Yeast Vaginitis (cont.)

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What are vulvitis and vaginal yeast infection symptoms and signs?

Vaginal yeast infection and vulvitis cause symptoms that are nonspecific, which means that aside from the yeast infection, other conditions can cause the identical symptoms. The most common symptom of a vaginal yeast infection is itching in the vaginal and/or vulvar area. Other symptoms of vaginal yeast infection and vulvitis include:

  • burning,
  • soreness,
  • pain during intercourse and/or urination, and
  • vaginal discharge. (Vaginal discharge is not always present, but when it occurs, the discharge is odorless and typically has a whitish, thick appearance and texture, like cottage cheese.)

Vulvitis can also cause local pain in addition to the above symptoms. Pain in the vulvar area is referred to as vulvodynia.

What about recurrent yeast infections?

A recurrent yeast infection occurs when a woman has four or more infections in one year that are not related to antibiotic use. Recurrent yeast infections may be related to an underlying medical condition such as impaired immunity and may require more aggressive treatment.

What other vaginal infections have similar symptoms as a yeast infection?

Infections other than yeast can cause similar symptoms of a yeast infection and may be confused with a yeast infection. These include bacterial vaginosis, Chlamydia, Trichomonas, and gonorrhea. If symptoms of a yeast infection are not eliminated by over-the-counter products, women should see their doctor for evaluation. Likewise, if a woman is not sure that her symptoms are in fact due to a yeast infection, she should seek medical advice.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/22/2014

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