- How to Spot Yeast Infection Signs
- By:Blake Allen
Many women want to know how to spot yeast infection signs because they know that they will experience a yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. While symptoms can vary on level of discomfort based on the extremity of the infection, the major signs are always the same.
Firstly, there is an abnormal discharge from the vaginal area. While a healthy vagina will have a discharge that is clear and odorless, when infected it can become thick and whitish or yellowish in color. It also will have a distinct odor.
While the smell varies from woman to woman, when suffering from a yeast infection, the discharge is frequently described as smelling 'yeasty'. The second major sign is a burning or itching sensation in the vaginal area. Because of the over abundance of yeast in the area, the vulva becomes red and irritated. This leads to the uncomfortable sensations that can increase at times, specifically when urinating.
As mentioned previously, yeast infection signs can be heightened based on the extremity of the infection. A severe yeast infection can be quite debilitating. Even the most undemanding everyday activities can become difficult and uncomfortable.
When irritation is at its worst, walking can become a grating task. While topical creams found in pharmacies can sooth the skin irritation, it will not cure the yeast infection. Though it helps to calm the irritated vaginal skin, it does not work towards treating the cause of the infection itself.
Now that these common yeast infection signs have been discussed, it is important to focus on how they can be cured. If topical creams only provide temporary relief to the vaginal irritation, how can a more permanent result be reached?
First it is important to understand what causes the actual yeast infection. To quickly summarize, yeast infections occur when there is too much Candida yeast in the vaginal area. Many factors can contribute to this abundance.
For example, many foods can contribute to the level of yeast production in the body. There are also many medicines that can harm or kill bacteria in the body that naturally fight off the yeast and keep it under control.
Also, certain hygiene practices and clothing choices can increase the level of yeast by creating an environment in which it is more easily able to multiply.
The bottom line is that in order to treat the cause of yeast infection signs it is necessary to focus on ridding the body of the abundance of Candida yeast that causes the irritation. By learning how to control yeast production through various lifestyle and environmental changes, it is possible to gain long term relief from this uncomfortable infection.