How can you tell the difference between a yeast infection and a bacterial infection?

How do you know if you have an infection down there?

Yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis have nearly the same symptoms.

STIs (sexual transmitted infections) are also very close to the two health problems mentioned above in term of symptoms.

So, it really counts to have a clear idea what symptoms are associated with what health issue.

Because, each health issue has its own course of treatment.

Say, you try to treat a bacterial vaginosis the same manner you would treat a STIs (sexual transmitted infections) , that won’t work at all.

This article will show you the difference between the health issues mentioned above.

It will also cover some effective health remedies to treat a yeast infection, in case you became sure that’s the health issue you suffer from.

What is a yeast infection and what are its common symptoms?

This health issue is caused by an overgrowth of type of fungus called candida albicans.

This type of fungus is normally found in your vagina, and it doesn’t cause any harm unless it goes out of control.

Some external and internal factors may cause the yeast to grow out of control, and thus leading to the infection.

The External factors May Include:

  • Wearing tight clothes, this makes the vagina area moist and warm.
  • Taking an antibiotic, this is considered the first cause of candida overgrowth.
  • Using scented feminine products for a long time, such as tampons and pads.

Internal Factors May Include:

  • Uncontrolled blood sugar.
  • Pregnancy, which leads to hormone changes in the body.
  • Weak immune system.

The Common symptoms of a yeast infection according to are:

  • Irritation and itching in the vulva and vagina.
  • A burning sensation, that occurs while urinating or during intercourse.
  • Swelling and redness of the vulva
  • Sore and painful vagina
  • Vaginal rash
  • Vaginal discharge curd-like, it is usually white and without odor.

When it comes to bacterial vaginosis the symptoms are the same, but they differ in one thing which is that bacterial vaginosis is characterized by a foul odor.

STIs (sexual transmitted infections) have the same symptoms as the two health issues mentioned above.

Here is according to Dr Jill Grimes the difference between a yeast infection and STis:

” A burn, itch, or discharge doesn’t always mean a yeast infection, whether or not the symptoms disappear after you apply a topical suppository.

Many sexually transmitted infections (STis) have symptoms that last only for short time, causing an initial burn, itch, or discharge, but then those symptoms go away on their own, although the infection is still there.

This is very common, especially with chlamydial infections.

The fact is though the symptoms are now silent; it is possible for this infection to damage your reproductive tract, and in some cases may lead to infertility.

So, when to tell a yeast infection is just a yeast infection (which by the way is not a true infection, but really a yeast overgrowth)? Well, if you are taking an antibiotic (that disturbs your vagina pH level, by killing off the good bacteria in there, and causing an infection elsewhere in your body, like your sinuses).

If you also haven’t ever had a sexual partner, it is likely yeast.

If, however, you have had a new sexual partner, I would suggest seeing your doctor and be diagnosed accurately.”  Source:

If after reading the explanation above, you still suspect that you have a yeast infection, here are some effective natural remedies to alleviate the burning and irritation around and in your vagina.

Yogurt to Relieve The Itching:

Yogurt contains Lactobacillus, a type of bacteria that’s normally found in your vagina.

Using yogurt will restore the amount of good bacteria, and thus eliminating the swelling and itching.

Lactobacillus is rich in hydrogen peroxide. It works to kill candida albicans, the type of yeast that caused the infection.

Applying yogurt on the lips of your vagina will eliminate the itching.

Opt for plain, natural yogurt, and avoid yogurt with added sugar.

If you use yogurt with added sugar, it may worsen your health condition.

Yogurt will soothe, and cool the infected area once applied on it.

Here is how to apply yogurt inside your vagina

  • You can use your finger to insert yogurt into your vagina.
  • Soak a clean tampon applicator into yogurt, and then insert it.

If, you freeze the tampon applicator soaked in yogurt, then insert it, you will experience an instant cooling relief.

Plain, natural yogurt has no side effects. It is totally safe to insert this type of yogurt into your vagina.

Coconut Oil to Relive The Itching:

Studies proved that coconut oil contains anti-fungal properties.

It is very effective when it comes to stop candida overgrowth.

Coconut oil when used cold gives an instant relief.

It stops the itching, and burning in your vagina.

Opt for virgin coconut oil, because it works best to relieve the itching in your groin area.

  • You can apply coconut oil directly from the jar on the vulva of your vagina.
  • Use a clean tampon, soak it in coconut oil, and then insert it into your vagina. This is a very effective way to get the coconut oil in direct contact with your vagina walls, and thus getting the most out of this remedy.
  • Add 2 tablespoons to a bath filled with warm water, and soak in for at least 15 minutes.

In addition to using coconut oil externally, you can consume it to boost your immune system.

Simply add 2 teaspoons to your meals every day, until the symptoms are gone.

If after you followed these remedies, your health problem still there, then consult your doctor.

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