Signs of a Yeast Infection for
women, men, and children include itching, burning, and white
clumpy discharge. It can happen during pregnancy, stress, a hospital
stay, or as a result of changing pH levels in your body. Technically,
yeast infections are called Candida albicans (Monilia) a member of
the yeast/fungus family. Canida infections can occur inside the
mouth, on the skin and more seriously inside the chest cavity or
esophagus just to name a few. If you or someone you know has these symptoms there is treatment and ways to prevent future occurrences.
These types of infections that occur in the mouth are called thrush. The tongue will become white in color. Depending on how severe the infection is, the thrush path on the tongue can be thin or thick and raised with a bumpy appearance.
Oral thrush is common in patients or people who have recently taken antibiotics in a hospital or who have a compormised immune system such as AIDS. The condition may also cause pain when eating. Even babies can develop an oral infection. Please see the baby yeast infection page for signs in children.
As most women will agree, the first signs start with itching in the infected area. This means there is an overgrowth of yeast. The intensity of vaginal itching will vary for each individual. An aggrigating itch that continues for days followed by whitish cottage cheese looking discaharge is suggestive of an infection. Scratching the area can provide temporary relief but also make things worse, causing irritation.
Normally, there is no strong vaginal odor associated with yeast infections. Some women confuse an misdiagnose vaginal yeast infections for other infections such as yeast vaginitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis (Trich), or bacterial vaginitis (BV). Please see the vaginal yeast infection page for more information.
Men can experience some of the same sympoms as women, including itching and discharge. The foreskin of the genetalia can also become painful. Because yeast can accumulate in various parts of the body, it affects men, women, and children all the same. Women natually prouduce yeast in the vagina which is why these infections are more common for females. Please see the male yeast infection page for more information.