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Vaginal Yeast Infections Signs and Symptoms

Vaginal yeast infections are caused by a fungus called candida albicans.  Vaginal yeast infections are very common; most women experience at least one yeast infection during the course of their life.  Vaginal infections are also caused by bacteria such as garnerella, other yeasts that are not candida such as leukorrhea, and parasites such as trichomonas.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of vaginal yeast infections below.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Vaginal Yeast Infections include:

  • Intense itching inside the vagina and in the vaginal area
  • Redness and irritation
  • A burning sensation while urinating
  • Thick white vaginal discharge which may be odorless or smell like bread or beer

If you are sure that what you have are signs and symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection, it is fine to use over-the-counter medication to treat it.  If the symptoms do not clear up after seven days, you’ll probably need prescription medication.

Diagnosis of Vaginal Yeast Infections

A diagnosis of vaginal yeast infections is most often done through a pelvic examination.  As well, a sample of vaginal secretions may be sent to the lab for analysis, to make sure that it is not some other type of infection.  If you’ve never had a vaginal yeast infection before, you should not assume that the symptoms are caused by the candida fungus.  You could have a more serious infection that will not respond to over-the-counter medication, for which you will need medical care.

Books For Women With Signs and Symptoms of Vaginal Yeast Infections

Vaginal Yeast Infection – A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
ICON Health Publications
Conquering Yeast Infections The Non Drug Solution For Men And Women
S. Colet Lahoz

Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook, Revised 2nd Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Prevention, Treatment & Diet
Jeanne Marie Martin
Chronic Candidiasis: Your Natural Guide to Healing with Diet, Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Exercise, and Other Natural Methods
Michael T. Murray

Vaginal Yeast Infections Resources

General Patient Resources

  • About . com

Vaginal yeast infections cause a variety of symptoms. Find out about the causes, symptoms, diagnois, treatment, and prevention of vaginal yeast infections.

  • Family Doctor . org

Learn about the symptoms and treatment of vaginal yeast infections.

  • Womens Health . gov

Signs and most common symptoms of vaginal yeast infection as well as recommendations for treatment options.

  • Medicine Net . com

Learn about vaginal yeast infection symptoms like vaginal burning, itching, soreness, discharge, and pain during sex and urination. Home remedies and treatment.

  • E Health Forum

Welcome to the Yeast Infection Forum – a health community featuring member and doctor discussions ranging from a specific symptom to related conditions, treatment options, medication, side effects, diet, and emotional issues surrounding medical conditions

Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatments, home remedies for vaginal yeast infections.

  • Web MD

Other problems (like bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis) can cause vaginal symptoms that may seem like a yeast infection. If you need help finding out which problem you have, see the Check Your Symptoms section of the topic Female Genital Problems.

  • Medline Plus

A service of the US National Library of Medicine.