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How to Confirm a Yeast Infection

Jul 30, 2008
A yeast infection, medically known as candidiasis, is a very common condition in women all over the world. In fact, 75% of all the women of the world suffer from a yeast infection at some point or other in their lives. The condition is caused due to infection from a microbial fungus known as Candida albicans which infects the vagina in females. For this reason, it is also called as vaginitis. Yeast infections are quite common in women, but these are not the only kinds of infections that can occur. The yeast infection is quite closely related with other kinds of female infections such as atrophic vaginitis, bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis.

Yeast infection can be a very troublesome condition for the female and can even impair normal living. Women with yeast infections are not advised to participate in sexual activities because of the contagious nature of the infection. This is why they have to abstain as they are getting treatment from this condition. In addition, there are a whole lot of restrictions such as they should avoid bathtubs and douches, they should not apply irritants on the infected area, they should refrain from wearing undergarments for some time, etc. Hence, though yeast infections are not very serious health conditions, they can definitely influence the normal living of the woman in significant ways.

Because this disease is contagious, it becomes very important to identify a yeast infection. The following is a list of the symptoms of this condition, which you can use as tests for confirmation.

The first symptom is that there will be itching and irritation in the vaginal area. This will begin as a mild irritation at first, but will soon increase to more severe itching.

The discharge from the vagina will undergo some definite changes. There will be a definite change in the color of the discharge. In some time, even the odor of the discharge will change. Most women who have a yeast infection will find that the amount of discharge from their vagina has decreased. The discharge will become quite distinct - it will become white and thick, which will look much like runny cheese.

There will be a type of rash developed on the vaginal area. These rashes will soon begin to have a very definitive odor. This can be taken as a confirmatory test, because the odor strongly resembles that of moldy bread. You must remember that yeast is a fungus, just as molds are.

Another definite confirmatory test of a yeast infection is if you find pain during sexual intercourse in the area that has developed the rashes. This indicates that a yeast infection has indeed occurred. You will also experience a similar kind of pain in the area during urination. Though pains can occur due to other reasons also, yeast infection pains are quite distinct and accompanied by rashes.

In some severe cases of yeast infections, there could also be some mild bleeding from the vaginal area.
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