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What Are the Symptoms of a Yeast Infection?

Common symptoms of a yeast infection include itching and burning of the vagina and vulva and a white discharge that can resemble cottage cheese. Yeast infections are very common, as about 75% of women get at least one infection at some point in their lives and about half of women have two or more yeast infections.

What Other Common Symptoms Could I Experience?

Additional symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection include:

  • Redness or swelling of the vagina and vulva
  • Pain during urination
  • Pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • General soreness in the vaginal area
  • Watery vaginal discharge

What Are the Signs of a Complicated Yeast Infection?

Most yeast infections are only moderately uncomfortable. These are also easy to treat. You can even handle them with over-the-counter medications. However, you may experience a complicated yeast infection that is more uncomfortable and difficult to treat.

You may have a complicated yeast infection if

  • You are pregnant
  • You have a weakened immune system
  • You have uncontrolled diabetes
  • You get four or more yeast infections every year
  • Your yeast infection is the result of a fungus other than Candida albicans
  • You experience severe symptoms that lead to sores or vaginal tears

What Should I Do If I Have Symptoms of a Yeast Infection?

If you have a common yeast infection and you’ve experienced this issue before, you can generally treat it with an over-the-counter suppository or antifungal cream. If this is your first yeast infection, you have symptoms of a complicated yeast infection, or you’re not sure about the diagnosis, you should visit your local medical provider. You should also see your medical provider if over-the-counter treatments do not work.

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