Yeast infections come with a variety of symptoms and signals. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell whether you have one or not; you need to be on the lookout for the common yeast infection signs and, if you suspect that you may have an infection, it's best that you arrange for a checkup with your doctor.
Having a checkup with a medical professional is the best way of confirming whether you do or not have a yeast infection; your doctor will check you for yeast infection signs and prescribe appropriate medication where necessary.
If you know you have all or some of the common yeast infection signs, then you can also self-diagnose and purchase some over the counter medication for your infection. This is especially convenient if you've had an infection before, and so are familiar with yeast infection signs.
One potential problem with this is that, without the guidance of a trained medical professional, you may actually misdiagnose yourself. Taking medication for a yeast infection when you don't have one isn't a good idea; for one thing, it lessens the impact of any medications you may take for future yeast infections. As well, taking medication when it's not needed is likely to give you some unwanted side-effects (such as abdominal pain in the case of pills or suppositories, inflammation of the skin in the case of unnecessary creams and lotions).
These are both excellent reasons to make sure you're examined by a doctor if you have any of the yeast infection signs or symptoms. Symptoms of a yeast infection include intense itching of the affected area, a burning and tingling sensation, discomfort when urinating and during sex, and possible swelling of the area. You may also experience some abdominal pain and possibly a discharge.
For most people, the major problem with a yeast infection is the maddening itch that so often accompanies it. Fortunately, to get rid of the itch, there are several simple home remedies you can use: for example, painting the affected area with plain unsweetened yogurt. Alternatively, you can use aloe vera gel or juice.
Recurring yeast infections can signal more serious problems, like a weakened immune system. If you experience recurring yeast infection signs or signals, you should definitely make an appointment with your doctor and explain the problem. Although over 70% of women will experience a yeast infection at some point in her life, it's not as common to experience recurring infections; if you're plagued by recurring yeast infection signs, you should go and see your doctor.