Yeast infections are not fun, but unfortunately, most women experience one sooner or later. They can be both painful and unpleasant, but thankfully with the right treatment they can be over before you know it.
There are some subtle signs of a yeast infection you should keep an eye out for to make sure you’re ready to fight it.
Yeast infections can strike pretty much anyone — not just women. You might not realize it, but men can come down with them as well according to Healthline.
Even babies can get yeast infections, according to Baby Center. And they have a lot of different potential causes. Prevention noted that you might get a yeast infection from not changing your tampon often enough, from taking antibiotics, or from having sex with someone who has one (even though they aren’t actually considered a sexually transmitted infection).
Although plenty of home remedies are available to treat yeast infections, your best bet is to see a doctor to rule any other issues, according to Everyday Health. And luckily, yeast infections are fairly preventable.
One of the easiest ways to keep them away is to sleep without underwear once a week or so, according to Pop Sugar.
Here are nine symptoms to look out for if you think you might be developing a yeast infection.
› Vaginal Health
Vaginal yeast infections cause irritation, itching, swelling, and discharge. Most women will get an infection at least once in their life.
Vaginal yeast infections, also known as candidiasis, are a common female condition. A healthy vagina has bacteria and some yeast cells. But when the balance of bacteria and yeast changes, the yeast cells can multiply. This causes intense itching, swelling, and irritation.
Treating a vaginal yeast infection can relieve symptoms within a few days. In more severe cases, it may take up to two weeks.
Vaginal yeast infections aren’t considered a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Sexual contact can spread it, but women who aren’t sexually active can also get them. Once you get a yeast infection, you’re also more likely to get another one.