but it is a very common issue for women especially, though men can also get them. They are the result of a microscopic fungus that lives on many of us naturally, growing too much. At small numbers it is harmless and is kept low by our immune systems and good bacteria. Over a certain amount though can lead to a yeast infection which is recognizable by the symptoms it presents.
There are several symptoms that are common if you have a yeast infection, itching, redness, swelling, burning when urinating or when having sex and a discharge. A yeast infection discharge is usually the consistency of cottage cheese, and can vary in color from white to yellowish. It should not have an unpleasant odor though, if you have what you believe to be a yeast infection discharge and it has a nasty odor, this is more likely a symptom of a different vaginal infection and you need to visit a doctor to get a proper diagnosis, so that you can ensure you are getting the right treatment.
A yeast infection discharge does not happen in every case, but when it does happen is something that is embarrassing and frustrating to have to deal with. Change underwear frequently and make sure you are wearing loose clothing and that your underwear is made from cotton or another such breathable material. The fungus that causes a yeast infection, Candida Albicans is like all other fungi, it does best in places that are dark, warm and damp. (That is why the genital area and in particular the vagina is so prone to them). By wearing breathable materials the air circulates and keeps the region dry and less hospitable. That way you can prevent symptoms like the yeast infection discharge.
There are treatments available from your doctor or from a pharmacy that will soothe the symptoms and stop the yeast infection discharge. They are anti-fungal in nature and run from 1 day to 7 day courses. Alternatively there are natural remedies you can try such as raw garlic, tea tree oil or even applying plain live yogurt to the area. Different people have different results with the various options available so you will have to do some trial and error before you find what clears up your yeast infection discharge.
A final point to stress is though more common in women men can get a genital yeast infection as well, and experience similar symptoms. Therefore it is possible for a man to find he has a yeast infection discharge, which is much the same as a woman’s in consistency, and remember no smell, or perhaps a yeasty smell, but certainly nothing nasty. It comes from the glans or the head of the penis, and if a man has a yeast infection discharge he needs to get treated as soon as possible.