The most common form of yeast (Candida albicans) which is also the one that is responsible for most of the Candidiasis, is found in different areas of our bodies and is “kept in control” by our immune system.
Only when certain factors are present, it starts growing rapidly and can cause an infection; since this infection could affect different areas and organs, its signs and symptoms often differ, however, the most common of them are itching, redness, and discomfort.
List of Female Yeast Infection Symptoms
Listed below are some of the most common signs of female yeast infection symptoms:
- Vaginal yeast infection typically causes irritation and itching of the vagina and the surrounding areas, and in approximately 20% of the cases, white discharge is present as well. Other possible signs are burning sensation when urinating and painful intercourse.
- Thrush (oral Candidiasis) leads to the development of white patches on the tongue, palate, and other areas in the mouth, but difficulty swallowing and pain could be present as well.
- Skin yeast infections cause rashes, which are red and with sharp edges; at times, one big rash is surrounded by smaller, “satellite” rashes. Itching and pain are also common.
- Candidiasis in men are more rare, but when they affect the genitalia, they normally cause dryness of the skin, itching and burning sensation around the penis, rashes in the genital area and the groin, and even painful intercourse.
Women and men with weakened immune system are at higher risk of complications and systematic Candidiasis. Patients with HIV and AIDS, people that have undergone organ transplants or cancer treatments have compromised immune system, which is often not capable of stopping the yeast overgrowth.
In many cases, an oral Candidiasis could extend down the mouth and reach the stomach; the yeast could also infect almost any organ in the body and the eyes, heart, and even liver could become infected. The signs and symptoms here differ, according to the infected area and could be serious and life threatening.
When the yeast infection enters the bloodstream, the patient might become feverish and if the infection reaches the brain, a change in the mental functioning and behavior could be seen.
Keep in mind that the list of the possible signs and female yeast infection symptoms is not full and you should always visit a doctor before you start any form of treatment. This is especially valid in the case of vaginal yeast infection, where similar symptoms could be caused by many other conditions, including some sexually transmitted diseases.
In the vast majority of the cases, using medications at home take care of the infection in less than a week, but systematic yeast infection and an infection of the organs could require long medical treatment.
Yeast infection prevention is still the best possible course of action and anyone could reduce the chance of becoming infected by adopting healthier diet, exercising regularly, avoiding wearing wet or tight clothes, reducing the number of the sexual partners, and avoiding unprotected sex.
Good personal hygiene is also important, but the most efficient way of protecting ourselves from almost any kind of infections is keeping our immune system strong!