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.
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.