Time to see a doctor
Thankfully, treating yeast infections doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming. In most cases, it can be treated with antifungals (pills, cream or gel), and it should clear up quickly.
If you’re experiencing some of the symptoms listed above and you’d feel more comfortable getting an official diagnosis, request a private consultation with one of our healthcare providers, and a virtual doctor will help you to better understand what you’re dealing with, all within the comfort of your own home. The sooner you seek out treatment for vaginal yeast infection, the sooner the symptoms will subside.
Vaginal yeast infections (also called yeast vaginitis or vaginal candidiasis) is a common infection that causes itching and irritation of the vulva, the outer lips of the vagina. This type of infection is usually caused by a fungus called “candida”. Vaginal yeast infections usually occur as infrequent episodes, but can recur frequently and may cause chronic persistent symptoms.
The most common symptoms of a yeast infection include:
- Itching or irritation of the vulva and around the vaginal opening
- Pain with urination
- Vulvar soreness or irritation
- Pain with intercourse
- Reddened and swollen vulvar and vaginal tissues.
- Some women have no abnormal vaginal discharge. Others have white clumpy (curd-like) or watery vaginal discharge.
Symptoms of a yeast infection are similar to a number of other conditions, including bacterial vaginosis (a bacterial infection of the vagina), trichomoniasis (a sexually transmitted infection), and dermatitis (irritated skin).
The fungus that causes yeast infections (named Candida) lives in the gastrointestinal tract and sometimes the vagina. Normally, Candida causes no symptoms. However, when there are changes in the environment of the gastrointestinal tract and vagina (which can be caused by medicines, injury, or stress to the immune system), Candida can overgrow and cause the symptoms described above.