Vaginal Yeast Infection Symptoms

What are the common symptoms of a yeast infection?

Sometimes the symptoms of a yeast infection are only slightly annoying. But even when they cause you a lot of discomfort, they're usually not serious and most are simple to treat.

When a "yeast infection" occurs, the body responds with:

  • an increase in vaginal secretions
  • secretions are generally thick and sticky (cheesy or curd-like, similar to cottage cheese), but odourless
  • secretions that are irritating to the tissues of the vaginal area
  • itching, redness, and swelling of the vaginal area
  • red spots or sores may develop, especially if the area has been scratched
  • soreness in the vagina
  • pain during sexual relations is common

Of course, it's important to differentiate between symptoms caused by a yeast infection and those caused by other vaginal infections. So if you have any doubt about your symptoms, talk to your doctor.

What should I do if my symptoms return?

Many women experience infections that come back. If your yeast infection returns within 2 months of finishing treatment, see your doctor. It's important to rule out underlying health problems that may make you more susceptible.

It could also be possible that you have a complicated yeast infection that needs to be treated more aggressively with antifungal medication under the care of a doctor.