As women, we tend to know our bodies inside and out, and it’s usually easy to spot when something isn’t quite right down there. There are many different vaginal infections you can get, for a whole host of reasons such as bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections. Here’s how to tell if you have yeast infection symptoms and how it should be treated.
What Is A Yeast Infection?
You can get a yeast infection almost anywhere in your body, including your vagina. A vaginal yeast infection is caused by a fungal infection that results in a discharge, intense itchiness of the vagina, and vulva, and irritation. Vaginal yeast infections are relatively common in women, and they aren’t considered a sexually transmitted disease. However, there is an increased risk of developing a vaginal yeast infection at your first time having sex.
Signs Of A Yeast Infection
Yeast infection symptoms can range from mild to moderate and can also vary with each individual case. Some of the signs of a yeast infection include:
- Extreme itchiness and irritation in the vagina and vulva
- Watery vaginal discharge
- A vaginal rash
- A burning sensation, particularly while urinating or during sex
- Swelling and redness of the vulva
- Vaginal soreness and pain
- A thick, white, odor-free vaginal discharge
How To Treat and Prevent A Yeast Infection
A yeast infection can typically be treated by taking an antifungal medication for 3-7 days. These are usually available in the form of a cream, tablet, suppository or ointment. You can also take steps to help prevent a yeast infection from developing, including avoiding the below:
- Douching as this removes some of your vagina’s normal bacteria that protect you from infection
- Tight-fitting pants and underwear
- Hot baths and hot tubs
- Staying in wet clothes for an extended time
- Scented feminine products such as pads or bubble bath