If you’re dealing with itching, soreness or redness in the vaginal area or a thick, white vaginal discharge, you may have a vaginal yeast infection. But a range of other conditions can also trigger these uncomfortable symptoms. This can make self-diagnosis tricky.
Here’s how to recognize whether your symptoms stem from a yeast infection or something else. Plus, how Dr. B can help you find the right vaginal yeast infection treatment online with a hassle-free virtual health assessment.
A yeast infection is a common fungal infection. It happens when Candida—a naturally occurring family of fungi—grows excessively and upsets hormonal balance. Vaginal yeast infections are the most frequent type of yeast infection. But they can also occur on other parts of the skin, throat or mouth and on or around the penis.
Yeast infections can occur at any time and are not always triggered by a specific source or event. But certain factors increase the odds. These increased risk factors include having a weakened immune system, pregnancy, diabetes and the use of antibiotic medications or birth control pills.
Not everyone experiences vaginal yeast infection symptoms. But the most common symptoms include:
Severe symptoms from complicated yeast infections include vaginal soreness or sores in and around the vagina. If you experience these symptoms, you’ll want to treat the yeast infection as soon as possible. So contact a medical provider immediately.
People who aren’t sexually active can get yeast infections—so they aren’t officially considered a sexually transmitted disease. Symptoms can be confused with those of STIs. (More on that below.) But yeast infection can be passed on or triggered by sexual activity.
Both people with vaginas and people with penises can get yeast infections. The latter is less common. But an estimated 15% of people with penises who have sex with an infected partner will then experience yeast infection symptoms.
On top of this, a yeast infection can cause pain during sex. Penetrative sex may worsen inflammation, cause a burning sensation and potentially increase infection time. So on top of taking a prescribed suppository or pill for yeast infection, consider abstaining from sex until your infection clears.
A painful, itchy vagina and thick or thin white discharge are symptoms of several vaginal conditions. This makes misdiagnosis common—only about a third of people who self-diagnose a vaginal yeast infection actually have one.
Conditions commonly confused with yeast infections include:
You may assume you have a yeast infection if you’re experiencing itching and vaginal discharge. But these symptoms can also belong to other vaginal infections. And they all require different treatment plans.
Trying to figure out which infection you have? Here’s what to look for.
Dr. B treats 25+ conditions, including vaginal yeast infection, BV, UTI and genital herpes. So we can help you find the proper treatment plan right from the comfort of your home.
Just fill out a health assessment. A licensed medical provider will review your treatment. If they determine that an online yeast infection prescription is appropriate, they’ll send it to your preferred local pharmacy.
Dr. B’s consultations are only $15—and we offer a No-Cost Care program for those who financially qualify. So don’t delay. Get started on the road to recovery today!
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