Anyone who's had a yeast infection knows the unbearable vaginal itching it can bring -- an excruciating, almost painful, nearly constant sensation -- until you treat it. Other vaginal infections share some of the same symptoms, so only your doctor can make a diagnosis by running a lab test on sample fluid and cells from the vagina.
While a vaginal yeast infection is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, the symptoms of a yeast infection -- vaginal itching, burning, and discharge -- can be signs of an STD (sexually transmitted disease). See your doctor to be sure your symptoms come from a yeast infection and not a more serious condition, unless you've been diagnosed by a doctor before and you're absolutely sure this is another yeast infection. In that case, self-care for a yeast infection may be appropriate.
If you are showing signs of urinary incontinence or if your incontinence
problem seems to be getting worse, take stock of your medicine cabinet. Not for
a new remedy, but to find overlooked causes of incontinence, or the explanation
for your worsening symptoms.
Commonly recommended medications could be the cause of your incontinence, or
at least contributing to them.
Medications affect people differently, so one person with incontinence may
not notice worsening symptoms, while another person...
Vulvar and vaginal itching is the most common sign of a yeast infection. Often, it is severe and nearly constant. The discomfort and itching can spread from the vaginal opening to the labia and anus. Because yeast infection symptoms can affect the vagina and surrounding tissue (called the "vulva"), a yeast infection is technically called vulvovaginal candidiasis, or VVC.
Vaginal burning, soreness, redness, and inflammation of the vulva and labia are common, and may include swelling.
Unusual vaginal discharge can range from clear to white, and appear lumpy or curd-like. While the discharge, if present, may look "chunky" or "cheesy," it rarely has a strong fishy odor like other vaginal infections.
Painful urination caused by urine hitting the irritated vulva is a common sign of a yeast infection.
Painful intercourse results if the vulva is sore and irritated, making sex uncomfortable. Painful intercourse can be caused by a yeast infection or a variety of other conditions.
Men With Yeast Infection Symptoms
Up to 15% of men who have sex with a woman who has a yeast infection will develop symptoms. The most common signs of a yeast infection for men are a red rash on the end of the penis and itching. If your partner has any unusual symptoms such as itching, burning, or painful urination, he should see a doctor to rule out a urinary tract infection or other problem. Wearing a condom can help minimize his chances of getting a yeast infection.