Hey VPers,

I've been battling what I assume to be a yeast infection off an on for the past month. I'll find relief with a clove of garlic (when the damn thing stays in) but the itching and irritation always comes back. My partner helped me get a clear picture last night and I'm a little disturbed at what I saw.
**Please be advised that the image behind the cut is a closeup depicting what appears to be very irritated bump… things. I'm really sorry to put this out there but I can't describe it properly with words.

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Does this look normal (whatever that is) for a yeast infection? I won't be able to see my Dr. for another two weeks, so while I will get answers eventually, I'm feeling pretty impatient with this crazy overall irritation.

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12 Responses to Is this a yeast infection?

  1. OibSuper says:

    It looks like it could be a yeast infection…The white bumpy buildup/discharge type stuff is typical of a YI, so is the itching. Do you get a discharge in your underwear or on toilet paper that looks white and clumpy, sorta like cottage cheese? It may smell like bread too.

    If you want, you can get a pH test at most drug stores now and it might help point towards a YI and provide more confirmation. You can also buy over the counter creams and suppositories to treat a yeast infection. Ideally you should see a gyno first to make sure that’s what it is before you try to treat it yourself, but I know how irritating they are, so I personally would consider self treatment if you think a YI is what it is.

    You can also try to treat naturally with plain yogurt on a tampon, and also eating yogurt. Supposedly a cup a day can really help. The one I had went away on its own, but it took a couple months. I think I also had a small one a couple weeks ago…I was put on an antibiotic for a urinary tract infection, and antibiotics are notorious for messing up the pH in the vagina. It was a small one though and after a couple days use with just a vaginal anti-fungal cream, it went away.

  2. TroGirl says:

    It’s a relief to know the bumpy buildup is typical of a yeast infection. It caught me off guard. The discharge doesn’t really resemble cottage cheese, nor does it smell like anything in particular.

    Yogurt on a tampon seems much easier and relieving than trying to keep a clove of garlic in there. I’ll definitely try that as well as purchasing some pH tests. Thanks so much for the suggestions!

  3. Knious says:

    It could be a yeast infection, but it could also be bacterial vaginosis (BV). When I had BV, I had some very similar milky white discharge, so it’s worth looking into. The only way to know for sure is to get it swabbed by a doctor, since the symptoms for the two are really similar. I can’t tell from your post if you’ve had yeast infections before, so I’m not sure what your frame of reference is. But if the garlic isn’t doing anything, you’ve probably got either (a) a really persistent yeast infection, or (b) bacterial vaginosis. It might make you feel better, if you have the health insurance/funds to afford it, to have a doc tell you for sure. 🙂

    If that’s not an option for you financially (or for whatever other reason), I’m sure the good folks of VP will have great suggestions!

  4. Knious says:

    ETA: As mentioned above, there are also pH tests on the market now. I have no idea how accurate they are, but that’s also an option. 🙂

  5. TroGirl says:

    I had a YI two or three years ago and from what I remember, I definitely had the cottage cheese discharge, which is different from this time around. It was also nowhere near as persistent! I’m just not sure if they’re always the same. If it is BV, is there anything I can do for relief while I’m waiting to see my Dr.?

    Thanks so much for bringing BV to my attention.

  6. 29dWoman says:

    douching/inserting with a syringe 30 mL of 3% hydrogen peroxide for a week will take care of it 🙂

  7. TroGirl says:

    Very interesting! Thank you for the tip. 🙂

  8. 29dWoman says:

    np! It can burn a little, so I know some people will dilute it with water, but the burning was such a relief from the itching I didn’t mind :p

  9. 8idko says:

    Even though the symptoms occur in your vagina, a yeastie beastie is usually based in your digestive system. http://www.ehow.com/how_5701423_remove-yeast-digestive-tract.html There are many off-the-shelf and home remedies to relieve the symptoms. (Google is your friend.) But also work on the cause, not just the symptoms.

  10. TroGirl says:

    Thank you for the comment! Reading the information in the link, I can definitely see how my diet isn’t alleviating problems at all (damn).

  11. Sronia says:

    I’m not sure where you’re seeing “very irritated bumps.” Your vulvar structure looks normal to me (though I agree that the discharge could be a yeast infection). Around the entrance to the vagina, I think I’m seeing tissue from your hymen, and the tongue-texture nubbins near your finger look like Fordyce’s spots irritated by the infection.

    If it’s those latter bumps that you’re worried about, these posts might put your mind at ease (long story short, they are totally innocuous, but sometimes yeast infections or other irritation makes them darker and bumpier):

  12. TroGirl says:

    Thanks so much for letting me know about Fordyce’s spots. The irritated bumps I’m referring to are definitely the ‘tongue-texture’ ones. I’ve noticed their size fluctuate with the itchyness and it makes sense that an infection would make them bumpier.

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