A yeast infection is caused by Candida Albicans, a fungus that lives on all of us and is controlled by the good bacteria also living there. Kept under control its numbers are usually harmless, but if able to overgrow, (for reasons that will be looked at in depth elsewhere) it causes a yeast infection. This is something that everyone may have to deal with at some point in their life, men and women, nor is it limited to a certain age group, it can happen at any time.
Since the key to dealing with a yeast infection is to detect it early it is vital that everyone be more knowledgeable about the yeast infection symptoms that occur. Though these can differ between cases there are some common ones people can look out for. This article has split up the types of common yeast infections and will outline the signs for each type of infection.
A yeast infection thrives in areas of the body that have a moist, warm and dark environment. Therefore we will look at vaginal yeast infection symptoms, Oral and Throat symptoms, Penile yeast infection symptoms, Intestinal and Intertrigo (skin infection) symptoms.
Common symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection:
- Itching of the vulva and vagina. Usually starts as a mild problem and then becomes more severe and impossible to ignore as the infection is left untreated and so worsens.
- A burning feeling. This can be a general burning sensation or could also include a burning feeling when urinating. To distinguish the difference between the urinary burning of a yeast infection and the burning of a urinary tract infection concentrate on when the burning happens. If it happens as the urine comes out and passes over the sensitive raw skin around the vagina then this is the yeast infection symptoms. If it burns while the urine travels down the tube before it even starts to come out, then this is a urinary tract problem.
- Vaginal swelling
- Pain during sex. It is a wise course of action to abstain from sexual intercourse during a yeast infection as it can be passed on to your sexual partner, and they may then pass it back to you creating a nasty cycle.
- An unusual odor. Note here if the odor is fishy this is a symptom of bacterial vaginosis not of a yeast infection. Both ailments have similar symptoms.
- An uncommon discharge. This is described as cottage cheese like and can vary in terms of consistency from watery to thick. Its color can range from white to grey to yellowish.
Moniliasis is a type of vaginal yeast infection. Its symptoms are much like the Candida infection and include:
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Irritation and itching of the vagina
- A swollen and red vulva
- A white thick discharge
Oral Yeast Infection Symptoms (Covering mouth and throat yeast infection)
- White patches in the mouth and or throat.
- The white patches can be lifted to show lesions beneath and bleed easily. (Avoid doing this apart from once to confirm diagnosis as this can spread the infection further).
- Pain or discomfort when eating and swallowing.
Penile Yeast Infection Symptoms
- A rash
- Redness and swelling
- Pain during sex or even sexual dysfunction
Balanitis is a form of male yeast infection and its symptoms include:
- Severe itching
- Redness and blisters on the head of the penis and around the foreskin.
Common symptoms of Intertrigo (skin yeast infection)
- Between the fingers peeling skin
- Above the cuticles of the nails, swollen nail folds
- In the folds of the skin a pink rash that is shiny with a blistered or scaly edge
- Red skin that is inflamed and painful and can have pus
Intestinal Yeast Infection Symptoms
- Itchy anus
- Poor memory
- Mood swings
- Flu like symptoms