How To Tell If You Have A Yeast Infection

By Emily Pisacreta

Someone asked us:

How do you know if you have a yeast infection?

Yeast infections are a kind of vaginitis caused by a fungus called candida albicans. If you have a yeast infection, you’ll usually have white discharge that’s thicker and chunkier than usual. You may also notice a white coating on the inside of your vagina. Itchiness, redness, and a swollen labia are some other no-fun signs of a yeast infection, too.

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If you have any of those symptoms and you’ve never been diagnosed with a yeast infection before, talk with your doctor or nurse. They’ll be able to tell for sure if what you’ve got going on is a yeast infection or if it’s caused by some other kind of infection. They'll also give you the right treatment.

If you’ve had a yeast infection before and your symptoms are the same, you can get rid of it with over-the-counter suppositories or creams from your local drugstore.

Yeast infections are not dangerous, they’re just uncomfortable and can take a handful of days to treat. But other kinds of vaginitis are both a bummer and can cause other issues, so if you don’t know it’s a yeast infection, or if the yeast infection treatment doesn’t work, talking with a doctor or nurse is important.

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