What are the Symptoms of Vaginal Yeast Infection?

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Feb 20, 2012

What are the Symptoms of Vaginal Yeast InfectionVaginal yeast infection is a common type of infection of the vagina. Most women experience vaginal yeast infection at some time. It is caused by a fungus known as Candida. The fungus candida albicans is normally present in the vagina, mouth, digestive tract, and on the skin, but it does not cause disease or symptoms. However, certain favourable conditions promote the growth of Candida albicans in the vagina and it may cause symptoms of infection. The signs and symptoms of vaginal yeast infection are non-specific that is many other conditions can cause similar signs and symptoms. Some other conditions which may cause symptoms similar to vaginal yeast infection are bacterial vaginosis (a bacterial infection of the vagina), trichomoniasis (a sexually transmitted infection), and dermatitis (irritated skin).

Common symptoms of vaginal yeast infection are:


  • Itching in the vaginal and/or vulvar area this is the commonest symptom of a vaginal yeast infection.
  • Burning and/or itching in the vaginal and labial area
  • Soreness
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Pain on urination
  • Vaginal discharge it may be watery, white discharge or a thick, white, chunky discharge (like cottage cheese). You may or may not have discharge, and the discharge is usually odourless.
  • Redness and swelling of the vulva—this is due to vulvitis.


You may or may not have all the symptoms. If you have symptoms suggestive of vaginal yeast infection consult your doctor to confirm the diagnosis and treatment.


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