What are the symptoms of vaginal candidiasis?
Women who have vaginal candidiasis may experience itching and a thick, white discharge. They may notice redness and swelling around the vagina and may experience pain with urination or intercourse. The intensity of symptoms can vary from person to person.
Common symptoms of vaginal candidiasis
Common symptoms of vaginal candidiasis include:
- Itchy feeling in the vagina and the tissue around it (vulva)
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Pain or burning with urination
- Redness and swelling of the vulva
- Thick, white vaginal discharge that has a texture similar to cottage cheese
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
Vaginal candidiasis is rarely an emergency medical condition by itself. In people who have weakened immune systems, it is possible for the infection to spread into the bloodstream and cause invasive candidiasis, a potentially life-threatening condition. Also, other types of vaginal or pelvic infections may be mistaken for vaginal candidiasis. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:
- Bleeding while pregnant
- Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, palpitations
- High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, choking
- Severe abdominal or pelvic pain
- Uncontrolled nausea and vomiting
What is vaginal candidiasis?
Vaginal candidiasis is an infection of the vagina involving overgrowth of a yeast, or fungus, known as Candida. This yeast is normally present in the mouth, gut and vagina, as are a number of other organisms. If the balance of microorganisms is disrupted, as can occur with taking broad spectrum antibiotics, hormonal fluctuations, a... Read more about vaginal candidiasis introduction
What causes vaginal candidiasis?
Vaginal candidiasis is most commonly caused by Candida albicans, a type of yeast, or fungus, that is normally present in the mouth, gut and vagina. It can occasionally be caused by other species of Candida.... Read more about vaginal candidiasis causes
How is vaginal candidiasis treated?
Vaginal candidiasis is treated with antifungal medications. Several are available in the form of creams, suppositories and tablets that can be placed directly in the vagina. Some are available over-the-counter, while others require a prescription.... Read more about vaginal candidiasis treatments