10 Yeast Infection Symptoms

By chelsea
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It's normal for a healthy vagina to have a small amount of candida yeast. However, sometimes yeast grows too much and causes a vaginal yeast infection, which is also known as vaginal candidiasis.

While these infections are commonly seen in women, men can get yeast infections, too. Yeast infection symptoms in men are generally different from those seen in vaginal infections.1Parenthood, Planned. ‘What Is a Yeast Infection?: Symptoms, Signs and Causes.’ Planned Parenthood, www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/health-and-wellness/vaginitis/what-yeast-infection Although not a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, vaginal yeast infections can be caused by intercourse. The vagina can react negatively to another person's body chemistry, which may cause an imbalance leading to an overgrowth of yeast.

Itching and Irritation

Itching is a common symptom of a vaginal yeast infection. It can also occur with yeast infections affecting a man's penis or scrotum. Sometimes, itching is the only symptom a person experiences at first. If the condition is left unchecked, other symptoms such as burning may occur later. Some individuals may have burning or swelling from the beginning.

Although itchiness can be uncomfortable and aggravating, it's crucial to refrain from scratching. Scratching the genitals can lead to severe irritation, which may further exacerbate the problem. If a person scratches too much, it can cause rashes to form. In rare instances, these scratches can bleed.

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