It is vital that women be knowledgeable about the real yeast infections signs, as many misdiagnose themselves when they actually have something else. If they make the mistake of taking antibiotics this can cause them further problems with yeast infections in the future. Here are some of the more well known signs of a yeast infection, though there are plenty of others.
Smell and Vaginal discharge
There is often a discharge when a woman has a yeast infection, that is usually a faint yellow to a clear color. Along with the discharge there is sometimes a smell which some have said is much like beer or bread i.e. it smells yeasty. Others have said it smells of starch or there may even be no smell at all. The discharge has different consistencies from thick, like cottage cheese, to watery. Remember not every yeast infection symptom is the same for all women. If there is a discharge there will be a smell that is out of the ordinary. Know your body when it is healthy so that you recognize changes when they happen rather than waiting too long to do something.
Itchiness is the most common symptom of yeast infections and if there is no discharge there would be this. The itching can become very severe and there is also a burning feeling which are both around the vagina and vulva. Around the vulva can be swollen and red. The itching can even get to the point where it is difficult to move around and becomes painful. This can be dehabilitating and very uncomfortable for the sufferer.
The whole area of the vagina may feel sore and pain can sometimes occur when you are having sex or urinating. This happens because the acid in the urine touches the irritated skin outside.
These are the most common symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection. Should you experience any of them consult your doctor straight away. Though there are over the counter options it is always safer to seek professional help.
These are some of the most common yeast infection signs that you should be aware of. However, self-diagnosis is not very recommended; before drawing a conclusion, you should always consult a specialist.