The body has natural levels of yeast content. But when this accelerates and causes an overgrowth, it’s when an infection develops. The most commonly affected area is the vaginal area, as its moist and dark environment is ideal for yeast to grow.
Statistics say that at least 80% of women experience having yeast infection at one point in their lives, and about half of that go through this two to three times more. The condition is manageable and treatable, but having it can cause a lot of discomfort.
Common Symptoms Of Yeast Infection
You may suspect getting a vaginal yeast infection if you experience one or more of the following:
A vaginal rash
The swelling of the vaginal lips and vulva
A burning sensation when you pee
An uncomfortable pain when having sex
A cottage cheese like vaginal discharge. It has no odor but may be white or gray in color.
The symptoms may appear mild or severe, depending on the way your body reacts to the infection. In some women, the discharge may appear thinner or may, in fact, be absent.
If the discharge is accompanied by a strong odor, this is more of an indication of a bacterial infection, rather than a yeast infection.
What To Do If You Have The Symptoms
If this is your first time to experience a yeast infection, it’s best to go to a doctor or a health provider to get proper advice and diagnosis. A consult and check-up can help you learn more about why this condition has developed and what you can do to prevent it from happening again.
If these symptoms are not new to you, a visit to the doctor is still recommended. Even if you’ve been through this before and know what to do, not every infection is the same and there may be other conditions related to its development. It’s best to rule this out, for your peace of mind.
If you exhibit fever and pain in the pelvic area accompanied with any of these symptoms, the more you should see a doctor for treatment, as fever is your body’s way of saying that the condition is starting to become unmanageable, or the infection has advanced.
Pregnant women with vaginal yeast infection should also get treated right away, to avoid transferring the infection to the baby.
The Risk of Self-Medicating
Self-medicating may only worsen the condition. Even if you exhibit some of the symptoms, there may be other reasons why you have an infection. A proper diagnosis can address the root of the problem, and the doctor can guide you on how to managing this better.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that about two thirds of women turn to self-medication and use products or herbal remedies without a doctor’s recommendation even when they do not even have any yeast infection. There is a risk in doing this because the body can also grow to become resistant to anti-fungal treatment. This makes it harder to treat the condition, when it really matters.
The bottomline is, any time any of these symptoms appear, having this checked by a doctor is always the best way to go about it.