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How To Recognize Signs Of a Yeast Infection

Recognize the signs of a yeast infection so you can get the treatment you need.


  • Step 1: Note any pain during urination. Cleanse the area thoroughly after urination to avoid further infection.
  • Step 2: Contact your gynecologist if you are unsure about your symptoms, or if your symptoms continue after taking over-the-counter medicine. They can write you a prescription that can heal your infection in no time.
  • FACT: About 75 percent of women have a vaginal yeast infection during their lifetime.
  • Step 3: Note any pain during intercourse and discontinue immediately. Discomfort during sex is a common sign of a yeast infection.
  • TIP: Pharmacies sell kits that can tell you if you have a yeast infection or something more serious.
  • Step 4: A common sign of a yeast infection is itching, but avoid scratching. Soak a towel in warm water and hold it between your legs for a few minutes.
  • TIP: Use an over-the-counter anti-itch cream for temporary relief.
  • Step 5: Notice vaginal discharges. Yeast infections usually omit a discharge that is thick, white, and cottage cheese-like with no odor.
  • Step 6: Inspect your vaginal area with a small mirror. An infection will cause the skin on the vaginal opening to be red and irritated.

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