Symptoms of yeast infection often mimic the symptoms of various other urinary tract infections. A good knowledge of these symptoms is helpful in applying an elimination checklist to narrow down the range of possible bugs or infective agents.
The checklist doesn’t confirm but can give a good estimate that symptoms are more than likely due to a yeast infection based on the number of matching symptoms shown. Without an official medical diagnosis this exercise is necessary before applying home or natural yeast infection remedies that could prove to be wrong therapy against other types of pathogens with similar symptoms of yeast infection.
These Are The Early Symptoms of Yeast Infection That Should Raise A Red Flag
1) The primary symptom of a vaginal yeast infection in women is severe itching in and around the vulvar area. The itching may be sporadic(i.e. comes and goes) but can become severe and persistent enough to prevent walking due to pain and discomfort caused from inflammation and friction on the vulva and labia.
The itching is often accompanied by a burning sensation during urination. Acidic urine irritates the inflamed area. A distinction between the itching and burning symptoms of yeast and other urinary tract infections can often be made by noting where the irritation exists. For the most part, yeast create irritation to the external(outer) vulvar area while most other urinary tract infections will irritate the internal(inner) tract.
2) Another symptom of yeast infection that is often evident is redness and soreness in the vulvar area. This redness and soreness eventually makes the area so sensitive that sexual intercourse becomes painful and uncomfortable.
Anti-inflammatory medication e.g. Hydrocortizone (topical), Cataflam (internal) and painkillers e.g. Aspirin may relieve this use of lubricant gels and cosmetic creams may ease pain due to friction but can delay healing by producing a negative irritant effect and act as a barrier to the action of appropriate anti-inflammatory and antifungal treatments.
3) A thick discharge that resembles cottage cheese is the next significant symptom. The discharge tends to be thick, white to pale yellow or clear in colour with a moldy unusual odor. It may have clumps or not. In many instances there is no sign of any discharge symptom but that does not mean that the infection is not present and active.
This symptom is not always present but arises more commonly based on immune status and the acuteness of the infection. This problem should never be addressed with cosmetic or fragrance preparations.
4) In the event of oral candidiasis the obvious symptoms of oral yeast infection are white patches that form on the hard and soft palate and tongue and possibly other areas of the oral cavity such as the inner cheeks. In some cases the thrush or yeast may invade as far as the throat and oesophagus to produce symptoms of chronic and persistent dry coughing.
5) Symptoms of yeast infection in men are not discussed as often as symptoms in women because chronic genital infection is more common in women due to the design of female genitalia, hormone system (Estrogens) and biochemistry (Vaginal pH and bacterial count) which makes women more vulnerable.
Furthermore it is common for the average healthy woman to carry a passive natural flora of Candida Albicans yeast in the vagina but not so for men and the penis.
The problem that arises here is that men can carry the infection on the Glans or foreskin often without obvious symptoms and act as carriers to produce infection symptoms of yeast infection in men tend to be itching and a fine red rash on the areas previously mentioned.