Yeast Infection Symptoms - Common Signs & Symptoms of Yeast Infections

Yeast infection symptoms

Women with yeast infections may complain of a variety of symptoms including pain, vaginal and vulvar irritation, burning and inflammation.  The vagina and vulva may appear red and inflamed and they may report itchiness and discomfort in the vaginal area. Sometimes there may even be an abnormal odor. Sometimes activities like crossing your legs, bike riding or wearing tight clothes may be difficult for women who have a severe yeast infection. Intense itchiness may be very distressing as well. A creamy white, grayish white, discharge that is curd-like or cottage cheese-like may also be present.  Interestingly, about 15% of men may develop symptoms such as itching and a rash on the penis following sexual contact with a women who has a yeast infection. Symptoms for a male include: red patchy sores near the head of the penis or on the foreskin, intense itching, or an unpleasant burning sensation. It is uncommon for candidiasis of the penis to present with a white discharge.

Recurring yeast infections may be a sign of a serious medical condition including diabetes, leukemia or HIV infection.  Yeast may affect other areas of the body including the underarms, under the breasts, the mouth and in extremely rare case, it can lead to fungemia or systemic yeast infections which is very serious and often fatal.  This may be when yeast spreads throughout the body due to a weakened immune system.



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