Vaginal yeast infections are easy to treat, but it is very important to see a doctor for examination if you think you have an infection. Yeast infection symptoms are similar to other vaginal infections and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Symptoms of vaginal yeast infections include burning, itching, thick, white discharge etc.
What is a vaginal yeast infection?
A vaginal yeast infection is an infection of the vagina that causes itching and burning of the vulva, the area around the vagina. It’s caused by an overgrowth of the fungusÂ Candida. Women and girls of all ages can get vaginal yeast infections.
Vaginal yeast infections are rare before puberty and after menopause.
A womanâ€™s risk of yeast infections is high if:
1. You areÂ pregnant
2. You haveÂ diabetesÂ and your blood sugar is not under control
3. You use a type of hormonalÂ birth controlÂ that has higher doses of estrogen
4. You use vaginal sprays
5. You recently took antibiotics medicines
6. You have a weakened immune system.
The most common symptom of a vaginal yeast infection is extreme itchiness in and around the vagina.
Other signs and symptoms include:
Burning, redness, and swelling of the vagina and the vulva
Pain when urinating
Pain during sex
A thick, white vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese and does not smell bad.
How is a yeast infection treated?
Yeast infections are usually treated with antifungal medicine. Antifungal medicines come in the form of creams, tablets, ointments, or suppositories that you insert into your vagina. However avoid self medication, as you run the risk of worsening your condition. Make sure that you have a vaginal yeast infection and not another type of infection by visiting your doctor. A careful examination by the doctor will determine the infection and an effective course of treatment.