Yeast infection symptoms ranges from mild, moderate and severe. Yeast is normally present in the vagina but in smaller number. Symptoms occur if the number of yeast cells increases and severity of the symptoms corresponds to the number of yeast cells.
Symptoms of yeast infection are, itchiness, burning urination, redness of the affected area, pain during sexual intercourse, discharge with cottage cheese appearance and crusting of the skin. You should also check out the vaginal yeast infection signs and symptoms by dr eric bakker on his site yeastinfection.org as he goes way more indepth on the topic than my work.
Those women, who are yet at their initial stages of yeast infection, have mild itchiness and occasional feeling of burning urination. These mild attacks are not constant and occur in small bouts and many women don’t care about and ignore them. During this period if they have sexual contact with their partner, especially oral-vaginal contact, they may transfer the infection to their sexual partners.
If the woman ignores the mild symptoms, infection will progress and more troublesome symptoms will start to appear. Severity of itchiness and burning sensation increases and occur at lesser interval, finally don’t disappear at all and become constant. The vulva become red and edematous, sexual penetration becomes uncomfortable. Most of the women experience a vaginal discharge also, first which is watery and after sometime gives an appearance of cottage cheese.
If still she thinks that symptoms will disappear on their own and don’t get treatment and preventive steps then redness becomes extremely painful and crusting and cracking of the skin occurs along with oozing of blood and discharge. At this point the woman senses that there is something seriously wrong and she rushes to the doctor.
Complicated Yeast infection:
Yeast infection may spread to the other part of the body if it becomes complicated. In complicated cases, severe crusting, cracking and tearing of the skin at the affected area occur. The complications of yeast infection are rare but may occur in those women who deliberately ignore the infection for considerably longer period of time and have risk factors for them.
Women having any of the following condition are at risk of developing complicated yeast infection. Therefore, they should consult the doctor at earlier stages of infection.
- 1. If you are having recurrent yeast infections, i.e., more than four attacks of infection per year.
- 2. If you are pregnant, because hormonal changes in pregnancy favors yeast growth and immunity of the woman is low in pregnancy.
- 3. If you are diabetic or have any other chronic disease because in diabetes blood sugar is high which favor yeast growth and in chronic disease immunity is low.
- 4. If you are a chronic users of steroids because steroids suppress immunity
- 5. If you have untreated chronic vaginal yeast infection.
- 6. If you have some immune-suppressive disease such as HIV AIDS.
The earlier you get the treatment, the more effective will be the cure. Although yeast infection can be treated and prevented medically but don’t underestimate your yeast infection as it is associated with serious complications in long standing cases. Therefore, take some time out of your busy schedule and see a doctor if you notice any of the above symptoms.