Yeast is commonly present on normal human skin and in areas of moisture, such as the mouth and vagina. In fact, up to 20% of women normally carry yeast in the vaginal area.
- Vaginal yeast infection (yeast vaginitis) and vulvitis cause symptoms that are nonspecific, which means that aside from the yeast infection, other conditions can cause the identical symptoms.
- The most common symptom of a vaginal yeast infection is itching in the vaginal and/or vulvar area.
- Yeast infection and vulvitis include: burning, soreness, pain during intercourse and/or urination, and vaginal discharge.
- Vaginal discharge is odorless and typically has a whitish, thick appearance and texture, like cottage cheese.
- Vulvitis can also cause local pain and pain in the vulvar area is referred to as vulvodynia.